An Adaptive Alaskan Adventure
Director: Craig Stein
Against the monochromatic backdrop of the Alaskan glacial wilderness Load Bearing tells the story of four adaptive mountaineers and their small support crew on a ten day mountaineering experience. The short film explores what drives these individuals to enter such an extreme and inhospitable environment and what special logistics are required to pull-off such an expedition. It features the dramatic struggle to endure wind driven wet snow, brutally hot sun exposure, damp cold never-dark nights, and the daily physical and mental exertion required to move the team towards it's summit goal.
Load Bearing details the progressive Alaskan adventure program that the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program has pioneered over the past few years and how it evolved into a June 2011 summit attempt of an un-named peak above the Upper Eldridge glacier in the Alaska Range.
Each disabled participant has a different story about how they came to this place and point in time to become part of this group. Their stories are told by the athletes themselves. The film reveals the struggles all have overcome and are still working on to experience the world of outdoor adventure. The characters vary in age, sex, physical disabilities, and social backgrounds which all contribute to a rich team dynamic.