Dave MacLeod is without doubt one of the world's top all-round climbers - renowned for his dedication and single minded training. Many hours of gripping footage document Dave working on his latest projects, cranking hard and succeeding on seemingly impossible routes. But what about Dave the man? This film, shot in Magic Wood, Switzerland, is a portrait of Dave – combining interviews and climbing. This unique glimpse of Dave's life, allows him to share his experiences, his ideas, his thoughts on being a climber and what it really takes to improve and succeed.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.
Pleasure eats senses
Power seems unlimited
Suddenly I discover
The only escape from madness
Is the old path through
Blood, sweat and tears.”
– Voytek Kurtyka
-a year of livin the alpine dream throughout the sierra, cascades, patagonia, and alaska
whit, beau, dustin, jarad, mark, chris, tony, randy, tad
florence & the machine
**intro wind & chimes from radical face
special thanks to steve dempsky at figure four packs, randy and crew at K2 air, seba at aylen aike, and all my partners for being so down to get after it with me!
"The smash cult hit Underdeveloped received two special mentions from the Kendal Mountain Film Festival judges (Climbing and Jury), impressive for a debut film.
'Captures the spirit of climbing perhaps better than any other film' Most people who've seen it.
This film is simply a story of a bunch of friends from Belfast who went climbing in their home country. The title refers to the massively underdeveloped climbing areas that reside on the emerald isle that for years have seen a small but highly keen community enjoy the beautiful and diverse climbing. A desire to highlight these crags to the wider world led to the decision to create this film.
Filmed throughout on a set of second hand video cameras, travelling to all the major crags in worn out cars, the film captures not only bold first ascents, rare repeats of modern classics but also the humor and banter that is intricate with the climbing scene in Ireland.
Underdeveloped follows the climbers as they explore the high granite tors of the Mournes, climb the splitter cracks in the Burren and develop the bold tall faces away from the impressive columns of Fair Head. The light hearted attitude and enjoyment for the sport is apparent throughout. There are no glossy productions, or fancy camera work, it's just a film about climbing in Ireland." Alastair Lee
Area: Hönö, Öckerö, Fjällbo and Utby in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Problems: Photogenique 5+, Öckeröhoppet 7B+, Voodoo 7A, White Russian 7A, Slugg 7A and Skotofobi 7A.
Climbers: Ohrsten Højby and Jacob Stærk.
Extras: A car falls off the cliff.
Equipment: Nikon D800 DSLR, Røde Shutgun, Nikon 14-24 mm f:2.8 and Sigma 28-57 mm f:2.8 & Canon 550, Tokina 11-16 f:2.8.
Music: Hot Fire, Them Never Love No Bans and Foniqz, Spectrum Subdiffusion Mix (CCBY).
Camera: Jacob Stærk and Ohrsten Højby
Made by: Jacob Stærk