This video was filmed and edited by Cheyne Lempe for non-commercial creative personal use.
Lucky Monkey is a short film that illustrates a the vibrant events throughout the past year of my life spent in Patagonia and Yosemite National Park. I tried my absolute hardest to capture my experiences while operating at my physical, mental, and emotional limit during the climbs and rescues. Though, during these difficult times, it felt pointless, inappropriate, and greatly inconvenient to pull out my camera. After the fact, I can't express how thankful I am to have captured such unique moments. I'm unbelievably lucky to be continually surrounded by incredible people in such inspiring places. Creating the film was a great learning experience, as I poured every ounce of energy and creativity into it. I hope to continually get better at telling stories throughout my future trips and adventures.
What's next?? Tomorrow I leave the country for Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia to spend my winter hanging out on the beach,sport climbing, surfing, and absolutely loving life with my lovely girlfriend.
An in depth segment about me climbing in Patagonia can be seen in Chuck Fryberger Films new climbing film Exposure Vol. 1:
Climbing footage from various mountains in Patagonia:
The Care Bear Traverse - Fitz Roy Massif
Comensana-Fonrouge - Aguja Guillaumet
The Royal Flush - Fitz Roy
Climbing footage from various big walls in Yosemite:
Native Son - El Capitan
Octopussy - El Capitan
Sunkist - El Capitan
The Salathe (w/ partner) - El Capitan
The Salathe (solo) - El Capitan
South Face - Mt. Watkins
Metro by Ambient Human
Getting' Money by Eliot Lipp
Unlucky Skin by Shakey Graves
Jockolatex Reggae Dubstep 5 by Jockolatex
Sorrow by Sleepless Nights
North Beat by North Beat
In the early months of the emergency - ghost Hunter
Hiphop Instrumental #5 by Obi Es
Canon 5D Mark II w/ 17-40mm f4 & 50mm f1.4
Sony NEX-5N w/ 16mm f2.8 prime
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The mountain wanted to devour me, and hold me in its stomach forever. This route was going to be the longest climb of my life. A vertical net gain of 2000 meters seemed nearly impossible at my ability level. I wanted to climb the route more than I have ever wanted to climb anything else in my life.
Scott and I began climbing The North West Ridge of Aguja Mermoz into The North Pillar of Cerro Fitz Roy. We free climbed up to 5.11, and used points of aid, pendulums, and rappels to navigate through the tricky ridges along with wet and icy cracks. We successfully completed the wild idea to climb one of the longest route in El Chalten.
Climbing has always been a quintessential part of finding purpose. In the seemingly never-ending whirlwind of positive and negative emotions, I found peace in Patagonia.
Filmed by Scott Bennett and Cheyne Lempe
Computer vs. Banjo - Glue
Tycho - Sunrise Projector
Boards Of Canada - '84 Pontiac Dream
Ki:Theory - Truth Is Ruthless
Canon 60D, 50mm 1.8 & 18-135mm 3.5
Final Cut Pro 7
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Check out the full feature short film!!
Here is some raw footage from a longer short film that will be completed in the next few weeks. I share some words about my experience soloing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
North Beat - North Beat
Sorrow - Sleepless Nights
In The Early Months Of The Emergency - Ghost Hunter# vimeo.com/79034685 Uploaded 33.1K Plays 176 Likes 9 Comments
After 24 hours on 3 airplanes and 50 hours on 3 busses, I finally found myself in Patagonia. I feel blessed to be able to call El Chalten, Argentina home for two months.
I have been editing all of the footage as fast as possible in the back of our ghetto living situation in a trailer behind an old couple's house. Staying patient with the town's extremely slow satellite internet connection, I hope you enjoy Chapter 2 of my adventure in South America.
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