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.
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
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.
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.