Filmmaker Chuck Fryberger makes climbing movies for climbers. His flicks are an intimate look at state of the art and he suffers no patience for those on the short end of the learning curve. “I’m going to make a film with Chris Sharma and I’m not going to explain who he is, because that just gets in the way of the story.” He said in a recent interview.
So don’t expect a voiceover narration on the intricate details of big wall climbing or even bouldering. “I’m not at all worried about confusing non-climbers with my films,” Fryberger said. “If my mom sees this film and understands everything she sees then I’ve failed."
Ron Kauk is one of the best known climbers in Yosemite Valley. He was among that early generation of big wall pioneers that set the standards and established the major routes that are still popular today. Since 1974 he’s been a regular in the Yosemite climbing community. Having made the first free ascent of Washington Column in 1975 with John Long and John Bachar Kauk renamed the route Astroman and it became the most challenging climb in the Valley for more than 10 years.
On a joy trip...
The new film by Nick Waggoner and Sweetgrass Productions is nothing short of stunning. Not since his groundbreaking ski movie Signatures have snow sports been so profoundly elevated from mere adventure to art. Exquisite and sublime Solitaire takes expedition filmmaking to a new level combining music and athleticism to create a dance of speed, strength and courage that virtually sings with sheer poetry.
An interview with the inspirational ultra-marathon runner of the Endurance 50
Back in 2006 ultra distance runner Dean Karnazes performed an amazing stunt. Over the course of 50 days he ran 50 marathons in each of the 50 United States. An inspiring feat to be sure, running 26.2 mile every day and then traveling quickly by car to the next state and do it again. But what was especially interesting to Dean and me too with I spoke to him were the stories of the many people he met...
I face the anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001with mixed emotions. But every year I find myself asking the same question I struggled with then on that beautiful late summer morning. What happens next?