“Blood, sweat and tears,” climber Mike Libecki proclaims as he holds up his bloody hand for the camera. And that’s just the beginning: mud, wind, rain, crumbling flora and world-class tower climbing are also in the mix (along with Angie Payne, the first woman to climb V13) in Poumaka, a new film from 3 Strings Productions. Set in the wild jungle of Ua Pou, an island in French Polynesia, Poumaka is the epitome of adventure climbing — pain, suffering, unknowns, miserable weather and, ultimately, triumph.
With their vertical aptitude, climbers go places few others can. Often that results in a first ascent, but, occasionally, it also leads to exciting new discoveries. That’s certainly the case with the expedition at the center of Namuli, a film named for the second-highest mountain in Mozambique. Climber Majka Burhardt (a guest at Mountainfilm in 2008 and 2010) became so obsessed with this peak that she assembled a team of athletes, scientists and community members to climb it in order to understand it better. In the process, they discover a bounty of unanticipated biodiversity and gain a better sense of why the region around this mountain deserves stronger conservation.
A tiny sailboat named Dodo’s Delight bobbing through mountain-size waves and ducking icebergs in the Arctic. A band of scraggly and slightly malodorous climbers from all corners of the Earth, armed with instruments and climbing ropes. A Scottish septuagenarian captain wont to nod off at any moment. And a mission: to sail from Greenland to Baffin Island in search of virgin walls to climb.
These are the ingredients of Dodo's Delight, a new film from REEL ROCK that combines the rollicking existence of life at sea with musical interludes, total unknowns and some incredible rock walls. The result is the epitome of adventure.
Wasfia Nazreen doesn't just climb for the thrill; she climbs for a cause. The first Bangladeshi to scale the Seven Summits, Wasfia has made it her purpose to brave these climbs for the sake of something larger - for the women of Bangladesh. Lyrical and poetic, this short documentary is a reflective character portrait that takes us from the depths of Wasfia's struggles to the highest peaks on the planet, as we explore what it means to pursue the unknown.
As longtime professional climbers who eat, sleep and live the sport, Cedar Wright and Matt Segal are used to being competent, comfortable and at the top of their game.
Then they get into paragliding, and what starts as a toe dip turns quickly into a consuming addiction, as well as a lesson in what it’s like to be bumbling, naïve, gung-ho beginners. Tree landings, sketchy moments and junkshow launches become part of the new normal.
With only six months of flying under their belts, and professional flier Matt Henzi as a sensei, Wright and Segal embark on an audacious objective: to climb and fly off Orizaba, the third-highest peak in the America’s and the highest in Mexico.
What ensues is disaster-style climbing, iffy weather, broken gear and a lesson in jumping into the deep end and being forced to swim.