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Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 9, 2009 - 01:09pm PT
Progression, the latest from Big Up Productions is now available: Sharma, Honnold, Caldwell and more

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Behind every breakthrough in the progression of climbing, there's a true story of doubt and determination, perseverance in the face of failure. From boulders, to big walls, to competition podiums, the climbers at the top of the game share a commitment to do whatever it takes to achieve their vision.

Chris Sharma applies his bouldering power to a new batch of hard sport routes in Spain, while training for his nemesis, a project at Clark Mountain, CA (featured in KING LINES). Later he returns to Clark Mountain to complete the route and establish one of the world's hardest rock climbs, Jumbo Love (5.15b).

Tommy Caldwell continues to break new ground in Yosemite big wall free climbing, with the first free ascent of Magic Mushroom, and a glimpse of his latest El Cap super project, Mescalito.

Kevin Jorgeson pushes highball bouldering to a new level with his terrifying ascent of Ambrosia, in Bishop, CA.
Chris McNamara

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Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2009 - 12:55am PT
Bump, a quick little review:

For starters, i am biased. I am in the movie (I am launching my career as a belayer to the stars). And so i really dig the Tommy Caldwell section on El Cap. Its just so friggin ridiculous that he is trying to free THAT section of the wal.... uh where are the cracks?! But he seems to link it together.

I am also biased because the movie is packed so much with Nor Cal talent! The other 3 main bad asses in the movie are:

Sharma - Santa Cruz
Honnold - Sacramento
Jorgeson - Santa Rosa

I dont know what is in the water around here that makes these guys send so hard... oh yeah, no I remember, its water from the Sierra. These guys a drinking the beverage of champions: Sierra Snowmelt. Same goes for Brower, Rowell, Muir, ....

Anyway, back to the climbing. Jorgeson does some ridiculous highballs including the 5.14 bishop "boulder problem." Its so sick. That guy just takes it to a very very scary place. Speaking of which, when i first saw this of Kevin photo by Jerry Dodrill, i knew it had to be on the Nor Cal Bouldering cover,

And Honnold of course is fairly unstoppable. They dont have footage of the big solos (half dome, moonlight) but there is some great stuff with him, kevin and matt segal on gritsone. They are dubbed Team America which makes me remember that classic movie with the same tittle (F YEah!!!!)

Which brings us to Sharma who most of have seen climb a lot of really hard stuff. But this Sharma clip is different in that you really get a sense of the physical and psychological drain of doing such a sick sick project. Jumbo Love (which apparently is in california even thought it really looks like it is around vegas) definitely shuts Chris down in the beginning. You then get to see all that Chris has to go through to take his climbing to that next level. And even then, its not clear he will be able to link it all together. Good story telling. Good build up to breakthrough. Not just another sport climb set to music.

And there are other parts i am leaving out. Some comp climbing in europe, Ondra etc.

Overall, the production quality is awesome. I really feel that the climbing world is lucky to have film makers that put a sweet finish on everything from the music selection to the photography.

Warning: this film will make you psyched to get off your ass and climb!

Trad climber
Southern Tier, NY
Oct 12, 2009 - 09:58am PT
I saw it over the weekend, it was good stuff. The moonlight buttress piece was ridiculous...

Trad climber
Oct 12, 2009 - 11:12am PT
I ordered it a week ago and I'm super psyched to see it! I'm really looking forward to the piece on Magic Mushroom that is supposed to be on the DVD, but not a part of the film.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2009 - 11:49am PT
oh yeah, forgot about the magic mushroom segment. that was really cool to see how one climbs and overhanging corner with no jamming or face holds... in fact, is there even a name for that? Reverse arete climbing? StemChimneySmearing?

Oct 12, 2009 - 12:02pm PT
It's a phenomenal film, but one correction to CMac's theory. Chris was not raised on Sierra snowmelt. We're on our own water in Santa Cruz. City water comes from the Santa Cruz Mountains. But, to your credit, those are the same storms that create the Sierra snow.

Oct 12, 2009 - 02:52pm PT
'only' 2 hours and 54 minutes remaining until download complete, LOL
it better be worth the wait :))


Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:30pm PT
Some of those moves look incredible!!!

Should be a great film.. again!!!
the Fet

Oct 12, 2009 - 03:37pm PT
Josh Lowell seriously kicks ass.

Mountain climber
Big Bear California
Oct 12, 2009 - 03:49pm PT
Downloaded mine this am....
Definitely a great option!

Oct 12, 2009 - 07:52pm PT
The download is HD--better quality than the DVD, I believe.

Oct 13, 2009 - 07:26am PT
It was defenitely worth the long download. The part about competition climbing felt a bit out of place though. Everything else is excellent.

The stuff that Tommy Caldwell does is so far above what I can even imagine, it's ridiculous. Dyno to an edge maybe one inch wide and then a mantle up that thing...


Trad climber
Canoga Bark! CA
Oct 13, 2009 - 09:58am PT
Spambot! Oh,'s just Chris - whew!


Social climber
Hercules, CA
Oct 16, 2009 - 03:11pm PT
Just ordered mine now. Looking forward to it, especially since I missed the Reel Rock tour when it came through.

Buzzard Point, TN
Nov 7, 2009 - 07:55pm PT
What a great flick.

Topians:See CMac chillin (heh) in a snowstorm on the Cap, too...That footage reminded me of that old photo of Gullich bolting in the snow on trango off a hook wearing his ninjas...

Bonus: There's an hourish of extras like Segal (FL represent!) sending a sick hard trad route in CO.

Over 2 hours of da sick...

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