El Capitan a film by Fred Padula


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Allen Hill

Social climber
Aug 31, 2012 - 08:23am PT
I honestly think it's the best American climbing film ever made. The crap that's rolled out theses days (Sender Films comes to mind) has no heart and soul, just commercial value via product placement. Conversely "El Capitan" is nothing but heart and soul. Optical printed moon and all. Absolute art.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 31, 2012 - 10:00am PT
Great film with a lot of soul. Lito lives a half mile from us in Chilean Patagonia. He doesn't climb anymore but his stories complimenting the gourmet meals his wife Linde provides are memorable.

Social climber
San Francisco
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:22pm PT
This classic film has been restored in HD from the original film positive and it is being released on DVD and BluRay!! You can get a copy if you search for El Capitan FIlm on Kickstarter.com

This new release looks and sounds better than the film has ever looked before. It is also going to include audio commentary with the original climbers and also some short videos with them.

Here is a link:


Social climber
San Francisco
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Here is a note from the filmmaker:

EL CAPITAN, the classic 1968 movie is on Kickstarter

Google: Kickstarter, El Capitan

With the money that I hope to raise from Kickstarter contributors, I will be able to complete the El Capitan film restoration, and finish preparing the new HD digital master.

After being out of distribution for over 10 years, with your help, the classic film, El Capitan, will finally be available again, restored in HD and looking better than ever.

If you would be inclined to pass this information on to your friends by way of Twitter and Facebook, it would really help.

Thank you for your support.

Fred Padula
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:42pm PT
A nicer person would have just put the old version on youtube for free.

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Oct 8, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Afternoon bump.

Oct 8, 2012 - 08:04pm PT
A nicer person would have just put the old version on youtube for free.

I'm surprised it already isn't, I guess climbers are a more honest bunch than I thought.

Trad climber
Bristol, UK
Oct 9, 2012 - 12:00pm PT
I coughed up the $30 for the DVD and other goodies.

Looking forward to seeing proper, sharp, HD transfer version of the 16mm colour film.

I have a feeling the difference is going to be staggering.

The extras sound interesting too.

Trad climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 01:42am PT
This is awesome! Can't wait to get my Blu-ray!

Oct 10, 2012 - 08:24am PT
This IS awesome.

El Capitan is my favorite climbing film of all time. No idea how many times I've seen it - but it's a lot. I was always bummed that such a great movie was only available in such poor quality. I've only been hoping it would get remastered for about the last 20 years.

Bump for more kickstarter pledges. Pretty excited to see (and hear) it in HD.


Seneca area
Oct 10, 2012 - 10:40am PT
They've got a long way to go in just 3 weeks. Hope they make it as I'd like to see them be able to finish this. Seems a reasonable amount to pledge for getting a copy. The thing is with Kickstarter is if they don't make the goal, they get none of the pledged money... My son is a film maker and recently tried to raise money via Kickstarter for a pilot episode for a cable series and didn't make it. He got zilch!

Com'n folks help'm out! This is a great climbing flick and time's a tick'n!

Social climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 12:41pm PT
El Capitan and Johnny Dawes' Stone Monkey are the two best climbing movies ever made.

Which, coming from someone who is a good friend of Pete Mortimer, Nick Rosen and the whole Sender crew, is saying a lot (and might get me into a lot of trouble).

No sponsors, no corporate backers. No desire to make something pleasant, successful or easy on the eyes. No narrative, no explanation, just raw, unprofessional, personal vision: Here's my take on climbing, take it or leave it.

Pledge made....good luck!

Oct 10, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
Do people get their money back if the project doesn't meet its goal?

Big Wall climber
Oct 10, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
You are not billed until it meets its goal. If the deadline passes without meeting it you are never billed at all.

Oct 10, 2012 - 09:35pm PT

Trad climber
OAK (nee NH)
Oct 10, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
bumpasaurus rex

this is so very worthy. pony up!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 11, 2012 - 12:04am PT
Donate for a great cause!

I watched the movie once while having to put up with a lot of second party internet,invade my computer, bottomfeeder BS.

These guys are trying to deliver a reasonably costed hard copy disk of a very cool work of art. This is an honest deal in a age of owning digital things that reside in the "cloud".

All the documentation that was taken for granted 30 years ago is disappearing.

Remember when it was something to do at night in the Valley to watch that film of the West Face of Sentinel? "Like walking on eggshells"... So much of what floated ordinary imaginations has been replaced with beyond reach examples.

Trad climber
Nov 11, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
don't you just hate it when things go BUMP in the Belay...

Hello all.. just an update.. it was funded!

Thanks for doing this Fred... I missed my chance to get my own copy back in the day.. I'm looking forward this re-release. Can't wait for it to start shipping!

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