El Capitan Film Restoration by Fred Padula (Kickstarter)


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Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 18, 2012 - 02:20am PT
he's got two weeks to raise another $15k~.
be nice if a big name climbing corp (patagonia or bd) would pitch in

Oct 18, 2012 - 03:53am PT
Bump for a great film.

Anyone have a feel for how well this has been advertised on other sites? 2 weeks for 15K feels a little tight to me, and it would be a shame if this project fell through due to lack of advertisement or too tight a timeline.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Oct 18, 2012 - 06:14am PT
Only 24 posts on this site...

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 18, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
I haven't looked, but do you know if it was posted on MP?
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Oct 18, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Yes, I posted it on the home page under the news section.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 20, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
Wow, only a $15 donation gets you one of the most classic climbing movies ever! What a deal.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 20, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
I pledged and I'm wondering if Kickstarter allows extensions to the fundraising window. It would be a shame if this project went up in smoke over a few thousand dollars at deadline.

Trad climber
Oct 20, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
Most Kickstarter campaigns gets lots of action when they first get posted, and then they level off, finally getting a big rally as the deadline gets closer. I think this one is on track to maybe just make it. Personally, I think he's offering the DVD's and Blu-Ray's at too low of a contribution. It doesn't seem to be enough to actually cover the costs of the actual reward, let alone leave enough money for the restoration of the film. I've already given $30 for the Blu-ray, but I'll give more if it comes up short on the deadline day.

Big Wall climber
Kalispell, Montanagonia
Oct 20, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Bump to the top. Pledge done. Have some giving ground to make up, and one of you out there knows why. Thanks for the push, and thanks to CMac for his FB post reminder.

Burly Bob and wife Kim

Mountain climber
Mill Valley
Oct 23, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
Thanks for the support everyone. Please share the Kickstarter page with your friends. We have 8 days to go and need a lot more contributions to reach our goal. I've really been trying to get El Capitan back in circulation and it's been a big effort and expense and need a little help to make this successful.

Thank you again and please feel free to contact me directly at elcapitalthemovie@gmail.com or fredpadula@hotmail.com.

Social climber
Mill Valley, CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 03:41pm PT
Pledge made. Thanks for bringing your film back to life Fred!

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Oct 23, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
Fred, have you contacted asked any climbing companies for financial support?

Mountain climber
Mill Valley
Oct 23, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
Yes, we have contacted all the ones we felt were likely to support the film and are still waiting to hear from a few. Any suggestions are welcome. Kickstarter has us on a tight schedule.

Thank you again to everyone for your support.

Boulder climber
Oct 24, 2012 - 01:21am PT
Pledged and begging on Facebook.
Dave Johnson

Mountain climber
Sacramento, CA
Oct 24, 2012 - 10:18am PT
1981 screening in Sacramento I organized
1981 screening in Sacramento I organized
Credit: Dave Johnson
Donated. The film is beautiful. I went to a showing in S.F. in the late-70's. Nobody had seen anything like it. I recall Fred had an ad to rent the film in Climbing. In 1982, some friends and I were going on a climbing trip to Peru so I organized a screening at CSUS in Sacramento to raise money. A buddy, Mark Hudon, signed on to present his slide show, "The Long, Hard & Free". I think Mark took beer in lieu of money.

I peppered the local colleges and outdoor stores with posters and we had a full house. We even made a few bucks - at $2 a head. Both the film and slide show were big hits. Don't miss an opportunity to own a quality, restored DVD of this terrific film.


Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 24, 2012 - 03:34pm PT
This is a great film. I remember seeing it on PBS, I think. Anyway, it really left an impression. Happy to donate to get a copy.

Oct 24, 2012 - 03:43pm PT
Nice little interview:

Fred, could you tell me more about the soundtrack/score? It's very cool.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 24, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
There are not too many things that drastically changed the course of my life.

This film really did. I borrowed this film in VHS so many times from my local climbing shop (AMH).

So eventually I ended up driving into Yosemite completely sleep deprived and nodding off at the wheel through Tuolumne..I crushed my fingers in the window .. I yelled and screamed in order to stay awake.. I could not stop

There was only one place I wanted to go.. As I came around the corner after exiting a tunnel I saw ElCap for the first time..

I navigated a crazy bunch of roads and drove past camp four at a high rate of speed.. I found some pullout next to a meadow and stared upward at my destination ..jumped out of the car grabbing my rock shoes.

I nearly flew through the woods and came to the sacred stone... I touched it, put my shoes on and began to climb...

Thanks Fred

Lets make this happen

Oct 24, 2012 - 05:33pm PT
Pledged, only 9k to go!
pelut espania

Big Wall climber
Oct 24, 2012 - 05:39pm PT
I donat too right now as these film make my career as climber start. It would be nice if ol Americans pay the money to have this film new again and if you post all day on this bored for free and are tipical crybaby trustafariani' American pay some money as this site is not your diary ok?
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