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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 20, 2006 - 02:01am PT


These four shorts explore Tahoe's classic problems and the lengths some people go to get to them. This footage was shot during the research of Tahoe Bouldering guide. That fall got a big dumping of snow and skiers were get deep powder on Halloween. The bad news is that many of the access road were snowed in. The good news is that many of the access road were snowed in (it made for some great boulder-pad car tows and Subi Rally Car driving). The films were made by Eric Volz and edited by Katharine Miller. Thank you Metolius for the the pads!

Lover's Leap
Brian Cork climbs a bunch of classics in the Lover's Leap campground then gets eaten by the 5.12 offwidth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSwdfW9CJmI


Echo View
Mark Nicholas works on one of the bazillion hard projects he has sent in the Tahoe area. Eric Volz then climbs some of the classics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpy9r4FL4zE


Donner Summit and Bliss
A tour of some of the best Highball classics at bliss. Then a few donner classics with cool stormy clouds and evening light. We wanted to get to the saddle boulders that day, but high snow blocked us. At least we got some good Subi rally car footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqSMdaZqauc
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
Jul 20, 2006 - 02:06am PT
Cool shot Chris, don't know if I'd call that a "boulder problem" though, 5.10 free solo more like, eh?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
one pass away from the big ditch
Jul 20, 2006 - 02:31am PT
compression issues won't play the first 3 even after the update to allow or mpeg4
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 20, 2006 - 10:54am PT
Great stuff! The Donner movie won't load, even though the rest will. Anyone else having this problem? I miss Donner something fierce! By the way...if you want to see a HILARIOUS movie filmed at Donner, intended to be a serious movie about climbing and teen angst, catch "Take It to the Limit." A must-see flick that will make you think twice about climbing in bare hands again, or without a snakebite kit!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 20, 2006 - 11:12pm PT
OK, I waited long enough and got the fourth one. Toooooo fun. Some of my favorite problems on the film. Missing Donner even more. Thanks!
426

Sport climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 20, 2006 - 11:23pm PT
Nice. Those are some good frame grabs on this site (stills) for the pics of bliss (I assume). Usually they turn out a little funky...

I like the Echo View clip a lot...nice hard pulls...who "hasn't been there" with Mr. Nicholas?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2006 - 09:09pm PT
hmm. bummer more folks cant watch it. anyone have tips for making quicktime movies more viewable?
Brock

Trad climber
RENO, NV
Jul 21, 2006 - 09:42pm PT
Was up at the snowshed wall on Tuesday 7/18 and there was some big camera boom/rig atop of the Aerial arete/ Corrugation Corner area. Anybody know what they were filming???

Ran into a couple good ole climbers I had not seen in over a decade up there...Good ole...YSD (D Griffith).
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Jul 21, 2006 - 10:44pm PT
cool stuff!! Nice probs! The first three videos loaded and played immediately, the 4th took about 1 minute to load (cable modem, OSx.4.7)




I think I've done that OW problem @ the leap right in that main boulder spot?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2006 - 12:04am PT
yeah, that offwidth problem is listed as V? but i thinks it confirmed at 5.12. i dont think that problem could even be put on the V Scale! unless you wanted to call it "V-seriously-awkward/nearly-impossible-except-for-super-old-dad-trad"
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
one pass away from the big ditch
Jul 22, 2006 - 12:59am PT
so can everyone else see em, all?

I'll reinstall QT if so.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jul 22, 2006 - 02:56am PT
Try encoding the videos as .mov files using Sorenson 3.
Much more compatible than H264 or MPEG-4, which require QuickTime 7,
as well as a processor fast enough to decode these types (my 400 Mhz Pismo chokes).

MPEG-1 is the most compatible format of all, but results in files twice as big.
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Jul 22, 2006 - 04:29pm PT
Update:

Tested on Mom's Toshiba laptop after a fresh install of QuickTime 7.1 for Windows...
(uncheck the spam invitations and leave the e-mail field blank––it still works)

The first 3 played instantly, but the 4th wouldn't play until all 23 MB was downloaded.
This took 2 or 3 minutes on a 1.2 M/bit DSL connection. It looks to me that the 4th
vid was knott set to Progressive Download, which allows the vid to start playing
almost immediately while the rest of it finishes downloading.
Chris, You might want to have that one re-encoded so it will be the same as the others.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
one pass away from the big ditch
Jul 22, 2006 - 06:15pm PT
Back in the 80s, not that I climbed there a lot, but that OW was well known to be 12+ OW. True FA info was unknown.

You (read in my dreams) can almost layback part of thing. Way powerful.
smith curry

climber
nashville,TN
Mar 31, 2007 - 11:53am PT
I just want to remind everyone that Eric Volz is still in serious jeopardy, and needs your help. Friendsofericvolz.com and this short movie on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YChhOHrFA4 tell the story.
IV

climber
tahoe
Apr 2, 2007 - 12:58pm PT
That offwith is a real shoulder masher, at least until you get out of it and layback the top. The jams through the crux could accurately be described as "interesting"
Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
Boald'r Effin See Oh
Apr 2, 2007 - 01:02pm PT
Man...that brings back some fantastic memories...like when I FA'd the first nail-up of Kindergarden Crack. I wish that would've been on film.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Apr 3, 2007 - 02:51am PT
Adobe Flash Player 9 seems to work just fine for me. What's the problem?
Lisssa

Social climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 21, 2009 - 12:16pm PT
Love that shot--narly over the highway! Cool videos too (had no problem viewing with flash.
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