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BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 16, 2018 - 10:50am PT
Cool. Technically, it was an amazing job.

I liked the film. I was getting squirmy when his girlfriend started getting emotional, because I've never met a free soloist who even had a girlfriend.

He sent her on a quest, cleared his head, and fired it.

The crux was wild. I got gripped watching, and I KNEW that he had done it.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Nov 16, 2018 - 05:41pm PT
I just saw it, very impressed with the production. Got a bit nauseated seeing him approach the boulder problem and work through it, knowing, of course, the outcome (which even Alex himself could not know at that time).

The star was Peter Croft in my opinion. Said all the right things at every critical juncture in the story line. What an invaluable asset (to Alex).
Rattlesnake Arch

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Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2018 - 05:01am PT
RE Lonnie Kauk's preferred location and state of climbing fitness

There aren't any climbers of his caliber who could free solo El Cap. Brad Gobright is the closest there is right now. Lonnie Kauk can free solo 5.13's but prefers to stay in Tuolumne.

... As for Brad and Lonnie, you might want to catch up on Lonnie's present state of climbing fitness...

"Beyond Magic Line and the routes mentioned above, Lonnie has become known as one of the preeminent free soloists and highball boulderers."

https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/lonnie-kauk-makes-first-full-redpoint-of-his-fathers-magic-line-5-14c-placing-all-gear-on-lead/

I know it doesn't compare to free soloing El Cap, though...
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Nov 17, 2018 - 07:33am PT
The star was Peter Croft in my opinion. Said all the right things at every critical juncture in the story line. What an invaluable asset (to Alex).

Yep. Peter Croft was excellent. How many times did he solo the Rostrum in a day? Soloed Astroman.

And he is still around smiling.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 17, 2018 - 08:49am PT
I know it doesn't compare to free soloing El Cap, though...
I have to concede here, he looked like he was all done and past his prime just a few years ago, too much snow boarding if I recall, looks like he went out and fixed that. Mikey is looking a lot leaner in that photo than in the movie as well.
Klimmer2.0

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
Nov 17, 2018 - 09:51am PT
I really like the movie. Can’t wait to get it on DVD eventually. Gonna print the movie poster in full size eventually and maybe Alex will make it to San Diego sometime and I’ll get it signed and then frame it.

Not sure it will ever be done again by another person. Unbelievably spectacular truly.

I woukd like to say though the real inspiration for this incredible human physical feat was Captain Kirk. Captain Kirk went for it. If it wasn’t for Spock he would have cratered. Lol c’mon Alex confess. Captain Kirk was the inspiration. You wanted to finish what Captain Kirk could not 😂😎🤙

[Click to View YouTube Video]
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
Nov 17, 2018 - 10:32am PT

Spock = Honnold, McCoy = Croft, Kirk = DP

[Click to View YouTube Video]
Rattlesnake Arch

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2018 - 06:52pm PT
... the real inspiration for this incredible human physical feat was Captain Kirk...

Thanks for the reminder, Klimmer2.0.

For those who have missed it, El Capitan Kirk:

[Click to View YouTube Video]
kingtut

climber
Jingus Newroutaineer
Nov 17, 2018 - 09:17pm PT
^^^Hopefully the movie and those strong friendships and relationships save Alex's life.
Rattlesnake Arch

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2018 - 08:25am PT
For those among us in Boothbay Harbor Maine (probably very few), there is a special showing of Free Solo today.

https://www.boothbayregister.com/article/rock-climber-henry-barber-introduce-free-solo/109965

I don't think I'll be able to make it (from Las Vegas).
Rattlesnake Arch

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2018 - 10:14am PT
Has it aired overseas yet? My guess is it will go over better in Europe than in the states.

Free Solo is having its Dutch premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) tomorrow. It is included in their "Best of Fests" program. According to IDFA, "Striking documentary films from the international festival circuit are central to Best of Fests. The program showcases prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the past year." All of the scheduled showings are sold out.

Technically, the international premiere was in Toronto back on Sept 9, when it won the Peoples Choice Documentary Award. But that's not overseas.
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 18, 2018 - 10:07pm PT
glad to have paid the $11. made by climbers

My 2cents:

Solo in title a bit of an oxymoron. Many others involved...

Samurai pulling out best sword? Some collect swords, some collect guns? Maybe trad., if "lucky", swords are sometimes given, and they have a caretaker for a time.

Warrior seeking perfection so not to die? No, but good start, maybe half way there. Also, there may be many other ways there, none less too.

Something similar from a master, ... if you look east, for a warrior's way, you may not have to go far. Some cast out, live east of eden. Why be a warrior?

If interested, take it to Japan. Maybe look up Yuji. You don't have to wear red so high, if you choose to, why? Lose more often than not, or at best break even.

Another master said he taught, no matter how old he became, he could always improve. Croft cameo, in spades, hearts, diamonds...

Africa strong work. Good sense of self.

The climb singular.

allay fear, alex, allez... yes! mastery


Rattlesnake Arch

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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2018 - 05:59am PT
Free Solo premieres in England.

"“Free Solo” won the Grand Prize at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday night. A contender in Kendal’s main International Film Competition, the documentary from E. Chai Vasarhelyi, who helmed Sundance hit “Meru,” and Jimmy Chin, a climber in that film, was the overall winner in a lineup of 90 mountain and adventure films.
The audience – despite being predominantly mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts themselves – still shuddered, flinched and sweated as the story of this unroped climb of the El Capitan rockface by the climber Alex Honnold unfolded. Not only does this film record the extraordinary achievement of a near impossible climb, but it also is not afraid to confront the climber and colleagues with the real possibility of failure and death."

https://variety.com/2018/film/festivals/free-solo-tops-kendal-mountain-festival-1203032125/

(About Kendal Mountain Festival - Kendal Mountain Festival, held in the town of Kendall in the Lake District of England, is an award-winning event that has grown in size and diversity over the last 17 years. It is also the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK)

Sounds like a good time...

BTW The Dawn Wall won Best Climbing Film.
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 19, 2018 - 08:00am PT
Still has me thinking... I rememnnber some articles about an interest in the Valley in Bushido FWIW

From a Master, "Sensei". Maybe you have to hear it.

"Now that everyone has a gun, it doesn't mean anything."


Definitely not from a master, still thinking...

Gathering the familiar tight shoes, perfectly slipping into them, pulling on the heels, hearing them fart. wuuush...

Purple unicorn, somewhere in the middle, keep an eye on that one.

Great climbing film. Up there for me with the Ben Moon top of the tower solo, paparazzi thing back not that long ago.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Nov 19, 2018 - 08:13am PT
The first time I saw it with a few guys and I remember thinking, "his girlfriend is nuts, he needs to run for his life."

Then I saw it with my wife an thought, "he's kind of a jerk to his girlfriend."

Obviously I don't know much about them, but being in that relationship (how I perceived it) would scare me about as much as free soloing.


Great work by everyone involved and the music in the final climbing scene was spot on and gave me chills. I can't imagine filming a friend do that, I get scared when friends just rappel out of sight.


Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 19, 2018 - 10:31am PT
My last post. I have too much time.

In the rare chance you read this.

I've heard from a reputable source, this is a good book.

"The Warrior's Path: Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters"

by James Sidney

You have the crew, seem to be on the tour. Get together and go interview some of the previous generation. Some of the stories are being lost. Maybe one on one meetings, watch some footage of Free Solo together, get some reactions. Ask them to share some old pictures and stories.

Be sure to talk to Mr. Caldwell. Get some embarrassing pictures and stories of Tommy.

Pay respects. It will likely go in unexpected directions, hopefully sometimes sideways. Roots of a tree, growing into the trunk... I can't explain it.

Do it! Might be a good follow up to a very good film.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2018 - 12:03pm PT
The first time I saw it with a few guys ...

Most any red-blooded climber would be delighted to find a GF like Sanni.

"she's cute and small... and fits in the van".
Jim Clipper

climber
Nov 19, 2018 - 01:01pm PT
ok, not my last post.

Maybe I'm projecting, still, I think that the quote about the van chick may have been more tongue in cheek than it appears out of context.

For what he's done, he seems to have a decent amount of perspective about himself, maybe the valley?

Looked like he maybe sees the consequence of getting too close to the edge, so he tries to keep what he thinks is a healthy distance.

Finally, perspectives change with age. The perceived value of a van chick may change too, then again, maybe not. just projecting...



Not saying he wouldn't appreciate it, but maybe not entirely his style. Meh... what am I saying?


Credit: Jim Clipper
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Nov 19, 2018 - 01:44pm PT
I don't see the big deal of being upfront that for certain guys a girlfriend is an afterthought.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 19, 2018 - 03:34pm PT
If they win an Academy Award I'll cheer that too!

I'll second that...

the quote about the van chick may have been more tongue in cheek than it appears out of context.

Agreed.
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