Trip Report
The Backyard Project
Sunday August 14, 2011 9:02pm
Credit: Craig Muderlak
This multimedia preview of a video includes animation, all original music, and climbing footage. The video is about accessing climbing "projects" by bike around Boulder, Colorado - something which is quite convenient but under utilized. The rules: pick a challenging climb near Boulder, bike to it, and "project" it. This video is not about cutting edge "projecting;" Instead, it's about the visceral human experience of climbing, and accentuating the process and accomplishment by biking to it. As with much of my work, I attempt to highlight a sense of place, the human experience, and a passion for art and adventure. In this teaser I attempted to showcase some of the intimate, expressionistic sides of climbing as well as its nuances: preparing food and gear, thinking about the climb, and climbing as artistic inspiration. As with most of my work, I've written and recorded all the music. The final video will include additional footage of my friends working on their own "projects," and additional original music with found sounds from bicycles, rocks, and climbing gear. In the finished video, I want the term "project" to serve as more than a term for frequenting a climbing route, but instead as a metaphor for the merging of climbing, biking, music, and art into a collaborative pursuit. If you're wondering, this route is "FM" 5.11+ in Boulder Canyon. Please check out the video at:

...also, if you're interested, please check out and vote on the two minute film competition. My video is named "Our Office" and is a spoof on "The office" TV series. If you like it please vote for it and it will show at the premier....Thanks so much!

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Craig Muderlak
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Craig Muderlak is a climber from Boulder, CO.

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