Film Guide 2K
by Bomb Proof Productions
Now, with Big Stone from Bomb Proof Productions, we have another full slice of big wall freeclimbing. Big Stone, directed by Drew Bedford, features Tommy Caldwell's first American full free ascent of the Salathé Wall (5.13b/c) on El Cap. You also get to see Jason Campbell doing an on-sight ascent of Zion's Moonlight Buttress (5.13a) and a remix of Lynn Hill's free ascent of The Nose (5.13c), plus color commentary on big wall freeclimbing from Dale Bard, one of the legends of Yosemite climbing.
The camera work in this video is excellent. In contrast to a bouldering video, in which rigging and set-up time are minimal, shooting on a big wall requires a significant amount of time be spent setting up before the shoot can even begin. Couple this with a climber's desire to move quickly and efficiently while being filmed and you've got a logistical nightmare. Bedford overcomes this easily, putting together well shot digital video footage and great sound. You see the climber from bird's eye views, horizontal side angles and through long distance telephoto shots, which all deliver the goods.
If you're looking for a change of pace from the plethora of bouldering videos or simply looking to be inspired by some of the sport's best climbers, get your paws on this puppy.
Matt Stanley, MountainZone.com Staff
Videos fill those long, painful months when the snow, rain and cold keep you off the rock or when you're chained to the city. In fact, this video might just be the only thing that gets you through those tough times. Click here to buy this vid.
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