Submitted by Max:
DVD Box Set available now at senderfilms.com
Also check out: firstascentseries.com
The first ever ropeless climb of Yosemite’s sheer 2,000 foot wall of Half Dome. The longest BASE jump achieved, from the infamous Eiger Nordwand. A tragic expedition to the lost peaks of Western China. These are just a few of the amazing feats and personal journeys featured in the First Ascent Box Set.
First Ascent is Sender Films’ groundbreaking 6-part series that takes you to the cutting edge of adventure. Produced over two years on five continents, First Ascent follows the greatest climbers to majestic locations around the globe on their quests to redefine what is possible in the mountains.
The First Ascent box set includes the six half hour films of the series, plus more than an hour of bonus footage, with outtakes, behind the scenes, making-of, trailers and additional climbing, high-lining and BASE jumping scenes.
Fear. It’s present on so many of the expeditions that we take into the mountains. Pushing past this fear to achieve our goals leads to some of the most rewarding experiences we can have.
In the summer of 2013, Mike Libecki, Ethan Pringle, and Liv Sansoz traveled to the remote Tian Shan Mountains near the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. The team traveled though desert landscapes, a maze of sandstone towers, high plains and deep valleys to establish one of the must unique multi-pitch climbs in the region.
Stay tuned to mountainhardwear.com for more stories.
I met Lloyd at my local rock climbing gym a few years ago, and discovered that he had an amazing story to tell about his transition from obesity to Ironman hopeful. As I became even more surprised to find out, he was an avid McDonalds eater, and claims that he couldn’t have made his life change without fast food. I decided to put together a short video interview with him so that others might find inspiration, motivation, or merely entertainment through it. This video is not an endorsement for any fast food restaurants, or the eating of fast food. For more information on Lloyd’s success, go over to his blog: bodybymcdonalds.wordpress.com/
Synopsis: Lloyd Brombach is a triathlete, but wasn’t always that way. In 2008 he was nearly 300 pounds heavy and struggling to find his way. Through his own will and dedication, and a diet consisting of fast food, Lloyd was able to lose the weight and compete in the 2012 Arizona Ironman. One of his biggest passions is rock climbing, and the experiences he has had while climbing and the people he has met only reinforces his motivation to stay on the track of proper health.
This video was shot on location at West Virginia’s New River Gorge. The interview was shot just outside of the climbing area known as Summersville Lake, with supporting broll shot in town or around other NRG areas. The climb Lloyd does in the last segment is “Chunko Goes Bowling” on the Orange Oswald Wall.
There is a behind-the-scenes write up on Fstoppers here: fstoppers.com/shooting-location-video-interviews-rock-climbers-dslrs
Directed, Shot and Cut by Mike Wilkinson - vimeo.com/mikewilkinson
Second Shooter was Seth McCubbin - vimeo.com/sethmccubbin
Additional Climbers/belay help were Jennifer Meunier, Sujay Kawale, and Lynn Zwica.
Still photos courtesy of Lloyd Brombach, Jenn Holly, and FinisherPix
Music by Athletics “Why Aren’t I Home” - themusicbed.com/#/Why-Arent-I-Home-Instrumental-896.php
and by Trog’low “stone.mountain.wave.” and “Gymnopedie” - soundcloud.com/milchizzy#
Typeface used is Aller. - fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Aller
No rock climbers were hurt in the making of this mini doc.