Working from home—WFH, for all you millennial and start-uppers—can be an opportunity to really buckle down and focus without workplace distractions… or it can be an opportunity to give in to all those other, bigger distractions that your boss would dress you down for if she caught you indulging in them at the office.
Rock and Ice is here for you. We should all follow the social distancing recommendations medical professionals are advocating during the coronavirus emergency, but if we’re stuck at home, hell, we might as well treat ourselves a bit!
Here is a curated list of some climbing movies to help you procrastinate in your newfound WFH freedom!
Sometimes life is too short to not waste one’s time going down the rabbit hole of the endless YouTube videos of sick sends from yesteryear.
The measure of a good bouldering-video binge session? How many V-Points did you see get sent?
Jimmy Webb Defies Gravity
This is just a pleasure to watch. Read about Daniel Woods’ first ascent of Defying Gravity (V15), out in Colorado’s South Platte in 2013!
Nina Williams – Speed of Life (V10)
Nina Williams climbs Speed of Life (V10) at Farley Ledge in Massachusetts. Williams began working the boulder problem in 2009 and made the send in April 2015—six years later.
Wild Boyz: Ashima and Zach
Ashima Shiraishi and Zach Galla climbing classics in the South. Also Ashima baking ?
And sometimes, rather than watch people with superhuman finger strength power-scream their way through barely-there crimps, it’s more fun to waste time with these goofy classics.
Almost Alpine – The Greatest Climbing Film Ever Made
The true story of the first ascent of the North Fork Mountain Traverse.
Almost Alpine is a climbing film made by three climbers from the Appalachian Mountains. It is a mockumentary based on the actual first ascent of the North Fork Mountain Traverse in West Virginia. This is the epic climb that shook the climbing community to its core and redefined the American classic.
Join Chad, Jeremy and Alpine Jesse as they tackle one of the longest rock climbs in the world. Develop a new appreciation for the Mid-Atlantic region as the trio uncovers a myriad of new and old climbing areas during their training and preparation for the climb. Unlock the secrets of training hard and taking it to the next level; the über level. Learn how to talk like a rock climber, and develop a new appreciation for the art of belaying. Entirely filmed and produced by local climbers.
And then again, sometimes, its more fun to see how ridiculous we climbers can be.
Pull — A Story About Lead Climbing
Pull follows one of the top lead climbers as he explores the ever-changing world of climbing. This full-length, short, lead-climbing documentary offers a mind-bending breakthrough journey of epic portions, several decades or more in the making. The makers of “Pull” have captured a story about the future of our sport and lead climbing. In many ways this is a look into the most future imaginable.
“Keep your eyes on the future, because when it’s here you won’t be able to see, it is invisible.” – Lead Climber Jeffrey Paul Snyder
Tope Rope Tough Guys
You might remember this gem from Reel Rock Film Tour, but have you seen “The Official Double Secret Director’s Cut” ?
Those big swings sure can be scary. Maybe Honnold should set his sights on a ground up top rope of El Cap next.
And, finally, sometimes it’s nice to queue up something with a bit more meat and story to it—and something that will keep us away from the urgent work emails just a little longer ?
The Great Trango Tower
Mark Synnott, Alex Lowe, Jared Ogden. Great Trango Tower. New Route. Nuff said.
Mirror Wall, the debut feature film from Coldhouse Collective, follows an expedition from world-class climber Leo Houlding and his team as they take on the imposing Mirror Wall, a 1,200-meter vertical tower in the polar mountains of Greenland.
Through failure and success, Alex Megos strives to be the best climber in the world.