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Ascending India: Bringing Rock Climbing Home (Director’s Cut)

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Near the city of Pune in India, a diverse landscape that includes many rocky and mountainous areas goes largely unused when it comes to recreational activities. Sujay Kawale was born with these mountains in his backyard, but never discovered his love of the outdoors, specifically rock climbing, until he moved to the United States. After being exposed to the western climbing culture, Sujay now seeks to petition the government in his home country to develop and make available rock climbing for the youth of Maharashtra, India.

This documentary follows Sujay on a trip to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, USA, where he learns and explains some of the foundations of sport climbing in the Red River Gorge, and the affects it has had on that area. Sujay then travels to India and tours sites that have been proposed as future climbing destinations.