John Long writes, “Jim had an appointment for dialysis treatment in 30 minutes so we had little time. With no planning or prep, we hastily set up cameras in Jim’s back yard and I started asking him questions.
“Jim immediately went to questionably the most controversial event in climbing history: Cesare Maestri’s purported 1970 ascent of the Compressor Route on Cerro Torre, in Patagonia.
The day following this interview, Jim, critically ill from Hepatitis C, dropped into a coma. And one of the seminal figures in modern adventure sports passed away soon thereafter.
A Digital Stoke Media Production
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Produced by: John Long
Directed by: Ted Distel
Director of Photography: Ted Distel
Story Editor: John Long
Edited by: Ted Distel
Music by: Pat Dimitri
Animations: Ted Distel
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Ascent Cover: Rock and Ice
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Additional Photography: Kelly Cordes
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