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The Ken Wilson story, one of the legends of British climbing who remained between the lines, almost....
Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.
Hard Rock is a tribute to writer and publisher Ken Wilson (1941-2016). At the heart of the film is an interview recorded with Ken as he was beginning to suffer the effects of dementia. He reflects on his life, his work and the changes he has seen in the climbing world. One of Ken's most famous books, the classic anthology of climbing essays, Hard Rock, is used as a prism to examine his philosophy. World class climbers Steve McClure, Calum Muskett and Michaela Tracy each pay tribute by climbing a classic route from the book. Ken laments a golden age of adventure and the film marks the passing of the climbing world's most prolific publisher.