UKC Climb Films Playlist 1

A hand-picked programme of climbing films for UKC Users to enjoy.

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An old timer shows us all how a way of living.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Everyone loves Frank.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

The first time Frank Sanders saw Devil’s Tower was in the sudden brilliance of a lightning strike. It sent a wave of anxiety through him, but the next day he climbed The Tower. 43 years later, he’s repeated that act more than 2,000 times and learned a thing or two about about going up and not growing old.

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Very funny animation, most climbers will have been on both ends of this rope, know anyone who belays like this...?

Anna Paxton

This is going to have all of you laughing.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Hugo and Lipe are back on the wall to face all challenges(and some bad luck) of alpine climbing—frozen and wet rock, poor communication with each other, inner demons, selfies, and the frigid, ever-changing weather.

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Immensely dramatic and remarkably complete epic documentary about the challenges of female climbing in Afghanistan. Probably the best film in the festival because not only is it highly challenging, it is also a lot of fun. You will feel better about the world if you watch it.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Astounding. Watch this.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

At times, this documentary is extremely challenging to watch because it does not hold back from contextualising the barriers women must overcome in this film. Though this in turn helps demonstrate why this all-female group's expedition is truly empowering and ground-breaking.

Ruth Farrar

The challenge is not always a peak this film demonstrates that in spades an incredibly harrowing story. Contains graphic scenes, extreme violence watch with corsham.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

A group of Afghan women attempt to climb the highest mountain in Afghanistan. As determined as they are, it seems even they underestimated the challenge they were taking on, mentally, physically, and culturally. Powerful and sometimes hard to watch, but please do watch it.

Anna Paxton

A joint venture between Vice and HBO, we learn about the everyday challenges of being a woman in Afghanistan, and some dark chapters in the history of women's rights there. The bulk of the film follows a group of young women as they progress through a programme of training and then an attempt on a high peak in Afghanistan, accompanied by local climbers and a US based guide, Danika Gilbert. It is a challenging and sometimes emotional journey for everyone, as they battle injury, tiredness and personal demons. But the girls' energy is contagious, and inspiring. Each participant wants to summit Mount Noshaq. The more important question is whether the experience can help them live their lives as fully and bravely as possible.

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After this winter I'm not sure you going to want to see more snowy shots but here they are from the winter before and Sheffields own house

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

The wonderfully warm Scottish voiceover of this film whisks you away on a winter climbing adventure to Scotland. A feel-good cinematic celebration of friendships formed on expeditions. While Rab's American athletes are awe-inspiring, the real star of the film is without a doubt mountaineering legend Myrtle Simpson.

Ruth Farrar

Classy Scottish climbing documentary. Includes she very nice Bothy action.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

From the climbers and skiers who live for Scottish winter to the musicians and craftspeople who make their living in the highlands, so much of our inspiration still comes from the mountains of Scotland. 

 With the Rab family now extending far beyond these isles, in January 2017 we invited athletes and staff from our US Team to come and experience Scottish winter with us. 

This film, produced by Coldhouse Collective, catalogues their journey through the country as they discover that the weather is just as fickle, the people just as welcoming and the climbing just as demanding as they'd always heard.

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Fantastically well made and much needed film on black climbers in Brooklyn. Anyone who’s been to bouldering wall will understand and identify with this movie. Awesome, you must see this.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.'” A small group of climbers began to challenge that thought. The Brothers of Climbing is a crew that's making the climbing community more welcoming. Watch to see how they created a community where one wasn’t.

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It doesn't count as male nudity if you're covered up by a ukulele. Hilarious and dramatic sailing / climbing adventure.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

If you like big wall climbing and don't want to get too deep. This is the big Wall film for you, lots of fun form Real Rock.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Jump on board a madcap sailing adventure to the biggest rock walls in the Arctic Circle with a team of elite climbers as zany as they are talented. Sean Villanueva, Nico Favresse, Olivier Favresse and Ben Ditto have made cutting edge first ascents in remote mountain ranges around the world -- climbing hard, making music and goofing off thousands of feet in the air. Now they embark on their greatest expedition yet, voyaging to the massive walls of Greenland and Baffin Island on the good ship Dodo’s Delight, skippered by the spry 79-year old Captain Bob Shepton. Amongst rough seas, falling rocks and freezing temperatures, this hilarious and badass gang of adventurers forge bold new routes and have the time of their lives.

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