If you haven’t seen Keith Bradbury’s classic Fontainebleau film Between the Trees, read on.
A lot of lower budget films have been popping up recently (including one of my own) but Between The Trees is still by far my favorite in that category. This movie was one of the major inspirations for me to create my own full-length bouldering film.
It follows Keith and Ty Landman climbing tons of Font classics and in particular Ty ticking off an astonishing quantity of the forest’s hardest. It properly captures the personalities of Ty and Keith by showing their focus when climbing and their laid-back, goofy attitude when off the rock. There is enough story and funny moments to keep you entertained but not so much that you want to fast forward to the climbing. The soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard and the editing is polished to keep the movie flowing nicely. Even if you’ve never been to Font and have no plans to go, I highly recommend watching this film.
You can watch the trailor below and download the film at Keith’s website.
Great video from Thomas C Webb featuring Mike Stam in North Carolina.
Our four friends from Colorado have left but not before dispatching a few projects.
They started off their trip on the receiving end of the Squamish Shutdown. V4s were a challenge at first but after a few days in the forest they learned the style a bit and were enjoying the slabs and technical problems. It turns out Flannery has an abundance of slab skills, they were just dormant at first. She managed quick work of the V3 friction slab that I had to project and she far surpassed my highpoint on Black Slabbath.
Video still of Flann trying Black Slabbath V7.
Written by Flannery Shay-Nemirow.
We’ve gotten lucky with the weather, managed to roll into town in the middle of a pleasant, warm dry spell. It’s been a bit too warm, but not too bad after a sweltering, yet rainy, Colorado season. It’s my second trip to Squamish, and I spent most of Colorado early season looking forward to it. I’m traveling with a ragtag team of misfits, each bent on crushing the boulders of the Grand Wall. After a somewhat harrowing 24 hour drive, we stumbled into the forest unprepared for the difficulties we would soon face. Maybe it was fatigue (we were 36ish hours without proper rest) or maybe it was the unfamiliar style of climbing, but performance was lacking on our first few days. Or, maybe, we all just paled in comparison to Asher’s climbing. 1 hour out of the car and Asher had already made new friends, scammed some beta and put together a quick ascent of Black Hole (V11). After a marathon sleeping session, the rest of the (mortal) crew was ready to take on the forest.
Our first day brought us Alex Savage, film maker impresario. Alex began our tour of the forest by taking us to Squamish’s most frustrating slabs.
Asher on Skin Graft V4. Photo by Alex Savage.
Other than V2 slabs I haven’t done any bouldering in the three weeks since I hurt my tendon.
Left Rib V2. Photo by Asher Shay-Nemirow.