From bold trad to sketchy rime to hard sport, Black Diamond athlete Dave MacLeod has something of an obsession with first ascents in his native Scotland—a land not known for its ideal climbing weather. A little sleet and rain, however, has done little to dampen Dave’s passion for scouring the island for new climbs. His latest FA, Fight The Feeling, is an interesting tale of an FA legacy being carried on from one generation of climbers to the next.
This video is part of our Climbing 2013 digital catalog. Through photos, videos and narrated slideshows, the Climbing 2013 digital catalog highlights first ascents and first free ascents from recent years, as well as the crucial pieces of Black Diamond gear that helped make them a reality. In addition, the digital catalog showcases historical images from past first ascents—chosen by our athletes—that have fueled their own personal FA pursuits. To view the Climbing 2013 digital catalog, click here: http://catalog.blackdiamondequipment.com/
We are really excited to be working on a new film about the John Muir Award with the John Muir Trust.
After weeks of production work (e-mails, script writing, research, phone calls, contracts……) it’s a great feeling to have finally picked up a camera and what’s even better is when everything works out!
Our hectic schedule last week meant shooting in a different location every day, covering almost all aspects of the Award from scrambling and amping with school kids all getting to grips with the Four Challenges of the Award (Discover, Explore, Conserve, Share) to seeing the conservation projects with a group of adults who have battled with drug/alcohol abuse. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Para-Olympic Silver medal winner and all round inspiring lady Karen Darke
We would like to say special thank you to everyone involved, especially; John Muir’s Birthplace Museum in Dunbar, Loch Eil Outward Bound Centre, Cairngorm Young Rangers, Phoenix Futures and Karen Darke.
We’re just back from shooting on the Isle of Skye in Scotland with Sarah Ridgway. Here’s few screen grabs from our week’s filming. Erratic weather, lots of rain, 1000 meter ascents up onto the Cuillin Ridge and first underwater filming experience! Over all very successful!
We’re also kick-starting another exciting project very soon… Keep your eyes peeled!
We are very proud to be part of Climbers Against Cancer (climbersagainstcancer.org), brainchild of the whirlwind that is John Ellison.
John was diagnosed with terminal cancer 12 months ago, but rather than giving up on life he decided to start fighting! John’s vision was to raise not just money but awareness within the climbing community.
We know we can’t find a cure for cancer ourselves no matter how much we might want too. But we can use our skills to help as much as possible, this short film is another example.
So please support this incredible cause, go and get a shirt in your favourite colour and then upload your pictures of you wearing them wherever that might be. Spread the word, spread the awareness, it’s time for the whole climbing community to step up.
‘The past, present and future of climbing is fed by first ascents. Generation after generation of climbers have been compelled by the unknown of a first ascent, driven to redefine the historical narrative of climbing, and narrow the line between impossible and possible.’
Last Autumn we headed up to Scotland to film with Dave Macleod for the Black Diamond’s Climbing Catalogue.
The theme for the whole catalogue was ‘First Ascents’ and our short tells the story of Dave making the FA of his long standing project ‘Fight the feeling’.
We’re heading back to Scotland very soon and we cannot wait!
A lot of universal wisdom in this short video about Sarah Ridgway.
We all hit the plateau stage doing a lot of things in life (not just running)… And yes the most important thing is to ‘try not to get frustrated’!
Our latest video! Enjoy!
Back in August we were shooting at the Urban Highline Festival in Poland. We’re happy to show you our video from this event. We were hoping to capture the spirit and glimpses of magic… Check it out!
Some behind the scenes pics can be found here.
Climb Magazine cover for Lukasz and our short BTS video on how he got the shot of Neil Gresham is already online! Enjoy!