Inside Reel Rock 8, a collection of films.
Forty-three-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission to complete a project, one of the hardest ever, at the spectacular summit of Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo. But first he must find the right partner.
Enter Daniel Woods, the young American boulderer who is one of the strongest humans in the climbing world, but lacks mountain experience. Daniel-San travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayamas mentorship, and the unlikely duo team up for an expedition of a lifetime.
Ueli Steck and the clash on Mount Everest made headlines around the world this year when it was reported that Ueli Steck and Simone Moro, one of the strongest duos in alpinism, were attacked by a crowd of angry sherpas at Camp 2 while attempting a cutting edge new route in the highest and most crowded mountain the world. Fearing for their lives, the climbers fled the mountain and the incident sparked a flurry of gasps and angry recrimination: sherpas, western climbers, guiding companies, even the legendary mountain itself were pounded with criticism from all sides.
Amidst the bizarre event, Reel Rock was embedded with the climbing them and given and exclusive look at what happened that day, and why.
The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking to prove their boldness. Its the last place you'd expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that.
The first woman to climbing the Brittish grade of E9 (super hard, super sketchy), Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear and big runouts. Having mastered the scrappy sea cliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed big walls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.