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Video Friday – 9/19/2014

The highest rated videos of the past week…

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Are Climbing Videos Too Tame?

Daniel Woods, in an interview by Andrew Bisharat for Without Walls:

In climbing films, I feel like there is a pattern that we all follow. The filmmakers ask us the same questions in the interview and they want us to respond in this one way. Climbing films are more serious, less attitude [than skateboarding videos]. I feel like most viewers’ reaction is like, “Do climbers go out and party at night? Do they socialize? Do they go to cool dinners? Do they hang out with friends?”

Interesting point.  In general it does seem like many climbing videos are pretty “safe” in what they depict.  A lot of this is almost certainly due to the fact that many videos featuring prominent athletes like Woods are paid for by sponsors who have an investment in portraying a family-friendly image, especially given the huge youth audience in our sport.  I don’t see this changing really, but there are certainly other outlets like Instagram where professional climbers are still free to portray themselves more freely1.

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U.S. Team Shines At Paraclimbing World Championship

In addition to the lead competition won by Adam Ondra and Jain Kim, the Paraclimbing World Championships also happened last weekend in Gijon, Spain.  Climbing.com has the full breakdown that includes several U.S. competitors finishing on the podium.

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Ondra, Kim Win Lead World Championships

Adam Ondra and Jain Kim win the 2014 Lead World Championships

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Video Friday – 9/12/2014

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Valley Uprising Nostalgic

Smart piece by Andrew Bisharat about the new Reel Rock Tour film Valley Uprising that premieres tomorrow night in Boulder, CO:

Why are we watching this film in 2014—really? And what does our pervasive nostalgia for 1970s-era Yosemite climbing culture suggest about our sport today?

It just so happens that I’ll be seeing the movie tomorrow night, and I’ll definitely be keeping a lot these points in the back of my mind as I take in the show.

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Adam Ondra Interviewed By Epic TV

Epic TV chats with Adam Ondra

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Video Friday – 9/5/2014

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