Update On Alex Honnold’s “Alone On The Wall” & First Ascent: The Series

Update On Alex Honnold’s “Alone On The Wall” & First Ascent: The Series

Update: The entire First Ascent series, including the Alone On The Wall episode, can now be bought as a 3 DVD box set.  More details here.

Back in August a clip of Alex Honnold’s free solo of Half Dome was put online for a brief time before being removed temporarily permanently.  Not surprisingly, this clip was never supposed to be put online, but it resurfaced in an episode in the new TV series from Sender Films, First Ascent: The Series.

Those who attended the 2009 Reel Rock Tour saw the official version of this clip as part of an episode of First Ascent called “Alone On The Wall”.  In addition to the Half Dome footage, the episode chronicled Honnold’s impressive free solo of Zion’s Moonlight Buttress.

As I noted in the past, the First Ascent series is not airing on TV in the U.S. (yet), but I have confirmed that the entire series will be available for purchase in the U.S. as a DVD box set late in the summer of 2010.  The box set will include the awardwinning “Alone On The Wall” and 5 other episodes plus a DVD of bonus footage, behind the scenes clips and more.

I’ll have more information as the release date draws closer, but until then here is a brief snippet of the original First Ascent announcement that should give you an idea what other episodes will be about:

We are currently polishing off the first two episodes. The first documents Chris Sharma’s latest 5.15 efforts in Spain and Clark Mountain, created in close collaboration with Big Up Productions. The second follows Renan Ozturk, Cedar Wright and Sean Leary on an epic trip to South America in honor of the great Roberta Nunes. We are going to be cranking all through the summer shooting and editing these and four other shows from Alaska to The Himalayas.

Check out the Nat Geo TV website for more sneak peaks.

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14 Responses to Update On Alex Honnold’s “Alone On The Wall” & First Ascent: The Series

  1. Daniel February 18, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    Apparently it’s already airing here in Germany. Too bad I don’t receive Nat Geo…

    See here (german): http://www.nationalgeographic.de/aktuelles/tv-film-tipps/neue-serie-klettern-am-limit

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  2. Andreas February 18, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I don’t know if there’s any regional restrictions on view this stuff as I’m sitting here in Portugal, but here’s a link to 2 trailers of Alex from the series. I was lucky enough to see the clip of Alex’ awesome Half Dome-solo, but in these clips you’ll see him working Moonlight Buttress, and talking about the experience… Looking forward to seeing the series…

    http://natgeotv.com/pt/alpinistas-de-primeira

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    • Narc February 18, 2010 at 11:14 am #

      Cool! Thanks for passing these along.

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  3. toothbrush February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Not much to say other than Freaking WOW. Hearing it was done was one thing. Seeing and hearing him talk about it was another. Thats all…

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  4. Chris February 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    It seems that some First Ascent footage is also shown as part of the Banff Mountan Film World tour:

    http://www.banffmountainfilm.de/trailer/

    Chris

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  5. Egghead February 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Wow. That is all. Fucking wow. I saw the prior leaked vid before it was removed but these were way more amazing. Count me in. Let us know when this comes out Narc. I’m buying it. ce

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  6. Mark February 18, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    I.. honestly don’t know how I Feel about that. It was a super impressive climb, the idea of crack climbing, or any climbing, so exposed and so high without a rope just… seems completely… ridiculous. I’m really trying figure out how I felt about that. It was crazy. It was incredible. It was… nuts.

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  7. ben February 22, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Went to the local stop on the Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour this weekend, and was pleased to have been able to watch the entire episode! he really is an amazing climber, and the filming by the Sender guys in top notch. Cant wait for the DVD set to come out!

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  8. Ian March 1, 2010 at 1:34 am #

    Flew Emirates from Australia to Thailand the other week and was stoked to find they had it in a little ‘Extreme’ section of their sports videos. Best flight I’ve ever had. Watched it four times!

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  9. LéHut March 2, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Viewed the 6 films last night shown at the Banff Film Festival last night. The film of Alex free climbing Half Dome was the one we talked about the whole way home. Gripping…to say the least.

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  10. Toni May 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    So the Alone on the Wall part is not available anywhere at this time? Would like to buy it as a birthday present for my son…..
    thanks for any insight.

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  11. Turd Ferguson August 3, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    This episode will be airing on “The Travel Channel” in the NEAR FUTURE. I just finished re-editing it (updating for the new network). The whole series (six episodes thus far) is currently being QC’d

    This episode is badass, you won’t be dissappointed!!!!

    Disclaimer: I do not work for Sender Films

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