One of the things that struck me while putting together yesterday’s post about a handful of movies available for download was just how much things have changed with regards to climbing media since I started climbing some 12 years ago. The days where a couple of hour-long movies would be released on VHS each year have been replaced with a world where there is an almost limitless supply of climbing videos being released each day on the internet, often for free.
Like most of you I’m always a fan of free things, but I also respect the effort that goes into shooting and editing videos. I’ve tried my hand at it a few times, and all I could think of throughout the entire process was just how much of a pain in the ass the entire process could be. Lugging a camera and tripod around, figuring out a place to set it up, actually climbing, realizing you had the camera setup wrong, climbing again, lugging the camera around some more, and then trying to edit it into something coherent once you get home. Not exactly easy.
This is why I have no problem supporting the sundry commercial projects that are out there like the ones I mentioned yesterday. Spending less than the cost of a day pass or a tank of gas to the crag to help support people out there working hard to put together what are generally pretty high quality products is a pretty easy decision. If you’re not psyched after watching a trailer or reading people’s reactions to a project on websites or The Facebook though then you can just wait for the next video to come out. These days the wait shouldn’t be too long.
All that said, I’m always psyched about free videos which is why I always enjoy trying share some with you each week. Here’s this week’s slate of videos:[starrating template_id=50 rows=6 select=’videos’ excerpt_words=0 publish_date=’range’ publish_range_from=’20110806′ publish_range_to=’20110812′ min_votes=1]