What’s Your Scene?

What’s Your Scene?

It’s been about a month now since Chuck Fryberger’s latest movie, The Scene, was released. In that span I’ve watched the movie three separate times and my impressions of the movie have improved with each viewing.

My first viewing left me feeling a bit nonplussed underwhelmed afterwards, but this was probably due, in part, to climbing movie burnout I was experiencing at the time. Since people seemed psyched about the movie when I brought it up on the ClimbingNarc Facebook page I watched the movie a 2nd time with a clearer head and then again this past week when it was screened at the local climbing gym. I enjoyed the movie more each of these times, especially in the large group setting at the gym. It was fun to see people’s reaction to various scenes like Nalle Hukkataival sending Mask Of God or Dave Graham being Dave Graham.

Like Fryberger’s previous movies Pure and Core, The Scene is shot in beautiful Super Ultra High Definition1, and there is a nice diversity of climbing and climbers covered including one of the few times you’ll see Chris Sharma in a movie not shot by Big Up Productions. The movie covers basically all kinds of rock climbing inside and out, both here in the U.S. as well as in Europe. There are still things about the movie that I didn’t care for like the general overuse of slow-mo and cutaway shots, and the segments on Bishop and Joe’s Valley didn’t seem to fit in with the “scene” theme of the movie either. So, like I said, my overall impression of the movie went from somewhat ambivalent to generally positive and the movie has a firm home in my “watch again” pile of climbing movies.

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The Scene is available for purchase on either HD Download (several languages), DVD or Blu-Ray at prices ranging from $19.95 to $39.95. If you’d like to win your own copy read on.

I have three copies of the movie to give away on the winner’s choice of either HD download, DVD or Blu-Ray. The contest will run until the end of the day on November 4th. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with a valid e-mail address on this post with a funny slogan, haiku or some other type of description of your local climbing scene. As an example, here’s what I might say about the scene where I live from my perspective:

Winters in the gym
Real rock is a real long drive
I just hurt myself

Or whatever. Have fun with it and I’ll come up with some method of voting to pick the three best. I may even throw in a free ClimbingNarc.com T-Shirt if the entries get real impressive. Good luck!

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60 Responses to What’s Your Scene?

  1. Lauren October 26, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Stout and sandbagged climbs.
    Always someone on Sometime
    Stuck to slipping feet.

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  2. matt October 26, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    sticky icky icky icky, oh wee!  i mean the rock.

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  3. Sol October 26, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Anti-hydral cream
    Perfect temps and monkey calls
    Rocktober is now

    -Sol Wertkin
    Leavenworth, WA

    solwertkin@gmail.com

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  4. Anonymous October 26, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    My bouldering gym
    It’s not Yosemite rock
    But I can walk there.

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  5. Kim Azzolina October 26, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    All
    Routes
    On the wall
    Contain
    Kryptonite

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  6. Daniel Ressler October 26, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    The mountains are best in Colorado they boast
    We got the rock in California they toast
    Search wide and far, when it comes to gnar
    Nothing can beat the East Coast.
    😀

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  7. Matt Hoffmann October 26, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Endless splitter hands
    Walls that go on forever
    Squamish granite rocks

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  8. Jesse Firestone October 26, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    The four seasons here
    Rain, rain, rain, and rock climbing
    Welcome to Portland.

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  9. Alex Marine October 26, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Great rock on east coast,
    but my partner is betrothed.
    Hey girl, hold my rope?

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  10. Toby Butterfield October 26, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Hipsters claim to climb
    Gym is a singles bar, so
    Smith every weekend

    Portland, OR

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  11. Biffo October 26, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Climbing CT rock?
    Your protection has been chopped
    Put your trad rack on.

    — and one bitter one for The Scene:

    Dropped the twenty bucks
    Fight or flight scene was a joke
    False advertising

    =p

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  12. Andy October 26, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Leave the stick clip at home
    Dont fall before the first bolt cuz you’ll slide to the ground
    Jackson Falls slab can stick with the best around

    -Andy
    sletten1@illinois.edu

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  13. mh October 26, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Sadly felt the same way about the Bishop segment. Film could’ve used a bit more focus on a select few ‘scenes’ rather than trying to cover more with breadth. Nonetheless, a fun experience overall and the soundtrack was really well done.

    lol @ the Fight or Flight haiku – I kind of felt the same way TBH. I kept waiting for that crazycakes double dyno everyone’s been talking about, but don’t recall seeing any clean footage of that.

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  14. 2busyclimbing October 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    The mountains are beautiful
    and the projects are vast
    but todays first snow
    has me sitting on my @$$

    -Joe (Colorado)

    2busyclimbing@gmail.com

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  15. Dave October 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Desert Ho!  

    My climber friend has got the
    rope

    And I have packed the rack.

    We’re all set for the trip ahead.

    We’re never coming back!

    We’re abandoning this life we
    led!

    So long, rain and dark!

    We’re sick of climbing in the
    gym,

    And now it’s going to stop!

     

    We’re going where the sun shines
    all day,

    Where life can have real meaning.

    Around every corner sit more
    boulders,

    Perfect stone.  I must be dreaming!

     

    The Desert is the place for us!

    That’s where we want to live.

    Down there we’ll get to yell and
    cuss

    And act real primitive.

     

    We’ll never have to not crack
    climb,

    Force gear into the fissures,

    Treat battered skin at days end,

    In pursuit of the next big send.

     

    We’ll never have to take rest
    days

    Only top out big red towers.

    Merrily we’ll rap on down

    To our beers waiting by the fire!

     

     

    The climbing scene provides our
    friends,

    The nights with laughter ring

    Telling tales of far off crags

    And plans to visit in the spring.

     

    Oh what a life! We cannot wait,

    To be in that sun drenched land,

    Where we’ll be masters of our
    fate,

    And lead a life that’s grand!

     

    No more wasting of the clock!

    Now down south we go

    Good riddance to those plastic
    holds,

    We’re leaving! Desert Ho!

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  16. toothbrush October 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    An Ode to Sunset Boulders, Goat Rock CA

     

    Alas, a rock named for a goat

    Where a mammoth scratched his ass

    Polished fine, time over time

    Still yet, a decent line

     

    I’ve come to late, the wind doth blow

    Oh well, it’s time for a beer

    One last go, cram the toes in slow

    Chalk up, the end is near

     

    Topped out! I voice a soliloquy

    Conquered! I endured

    The rush, it’s gone, a subtle frown

    Now, how do I get down?

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  17. nicholasmadness October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    senior year and foodstamps
    no fall trips, Red, New, or prime Temps
    but come 2012 Earthtreks’ Expansion and college graduation!

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  18. chris October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Tulsa, where the climbers like it on the rocks.

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  19. Vanessa F October 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    fingers hurt. too much trad. guess i’ll go back home and stick to plastic. aint no trad in the plastic warehouse.

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  20. Darren Mcaffee October 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Rock Canyon, UT. No ostentation there.

    Darren

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  21. zach October 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    my scene is summed up by a lot of guys walking around the gym with their shirts off and bragging about sending their 5.10d “project” while lines for the top ropes are five people deep

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    • Biffo October 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Climbing always fun
      So I thought before this post
      Zach’s scene proves me wrong

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  22. jc213308 October 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    try not to pull the really good holds off

    sandbagged at least two number grades
    2 pure lines = 19 contrived link ups, reverse starts, and traverses
    the choss pile I call home 

    Athens, OH

    Jake

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  23. Crimpin' Ain't Easy October 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Ode to Northern Man:

    Rumney Rock’s the Schist,
    Great Barrington is Gneiss,
    Lynn Woods Granite Bites.

    http://www.mountainproject.com/v/lynn-woods/105908096

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  24. Will October 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Nonplussed means surprised. Just sayin’

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    • Narc October 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      Hmm. In my head it meant something slightly different. I need to get my head examined…

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      • Will October 28, 2011 at 1:24 am #

        Haha no I think its a pretty common misconception. I always though it meant something akin to unimpressed or unfazed. It just sounds like it should.

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  25. Will October 26, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Some bash Jersey but
    Gunks are a stone’s throw away
    And we have Snooki

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  26. Cal October 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Red River Gorgeous
    Ten hours away, still local?
    Always worth the trip

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  27. jim g October 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    here i am, a grad student at Pitt
    The climbing scene here is quite a drip
    i miss my old gyms, and climbing friends 
    i need to go on a serious climbing movie bend
    i was getting strong then hurt my wrist 
    my climbing life unfortunately has taken a chossy twist
    I started three years ago and now im obsessed 
    Id love to see this movie, id really feel blessed
    climbing is great and i miss pullin with my group
    in one short year hopefully ill be back
    sending and not barn-dooring on to the stack
    i love everything about climbing
    plus my bday is nov 6th, what perfect timing 

    – to go with my poem, im a grad student at university of pittsburgh, the gym isnt great and the ppl there arent the friendliest unfortunately, and since my wrist is a little busted Id love to have some climbing media. THANKS NARC

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    • matt October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      dude, i was at Pitt 10 years ago.  i feel you 100%. the scene is lame sauce!  i kept my head down, found a few friends and did coopers and local sandstone every weekend.  make sure to try the V2 over the fountain at the front entrance of the cathedral…. also a good 5.12+ is to (solo) from the ground floor to the third floor of the cathedral,assuming you can still study in there at night… and it’s a bit empty.   

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  28. Mjones20 October 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Here at Northwest Branch
    People have sex in public
    It is not so cool

    P.S. it would be nice to something more aesthetically pleasing to watch!

    Sincerely,

    Matt (A disturbed climber from MD) 

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  29. Nik Berry October 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    I am stuck in Hell.  No really I climb in Hell!
    For some reason I like Hell Choss.
    Other people like it too I am not the only crazy person in SLC.

    Nik

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  30. Jon October 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Because of “The Scene” i got to meet the legend 

    Because of “The Scene” premier i got to meet Chris Sharma 
    Because of Chris Sharma i got to meet Daila Ojeda, addition to Step Davis 
    Because of “The Scene” im going back to Bishop where i got shut down the first time 
    Because of “The Scene” im gonna climb my S%$# out of bishop till my fingers fall off

    o0canadaeh@yahoo.com

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  31. MjSmoot October 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Prius, check!
    Leaf eater, check!
    They must be from Boulder.

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  32. Jason_1424_143 October 27, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Montana – where every flake could be your last….

    jason_1424_143@hotmail.com

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  33. Noah Kaufman October 27, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Sending temps perfect
    Projects everywhere I look
    Knuckles dragging low

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  34. AJW October 27, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    My dad and I bolting new routes with great friends, on perfect stone.  It doesn’t get much better.

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  35. AJW October 27, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    My dad and I bolting new routes with great friends, on perfect stone.  It doesn’t get much better.

    Andrew.john.wheatley@gmail.com

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  36. Crimpin' Ain't Easy October 27, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Ode to Northern Man:Rumney Rock’s the Schist,Great Barrington rocks are Gneiss,Lynn Woods Granite Bites.

    needed an extra syllable…whooops

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  37. Sprovidence1 October 27, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    The season is here in New England, with vivid colors and cool temps
    I just finished my hardest send to date, an FA all alone on a steep arete
    So I quickly logged on to 8a.nu to add the tick to my list
    But Jens’ had already downgraded it, even though it didn’t exist

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  38. Artslim October 27, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    It rains alot.

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  39. gregory bahr October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    no good climbing gyms,
    rude local climbers,
    bitch fits on mountain project,
    so so rock thats way too far away,
    sandbagged grades,
    and working way to hard to stay positive and sane!
    welcome to the midwest!

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  40. Runwilburrun October 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    “Current Conditions”
     
    Climbing in the rain
    Climbing in the cold
    Climbing and Climbing
    Up we must GO!

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  41. Ricky Travel October 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    In Davis, we got Rocknasium.

    Where the people are amazingium.

    And that’s good, cause it’s flat

    there ain’t a rock 
    around, cept plas-tac

    So we crank and pull on what we got,

    Cause ain’t no shame in not having real rock.

     

    I can’t count the days I’ve lamented,

    Over not having Yosemite in my backyard.

    And it’s too bad because I’ve always said driving’s demented,

    So I stay in Davis and don’t go far.

    But that’s OK cause we got rocknasium,

    Where the people are super amazingium,                                                    

    And everybody still pulls down real hard.

     

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  42. Vunamese October 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    From the Last Frontier I came

    where skiing, fishing, and hiking reign

    twasn’t till a move to Western Granite did I meet

    the movement and lifestyle of climbing so sweet

    The road forebode of tales yet told

    of camping and climbing in the cold

    Bishop, J-Tree, and nearby lands

    welcomed the few of us, and our eager hands

    Now I find myself a mile high

    where fresh snow fallen from the sky

    orders the “Boulderites” to send inside

    There waits the sandstone, granite and gneiss

    and for the time being, its well worth the price

    the rock, the people, the times to hold near

    will keep me climbing (I hope) year after year.

    -chris v. 

    vunamese@gmail.com

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  43. Will October 28, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Will that tri-cam hold?
    Of course it will, it’s the gunks
    Now sack up and climb!

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  44. Charlton Jordan October 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Sixty hour work week
    The Climbing Narc keeps us psyched
    Virginia sandstone

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  45. chris durchholz October 30, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Climb Austin!  But don’t pull too hard.

    cdurchholz@gmail.com

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  46. Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Live near Chicago
    No rock for hundreds of miles
    FML so much.

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  47. tomlloydsmith October 31, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Climbing scene in London:

    Busy at the wall
    Dreams of classic routes at work  
    Weekends in the rain:

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  48. JasonO November 1, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    East coast has snow,
    Sandstone is calling
    I’m not in Mass anymore

    – Castle Rock State Park

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  49. Bowsher03 November 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Dont worry about the grade just try it and have fun!

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  50. Tylerjbeattie November 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Sharp holds, sharp as shit
    Beginners cries, make ’em quit
    Hard climbs, make me spit

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  51. John November 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    Too much webbing
    Sound of cow bellsSurrounded by FIBs

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  52. Aubreylwingo November 3, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    I was born in Florida
    All that’s seen is flat
    Who knew I’d be born to climb?

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  53. Brooks November 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Fight or flight, eyes ignite,Flipped flopped and ready to drop,words like bombs in Vietnam,I’m in an irate state of a refugee ape,without the patience to wait,on butterfly strokin, chokin, and smokin,through this ether,to the top of the theater.This is the feature,so don’t forget your medicinal tincture.An I’ll be the teacher,and you be the creature.Movin up in the third dimension,Holden the tension,you wishin, that thisis,a mission that’s free for admission,when you go fishin,for complements inthis,environment of that which we piss in,so listen cause I’m a man on a mission.Lay off of the media that feeds ya,the meaningless news, views, and interviews,chasin the ceiling, and dealing with anonymous feelings,that ulcerate the dear, sphere,which is near,to the heart,of every Clark Kent from the start,when he leaves his mark.Leaving a number on the Terra firma,and a hole in the soul,so look behind the derma,which Sharma, and Sherman, and other men,didn’t see comin.Its becoming a patheticstudy of genetics,the “haves” and “have nots”to which we have forgot,the blood and tears and all of the years,that we and they spent wasting,cutting and pasting,at the same time shaking,and wagging our mutilated pointer finger,at the wake of what’s conquered,and the opinions they offer.So what a shocker,that we need to evolve or,get lost in this coffer,and pay homage to the fathers,of vertical walkers.Stop being a stalker with nothing to offer.Time to defeat the monster,that feeds off the roster,of sprayers that foster,this snake that’s eating his tail,and hammers the nail,in the coffin of climbing,that will die before I do,unless we do what we have to,and loosen this noose and go back to our roots,and get rid of those in cahoots with the suits,who seek to loot such a worthy pursuit,to bear a tainted fruit and meet a bottom line.Well, its time to shine,for those opinions who are aligned with mine.This is the bottom line:Its time to climb.

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  54. Mclimb November 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

     Climbing away in the garage
    In mind we all send the hardest line
    The Scene a head Mirage

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  55. Narc November 7, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Big thanks to everyone who entered.  The winners will be notified soon.

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