Friday is usually the day to talk about videos, but a couple of videos released within the past couple of days warrants a break in format. The first is the long-awaited movie about Adam Ondra and the other is latest offering from the crew at Louder Than 11.
The Wizard’s ApprenticeWell, it’s finally here. After being teased and teased and teased for the better part of two years, the long-awaited film about Adam Ondra is finally available. Was it worth the wait? Well, it probably would have been better served being released about a year ago, but yes, it is still worth checking out.
I’ll spare you the gushing reviews you may have read elsewhere, but suffice to say that filmmaker Petr Pavlicek took something that would be hard to screw up—a movie about one of the world’s best climbers—and did a good job with it.
The documentary style film chronicles Ondra’s meteoric, yet at the same time very steady rise to the top of the climbing world. Old footage of Ondra climbing as a kid and interviews with his parents and others close to him give the viewer a good insight into the fact that while Ondra is supremely talented, his success is as much a byproduct of hard work and dedication than anything else.
Smaller stories are woven throughout the 1 hour 40 minute movie—onsights and hard repeats in the Frankenjura, winning the 2009 Lead Climbing World Cup and hard bouldering in Switzerland—but much of the movie focuses on Ondra’s efforts to climb his two hardest routes to date at the time of filming: Marina Superstar (5.15a/b) in Sardinia and Golpe de estado (5.15b) in Siurana. While there is a lot of footage out there already on the internet from this time period, much of which was shared by Pavlicek in the prolonged run-up to this film’s release, the extended format of the movie helps provide additional context beyond what was shown online.
Like I said, I think the film would have been better served if it had been released sooner since so much has happened in Adam Ondra’s climbing career since filming was finished for this project. That said, the film does provide a great opportunity for the viewer to get a glimpse into the life of one of the most unique talents our sport has ever seen. If you’re reading this website odds are pretty good that you’ll like the movie1.
- €16.00 or about $20.82
Park LifePark Life is the latest offering from the crew at Louder Than 11 which of course can mean only one thing: a FREE bouldering video. The nearly 30 minute feature follows the entire LT11 crew as they sample some of the finest granite bouldering in the world in Yosemite Valley. Interspersed throughout the quality climbing shots are the thoughts from each of the climbers about what drives them to pursue a life of climbing.
Do yourself a favor and block 30 minutes out of your work day day and check this video out.
- FREE – Watch the movie right here
- Just brace yourself for a few a ton of wobblers and you’ll be all set. ↩