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.
- Within limits of course ↩