[maxgallery name=”green-film-festival-valley-uprising-2015-b”]”Getting to the top is nothing, the way you do it is everything.”, climbing legend Royal Robbins pronounces in the new film Valley Uprising. The movie, recently screened by the Green Film Festival, highlights Yosemite Valley’s central role in influencing the evolution of rock climbing in the United States. Attracted by Yosemite’s towering granite monolithic walls, climbers have descended onto the valley floor for decades honing their techniques and conquering the mighty walls of El Capitan and Half Dome’s vertical northwest face. The film chronicles the rivalries between climbing legends Warren Harding and Royal Robbins in the 1950s and 60s, Jim Bridwell and the Stonemaster’s setting of new climbing routes and standards in the 70s, and the free soloing speed feats by modern day greats Dean Potter and Alex Honnold. Notable scenes include palm sweating footage of Alex Honnold’s rope-less climbs up Yosemite’s walls and Dean Potter’s slacklining fall. The film gives new appreciation and respect for those who helped elevate humanity’s understanding of rock climbing to the mature sport it has become today.
San Francisco Green Film Festival, Valley Uprising, Rock Climbing, Yosemite, El Capitan, Half Dome, Warren Harding, Royal Robbins, Jim Bridwell, Stonemasters, Dean Potter, Alex Honnold