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The DVD starts in Spain with “the world’s #1 climber” Chris Sharma and the man who could be set to take over the “old man’s throne”. Sharma lives in Spain trying to set up ever harder sport routes. It is great to see him pushing himself and the sport to new levels. Adam Ondra is the new kid on the block who climbs on breaks from school. It is cool seeing the baton being passed over from one master to another. Ondra is not used to defeat which he must accept on the super hard route. We see him learn from the old master (he’s only in his early 30s lol). Ondra’s frustration looks like it is making him crazy, but he learns that patience is the key from the relaxed Sharma, who is obviously climbing for fun rather than competition.


Next up we get to witness an amazing film covering two ascents of the Shark’s Fin in India. The Himalayas is a magical place and the Shark’s Fin is known as the center of the world for Indians. This is an epic tale of triumph over adversity. This film could easily have been a feature length movie. It is jam packed with adventure, background story and a beautiful location. Without wanting to spoil the story, lets just say that this is a true gripping flick. Dangerous, challenging and ultimately rewarding for the climbers who are willing to put it all on the line to achieve life long dreams. Inspiring and thrilling stuff.


The third segment is the one that sticks out as something a little different. We follow two Brits as they attempt to break into the ultra tough world of off-size crack climbing. These youngsters have no rock to practice on in the UK, so they set up a kind of torture chamber in their basement to practice on for 2 years. Crack climbing is thrilling to watch because it is so difficult, off size cracks are even more difficult as these are the ones which don’t fit your hand in. We see some hardened American veterans stating that these young Brits don’t have a chance. Next we see the Brits fly over to try their hand at it for real. They begin by failing miserably. But they soon get into their groove and the veterans are soon eating their words.


Finally we get to see Honnold 3.0 which is an amusingly fitting name for this film. Alex Honnold is a fascinating character and we see a transition from “climbing geek” to a man with a girlfriend. It is nice to see that he sucks at bouldering, which should prove inspirational for those who feel in awe of the likes of Sharma. With Honnold it seems to be his lack of fear and amazing precision which are his best attributes. When he tries the higher bouldering problems he comes into his element. It is the impossible which he is so capable of doing. Of course it isn’t called Honnold 3.0 because he has a new girlfriend or because it is the third film with him. It is called 3.0 because he is attempting to climb “the triple”, 3 big walls in Yosemite, in a day, without a rope. It is not free soloing because he does make use of bolts, but he is constantly switching between the safety of the bolts and nothing.

Two thumbs way up. Your hands will sweat and you will wish you were training right now. Check out the trailer if you need any more reasons to go get this right now!


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