Can you spot Tommy Caldwell on El Capitan's Dawn Wall? At our upcoming screening of Valley Uprising, on March 10, you'll quickly learn why Yosemite is one of the world's greatest climbing areas.
It maintains the history of victorious stories of many rock climbers who have taken on the endless challenges of scaling all of its natural wonders. Every last one.
We are unbelievably lucky to have Yosemite National Park a stone's throw away from us here in San Francisco. Known for its breathtaking environment, it is home not only to the diverse wildlife but the numerous explorers and madmen adventuring the rock walls with a determined goal to reach the summit.
Most recently Yosemite Valley's free climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson.
As we all looked on awe-struck, they set a goal to free climb all 32 pitches of Yosemite's Dawn Wall - one of the most difficult challenges in the climbing world. Beginning their ascent on December 27th the two planned for their journey along the steepest, tallest, and blankest section known as the Dawn Wall.
Jorgeson told National Geographic, it wasn't "an effort to 'conquer'" but "it was about realizing the dream." The two free climbers scaled the 3000 foot rock wall also known as El Capitan on a successful 19 day quest that made climbing history.
Before them, there have been many grand and successful quests to conquer Yosemite's walls. In Valley Uprising we see a whole new history to this wild valley - a counterculture based on a different way of living, rivalries and a passion for climbing.
From generation to generation, icons of climbing have set their sights on Yosemite and left their mark on this incredible, nail-biting pursuit.
Left: Royal Robbins on El Capitans North American Wall 1964 (Glen Denny). Right: Warren Harding on the Last Pitch of Dawn Wall 1970 (Glen Denny)
Left: Dave Diegelman on Separate Reality (George Myers). Right: Alex Honnold free sole on Sentinel 2011 (Pete Mortimer)
Below: Lynn Hill on Half Dome 1977 (Charlie Row)
Join the San Francisco Green Film Festival for our March Mixer & Film Screening of Valley Uprising. Come for an evening of film with your friends and family. Mingle amongst fellow rock climbers, adventurers, film lovers and enjoy the story of the counterculture of rock climbing.
Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity — and the laws of the land. For fifty years explorers and mad(wo)men have left materialism behind and ventured onto the high, lonesome granite. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.
Winner: BANFF Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, TORELLO Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, BILBAO MENDI Film Festival Grand Prize & Audience Award, DANISH Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, KENDAL Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, KRAKOW Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, LADEK Mountain Film Festival Grand Prize, SAN SEBASTIAN Film Festival Savage Cinema Prize
'This may be the best climbing film ever made.' - Red Bull Magazine
Valley Uprising is the breakout adventure film of the decade.' - Nat Geo Adventure
Photo of Tommy Caldwell by Brett Lovell.