Valley Uprising

Starring Yosemite legends Dean Potter, Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill, "Chongo" Chuck, John Bachar, Jim Bridwell, Warren Harding, Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins and more... 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.


Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Josh Lowell, Zachary Barr, Sender Films





Running Time

90 mins 

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SFGFF Film Program:

 SF Green Film Festival screening March 10, 2015.

5-Dave-Diegelman-on-Separate-Reailty-ph-George-Meyers.jpgThe greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an "extreme bohemian" lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth.

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.

Grand Prize Winner - BANFF Mountain Film Festival

'This may be the best climbing film ever made.' ~ Red Bull Magazine

'A palpable journey that jumps off the screen...I wanted the illicit freedom to continue forever.' ~National Geographic Adventure

'Spectacular and awe-inspiring... just like Yosemite itself.' ~ John Horn/The Frame

'A truly monumental piece of work. ... I can't think of a better, more enjoyable climbing film I've ever seen... there was something beautiful/ transcendental in there somewhere. When Alex free soloed Half Dome I thought I might cry!' ~ Richard Heap, director Hard Grit

'Valley Uprising is the breakout adventure film of the decade.' ~ Nat Geo Adventure

'Like what cool indie sport documentary, Dog Town & Z-Boys, did for skateboarding, and Riding Giants did for big wave surfing, Valley Uprising does for climbing, with great vintage images and footage, showcasing the rebel counterculture of climbing and the colorful personalities of its athletes.' ~ Style of Sport


Photo credit: Dave Diegelman on Separate Reality (George Myers)