E11 - the Hardest Traditional Rock Climb in the World (2006) 

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Director
Paul Diffley
Date
2006

Director: Paul Diffey Year: 2006

One of the best all round climbers in the world is on a mission - to take rock climbing to new levels of both difficulty and danger. Dave MacLeod attempts to be the first to climb 'Rhapsody', the hardest traditional rock climb ever and the first to achieve the grade of E11 7a (trad f8c+ US 5.14c).

This 2006 film enters uncharted territory. Taking you beyond the action it reveals the frustrations and the shear physical and mental effort that goes into climbing at the very highest level. We see MacLeod take a series of terrifying, massive, gutwrenching falls and the strain begins to show. He struggles to cope with the difficulty and seriousness of the endeavour. But doggedly, even obsessively he keeps returning to his ultimate project - Rhapsody.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Paul Diffey is a multi-award winning adventure-film maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As well as creating his own productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul also works as a freelance cameraman, director and editor for the broadcast industry. His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are rock climbing, ice climbing, competitive kayaking, sea kayaking, fell running, mountaineering, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, kite surfing, yacht racing, skiing and snowboarding. He also has an interest in filming wildlife and intends to do more of this in the future. Paul has taught adventure film making as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain film makers. In addition, he has given presentations about mountain film and film making at events worldwide including the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

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Paul Diffley

Paul Diffley - Adventure Filmmaker Paul is a multi-award winning adventure film maker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As well as creating his own productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul also works as a freelance cameraman, director and editor for the broadcast industry. His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. He is accustomed to using the latest HD video cameras and is highly proficient with professional video editing software. Paul is equally at home shooting video in challenging mountain environments using ropes and rigging gear as he is conducting an intimate and sensitive interview in a subject's home. Skilled in observational documentary techniques and an experienced interviewer, Paul puts his subjects at ease and allows the story in question to reveal itself. Many of his productions have won awards at national and international film festivals, appealing to both judges and audiences alike. His rock climbing DVDs continue to sell worldwide. Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are rock climbing, ice climbing, competitive kayaking, sea kayaking, fell running, mountaineering, cross-country and downhill mountain biking, kite surfing, yacht racing, skiing and snowboarding. He also has an interest in filming wildlife and intends to do more of this in the future. Paul has taught adventure film making as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain film makers. In addition, he has given presentations about mountain film and film making at events worldwide including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and is available as a speaker for other entertainment events. Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

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meejah

on June 05, 2012 at 6:03am

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

jimsander

on June 07, 2011 at 6:47am

Cool feature, even for non-climbers such as myself. The scenery isn't the main focus here, although I'm sure that part of the world is beautiful. Mostly the action is (sometimes extremely) close-in on the details of of climbing, which is very exciting. But there's also enough back-story to reveal the dedication a climb of this magnitude requires.

Luckily there's not a lot of jargon like "E11 7a" in the film - suffice to say, it's a very difficult climb. That difficulty is dealt with realistically, with no sensationalism. The danger involved is explained and shown, but it's not dwelled upon.

Minor complaint: The sound quality was pretty poor, even for a documentary. I frequently had trouble understanding what was spoken - and not (just) due to accents of the speakers. Subtitles would also have helped.

It's a good, balanced, interesting film. Definitely worth downloading.

Yossa

on June 06, 2011 at 12:58pm

Wow -this made me very homesick. I was actually working and living in Edinburgh at the time and used to hang out (literally) at Alien Rock climbing centre.

As an ex-climber, I was pretty impressed by the whole package. Whilst quite a short piece, it was riveting and had me on the edge of my seat a few times and my girlfriend commented on how sweaty my palms were!

A great little feature and is easily accessible to a wide audience and not simply those interested in dangling from scary rock faces.

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