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Film: “To The Limit” (2007)

3 Oct

To the Limit is a documentary about an attempt to break the speed climbing record on “The Nose” of El Capitan in Yosemite Park by two brothers, Thomas and Alexander Huber.

Ever since I knew about this film, I wanted to see it because in the early 1990s I stood at the side of the road down in the valley of Yosemite Park and stared up at the climbers on the wall of El Capitan in awe. The wall rises more than 3000 feet above the valley and normally, experienced climbers need several days to get to the top. The record the brothers set out to break stood at 2 hours and 48 minutes! So when I saw that this film was on TV this afternoon (today is a holiday here), I sat down to watch it.

I can’t say I understood all that was going on. To the Limit is not a documentary that gives a lot of background information or talks much about strategies or logistics. But then, I don’t think that is its intent. The title is to be taken rather literally, IMO, in that in some way there’s a parallel drawn between climbing/going to your limit and living your life: climbing is about going to your limit, testing and pushing it, as life should be. The film also provides a close look at two brothers who have the same passion and how that influences them and their dealings with each other.

To the Limit is a film that lives on its spectacular pictures, some of them really stomach flipping (I would like to know how they did that – nice work), and the awe at what some people can and are willing to do.

I’m still deeply impressed.

Here’s the movie trailer on youtube.com:

The image is from Wikipedia Commons.

The Huber brothers got the record in October, 2007. A new record was set in July, 2008 by Hans Florine and Yuji Hirayama in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 33 seconds.

See this entry on Wikipedia for more background information about El Capitan and its climbing history.