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Rating 3.5 out of 5

Director: Nick Rosen & Peter Mortimer
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Saturday, 26 February 2011
Producer: Sender Films
The Swiss Machine
The Swiss Machine

A high-octane sprint through the career of top alpinist Ueli Steck and footage of his record-breaking solo of the Eiger's North Face

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Rating 3.5 out of 5

Director: Alun Hughes
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Producer: alhughes.tv
Upside Down Wales
Upside Down Wales

The wit and wisdom of Gogarth pioneer George Smith, and the fact he has spent much of his life hanging upside down, makes for compelling viewing. Full of humour and self-deprecation, the charm and madness of the Llanberis climbing scene make it a warm-hearted film.

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Rating 4 out of 5

Director: Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Producer: Sender Films
Valley Uprising
Valley Uprising

There’s much to admire in this epic overview of Yosemite’s long and rebellious history, which matches a wealth of archive material, plenty of legends and a dose of social history. It picks up the arc of the Valley’s story in the mid 1950s with the clash of the titans – Royal Robbins and Warren Harding – through the rambunctious years of the Stonemasters and offers plenty of evidence that some of Yosemite’s old-school flavour can still be detected in the antics of Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Director: Dave Brown
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Monday, 7 December 2009
Producer: Bamboo Chicken
Welsh Connections
Welsh Connections

Having ended his partnership with Paul Diffley and Hot Aches, Dave Brown's first film with new production company Bamboo Chicken is a smorgasbord of climbing scenes and characters around Wales, from new routing on Gogarth's Yellow Walls to deep-water soloing at Pembroke. Although there is little narrative connection between the different segments, they are linked by thoughtful asides by Johnny Dawes. A film more for those with an existing interest in hardcore climbing than casual viewers who need more explanation.

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