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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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