Synopsis: Jim Ewing is a veteran rock climber and senior rope engineer at Sterling Rope, a prominent rock climbing rope company. On Christmas Day in 2014, Jim fell over 50 feet to the ground in a climbing
accident, a near-death experience that led to the subsequent below-the-knee amputation of his left leg. Before walking on a prosthetic, Jim was already climbing again, and before long, he began dreaming
about his bucket list…
In 2018, Jim invited a professional climber missing her left hand, Maureen Beck, to accompany him in attempting the first all-adaptive ascent of the über classic and deeply remote Lotus Flower Tower (5.10+) in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables. The route is on the list of North America’s 50 classic climbs and the 2,000 foot granite face is coveted by climbers everywhere. In “Adaptive”, Jim and Maureen hope to demonstrate that “disabled” climbers are just differently––and equally––abled.
Rock climbing is a playground for storytelling; the age-old “man versus mountain” archetype abounds in the outdoor film world. You have the character(s), with a very obvious goal, the pursuit of which leads to conflict, trials and tribulations, character development, and finally adaptation. But what if the characters had to adapt before they even started their objective? What if everything they did was adapting in some fashion? That’s what this film is really about: two strong climbers that adapt to everything life throws out them – whether it’s delayed flights or missing limbs – and do it with all the comedy and drama you could hope for in a story.
Taylor Zann is a freelance cinematographer and outdoor film director from Seattle, WA. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Prior directorial works include “Seele aus Stein” (2014) and “In the Arena” (2016).