Synopsis: Headlining with Jordan Buy’s second ascent of the coveted Widdop Wall, followed by what has been touted by gritstone guru John Dunne as ‘the hardest route on grit’ as Ryan Pasquill makes the first ascent of the outrageously difficult ‘Gerty Berwick’; the blank wall to the left of ‘The New Statesman’ at Ilkley, Yorkshire. Then Lucy Creamer stars in the hardest UK female ascent of a gritstone route as Lucy tries her luck on ‘Slab and Crack’ E8 at Cubar, Peak District. Another main attraction is one of gritstone’s unsung heroes Ben Bransby with his first ascent of a stunning highball boulder problem at Rylstone, Yorkshire.
Enjoy the bizarre capabilities of ‘Grit Kid’ Pete Whittaker as he makes the second ascent of ‘A Little Peculiar’ weighing in at British 7b, featuring one of the hardest moves of its type in the world. We also get esoteric at Brimham Rocks with a desperate E7 on sight by James McHaffie. Plus ground up action from Ben Bransby and James McHaffie.
Marmot presents a world class rock climbing film, featuring highlights from one of the best gritstone seasons ever!
Alastair Lee is a director and camera man specializing in the outdoor world. Twenty years in the industry he is a veteran of expeditions to the likes of Baffin Island, the Venezuelan jungle and Antarctica. Producing award winning films and TV commercials with stunning photography his special talent for combining the spectacular with the human have made him one of the leading forces in his industry with over 100 international awards to his name.
Not to be confused with the disposable ‘adrenaline’ fueled clips that dominate social media Alastair’s work is born of a deeper understanding and respect for the mountain world where a genuine passion and will to preserve these extraordinary environments is at the heart of Alastair’s work. Exploration, not only of the wild places to the furthest corners of the earth but also of the human condition. Delving into the complex psychology of the paradox of a modern person’s desire to challenge themselves in the natural arena. The quest not just for the summit but the search for purpose and meaning amongst the ever-increasing western safety and comfort.
Alastair has embraced the full gambit of modern devices at the film makers disposal, from drones to jibs to Cineflex camera systems and 4k slow motion shooting. However Alastair is also acutely aware that the ‘eye-candy’ means nothing without a strong sense of narrative and human depth. Alastair’s consistent success at combining world class cinematography with his trade-mark humor are testament to his true love of his art and dedication to always doing the best job possible and continually attempting to eclipse his own high standards.
In May of 2013 Alastair was awarded one of the top awards in his industry, The Grand Prize from the International Mountain Film Alliance at the Trento Film Festival.
His work has also been broadcast on Discovery UK, National Geographic US and featured on the Red Bull Explorers series.