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Synopsis: Framed by a lovely conversation between Pat Ament and his very young daughter, this is a look at John Gill, in the context of those who were his most devoted climbing partners. The film features some of the old “Silent Climber”; black-and-white footage, which is the only footage ever shot of Gill when he was still very close to his athletic prime. It simply is magical to watch the great Gill climb, but he and his friends express a wonderful humility and reverence. Pat Ament, probably Gill’s most frequent partner and who in the late 1960’s set standards in Colorado and Yosemite, talks about his own experience with Gill, how time has flown by, and how he now experiences the art of bouldering. During the film, a hold broke, and Pat took a dangerous fall, a frightening little sidelight of the film.






English only

Run Time

60 minutes


John Gill, Pat Ament, Barry Bates, Jim Holloway, Jeff Lowe, and many others

Directed by

Gary Nate

Featured Songs

Original piano and guitar music Pat Ament, piano (with guitarist Jason Wilson)

Director's Statement

Many things happened magically with this film, for example the way my very young daughter so unaffectedly spoke with me at the top of a rock, a conversation which frames the film (start and finish). I loved creating the music for this film, with guitarist Jason Wilson.

Director's Bio

Pat Ament has been called “the poet laureate of American climbing writing” by Jim McCarthy, American Alpine Club President. England’s best writer, Jim Perrin, calls Pat “America’s best climbing pen.” Pat has written hundreds of articles, some 25 of which have been in international anthologies of best climbing writings (including one in Czechoslovakia). He has had 38 books published. He has won several awards for film, for example an outstanding achievement award from the Anton Film Festival in Austria and the “Best Spirit” award at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. He has served as a judge at several film festivals. He was given a lifetime achievement award, along with John Bachar and Lynn Hill and was the 2013 inductee into the Boulder Sports Hall of Fame.

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