Tying into the Sharp End - An Interview with Peter Mortimer



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You've seen Peter Mortimer's films. I assure you that you liked them. I know because they are great films. Well he's about to drop another one for us. It's called Sharp End. I sat down and watched the trailer a few nights ago and thought WOW — This is going to be awesome! Some completely legit shredding of the gnar-gnar. Click Here to watch the Sharp End Trailer by Sender Films

Anyway, I got to sit down and chat with Pete about the new film, his love of scary stuff and whatever other nonsense I could think to ask him.

Tell me a little about Sharp End your newest little project.
We started with the concept of tying into the sharp end – going for it, putting yourself in the situation where you are laying it on the line for the fleeting moment of glory. But really what we're interested in is people doing dangerous shit for basically no reward except your own ego and if you do it in front of a girl maybe getting laid. So the film is an investigation of the people who do the craziest, stupidest most badass shit in the climbing world. We have some insane footage. It covers everything from hard trad to headpoints to highball boulders to alpine style first ascents to free soloing to freebase, etc. It’s definitely our most rambunctious film yet.

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That sounds excellent!
I think its gonna be badass, we've captures some crazy stupid moments.

I can't imagine. Do you get nervous filming stuff like that? I mean I remember watching Return to Sender and seeing Renan solo Lighting Bolt Cracks ... does that not just make you squirm?
Shooting soloing is fully hairball, and aside from the fact that I am completely drawn to it I wouldn’t do it. I’m not drawn to it as a climber, I mean, I am but I solo like 5.7 on a good day. For Sharp End we shot Steph Davis soloing on the Diamond and soloing and base-jumping off of Castleton. She is climbing solid 5.10 and 11 cracks, just totally locked in.

Right, I remember hearing about this a while ago, Bronco went up with Steph to the Diamond and then he found out like 2 weeks later she had soloed it with you and he was like... I was used for reconnaissance.
Used and abused.

 



Photo by Caroline Treadway
Photo by Caroline Treadway

I also remember hearing a little Eldo filming happening.
Yeah we've been shooting a bunch of the new stuff in Eldo. That’s where I learned to climb and it’s still my favorite placed to punt around so I try to shoot there as much as possible. There’s been some good energy on a few of the hard headpoints and trad lines this year.

I've heard rumors. How did you come upon the sharp end theme, do you conceptualize before hand to get some ideas together or just start filming whatever is going on and go with it? I mean is headpointing hot right now or is doing scary routes going to be hot when you finish this film?
This one is conceptualized. We brainstormed lots of ideas, etc, but then we were like what are we really interested in? What is the coolest thing to watch? Well, it’s the dangerous stuff, the stuff that really means something when you do it. Stuff that’s not just an athletic accomplishment, but that rocks your entire soul and forced you to look at why you climb. I mean that’s really what climbing is about right?
Absolutely. So did everyone make it out alive and (mostly) unscathed from this last one? Are there any good horror stories?
Alive? Yes. Unscathed. No. Lots of falls, bruises, crushed egos. We did a trip to the Czech Republic with some of the most badass trad climbers in the world, and there you have to place knots and you can't use chalk and it was wonderful to watch these titans cry like little babies. They also did some rad sending, but they did their fair share of crying, whining and excuse making.

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