Play Time


“A player in the rock-climbing world is someone who’s there every single day,” says Dave Graham early in Brian Solano’s new DVD, The Players ($19.99, “And they’re obsessed with climbing on an infi nite level.” To be atop the rock game, like the film’s cast — Dave Graham, Emily Harrington, Joe Kinder, Chris Lindner, Ethan Pringle, Alex Puccio, Lisa Rands, Chris Sharma, and Daniel Woods — you must put climbing before all other masters. Moving from locales as diverse as Moe’s Valley, Utah, to Yangshuo, China, to the Red, to Rifle, to Rocklands, Solano fills his hour-plus film with tight, solid, high-end (5.14+/V10+) eye candy. For me, the highlight came with Lindner and Joe Brooks deep-water soloing in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Lindner is so psyched that he dons custom gloves to graboozing, typhoon-slimed stalactites, showing just how far obsession can carry us.

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—Matt Samet