Patagonia’s new feature length climbing film, Stone Locals, is for anyone who’s ever looked at a big ol’ rock and thought, ‘I’m gonna get up there one way or another’. 

 

Rather than following the journey of one freakishly athletic climber as they clamber up a sheer cliff face or casually walk their way up and over an overhang, Stone Locals braids together the story of five international climbers who are pillars within their local climbing community. 

They teach and inspire as much as they learn and aspire. These folk are the beating heart of climbing and embody everything climbing is about. 

Take a squiz.

 

 

As climbing begins to breach the mainstream, the climbing community, and these local legends in particular, are grappling with the challenge of maintaining the soul of the sport. 

But of course it’s so much more than just a sport. Climbing is a way of life, a way of connecting with nature, others and yourself. 

You’ll see it all for yourself this Friday at 10am when you tune into the worldwide premiere on YouTube. The premiere also features a live chat hosted by the filmmakers, Mikey Schaefer and Cheyne Lempe who’ll be joined by climbers Kathy Karlo and Brandon Belcher for a Q&A sesh. 

If you can’t catch it at 10am AEST the film will still be available to watch on YouTube later on, so no stress! You’ll have plenty of chances to watch it again and again and again. 

 

Kathy Karlo, Celestial Mechanics 5.12, T-wall, Chattanooga, TN | Photo by Andrew Burr

 

Feature photo by Sato Masayuki