Sentinel: the west face

United States, 1969

Film
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A breath-taking record of two men scaling Sentinel Rock in Yosemite National Park. Also presents a verbal commentary on the practical “hows” of mountain-climbing and its philosophical “why”. All mountains are merely rocks, the film tells us and “a wall is simply the imagination’s refusal to cope with a rock so large. The rock is here and now. It asks total commitment. For most good climbers this was given years ago when a choice was required. Now it is automatic.” The ascent becomes no longer physical displacement from bottom to top, but a kind of ballet of human expression, “as individual as a name or a signature”.

Credits

production company

Summit Films

Duration

00:28:15:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1969

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

009647

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Yosemite National Park (Calif.)

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Outdoor education

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Outdoor education

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Outdoor education

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Outdoor recreation

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Rock climbing

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Sports - Philosophy

Places → Yosemite National Park (Calif.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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