The Stage 32 Videos: Climbing

The Process

In 2008 eleven people died on K2. I promised I would never go back. K2 has haunted me ever since. It's "unfinished business" and I needed to confront my demo...

Outside The Arena-Vimeo Encoding.mp4

Circa 1976. A grant from public television in NYC allowed me to make this film advancing life-long involvement with sports. Hence the name Outside the Arena. The first sport we choose for the pilot was climbing and hiking mountains. Featuring 65-year-old Paul Petzoldt of NOLS fame and a man that got within two rope lengths of the summit of K2 in his youth, Paul guides the Boulder Spivy Family up the 10-mile ascent via the North face to the summit of Longs Peak. On the East side of the mountain climbers Roger Briggs and Keven Donald free climb at altitude. This film marked a milestone in recording sync sound in extreme environments via portable Nagra recording devices seen dangling from the climbers. Director/cameraman Bob Carmichael. Director/cameraman Roger Brown on the North face trek. see for more information on director/dp/photographer/producer Bob Carmichael - renown climber/cinematographer Greg Lowe worked with Bob Carmichael to record all images.

Break On Through

My first film 1972. Climbing was my passion and I wanted to let America see the new sport. Freeclimbing was just breaking out. Roger Briggs and Duncan Furgeson were two of the top climbers in America. My DP was a never been on rock DP named Len Aitken. We protected him and he did a great job. He also edited this film. Tommy Bolin one of the top guitarists in American Music composed the soundtrack. I sold everything I owned to produce this film and hitch-hiked to NYC and sold it to CBS Sports. It was one of the first climbing TV broadcasts. It was the early 1970's and we believed in climbing as a consciousness endeavor as much as a physical endeavor. It's a bit crude but it captured the moment. It started my career. Tommy's soundtrack is great! He simply played to the projected image ... with his band Energy. This film was certainly one of the influential film in the newly emerging adventure filmmaking genre. Directed and produced by Bob Carmichael
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