Vimeo and YouTube are filled with thousands of videos of people climbing in rock gyms, but that doesn’t mean they’re all worth watching. Online videos are a big part of climbing: they help you climb vicariously all over the world. But gym videos lack the appeal of beta knowledge and the beauty of the great outdoors. It’s no fun to see footage of a shaky, chalky problem in some dark gym.
That being said, The Insiders is awesome! Paul Robinson, Sasha DiGiulian, Vasya Vorotnikov, Dave Wetmore, Francesca Metcalf and Ashima Shiraishi are featured in this great Big Up production. It’s cool to see a bunch of pro climbers sending in Central Rock, Massachusetts. This short film also profiles the climbers well and you can get a good sense of what they’re about, as well as how they train in a gym setting and how they can apply that to climbing outside. Obviously, these athletes are some of the strongest in the world, and they are dominating both the outdoor climbing industry as well as the national competition circuit. Recently, Sasaha DiGiulian got 2nd and Vasya Vorotnikov raged (getting 1st for men) at the UBC Pro Tour comp in Central Park, yanking a one-arm pull up at the top of the final problem.
This was composed by Big Up to show gym climbing and promote the sport. They did a fantastic job with all the filming and editing and it make it really easy and exciting to watch. I particularly like the lighting in the gym, which is something most climbing gyms struggle with in videos.
It’s awesome to see Ashima climbing in it. She’s going to be featured in this year’s Reel Rock film tour, so we’re going to get to see lots more footage of her. It’s apparent to me that she doesn’t even come close to trying hard in this video. I don’t think they even realized her full strength. I routinely climb with her at BKB, and make up climbs for her that are practically V13. She is one to watch, and I feel psyched to watch her progress and become a national climbing sensation.
Headsetter for The Insiders is Chris Danielson, a representative for Teknik and E-Grips hand holds. He provides the holds for this event, using some of JB and my favs. Watch closely and see how many you recognize from BKB. He set some very unique movements, including the bat hang down swing dyno, done by Paul Robinson.