A classic Squamish climbing film about the first ascent of the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief.
In May 1961, amidst the snow-capped mountains and verdant forests of Canada’s West coast, Jim Baldwin and Ed Cooper, commit to a first ascent up the ‘unclimbable’ Stawamus Chief. Within two weeks, 12,000 cars full of onlookers crowd the base of the Chief while the climbers braved relentless heat, mosquitoes and a barrage of reporters. This historical climbing film shares the story about two determined climbers that make an epic first ascent while gathering a community that rallies behind them.
Ivan Hughes is an adventure enthusiast, avid hiker, climber and filmmaker. As a founder and partner in Compass Digital Media Ltd. and Fringe Filmworks Inc., he has crafted award-winning adventure documentaries for CBC, ZDF/arte, Blue Ant, rad-X, Knowledge Network, KCTS (Seattle) that have sold in territories around the world.
Ivan has traveled the globe in search for adventure. He has driven through the sands of the Sahara, sailed down the Nile River, explored the ruins of Mayan civilizations, climbed volcanoes and flown a paraglider off mountain tops. He has traveled to the Himalaya numerous times where has climbed Island Peak, Kala Pattar, Loboche East, many mountain passes and has trekked the trail to Everest Base Camp five times.
He has promoted the outdoors as an on-air host with CBC’s Living Vancouver, as a director and editor of shorts for the Whistler Film Festival and as a field producer for Tourism British Columbia for their 2010 Winter Olympic marketing campaign. He recently returned from his second 7-week production in Nepal and is currently shooting in Belize.