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The Illness

Canadian Premiere
23 mins |
United States |
  • Climbing
Mike Wilkinson
LANGUAGE(S): English


This adventure documentary follows a blue-collar crew of Appalachian adventure seekers deep into the mountains as they climb, talk shit, fish for their dinner, and try to use their single-pitch skills to summit a 1,300ft rock face. Their main objective is to free an old aid route first established over 30 years ago, but will they succeed? Will they be strong enough? Will they be struck by lightning? One thing is for sure, they’ve been infected with “the illness!”

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This film was part of VIMFF 2023, VIMFF 2023 Tour and is no longer available for viewing.



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Mike Wilkinson

Based in Kentucky, Mike’s passion is creating documentary-style films and photography related to outdoor adventure, travel, and conservation. But it can’t be all red bulls and high-fives, so some tourism and commercial work fill in the gaps.

Mike is an avid adventurer, having summited Kilimanjaro twice, helping out on the local SAR team, and routinely establishing first ascents in both rock and ice.

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