The Fledglings

The Fledglings

Directed by Cedar Wright
USA, 2016, 26 minutes

20th Annual Opening Night
Fri Feb 10 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

As longtime professional climbers who eat, sleep and live the sport, Cedar Wright and Matt Segal are used to being competent, comfortable and at the top of their game.

Then they get into paragliding, and what starts as a toe dip turns quickly into a consuming addiction, as well as a lesson in what it’s like to be bumbling, naïve, gung-ho beginners. Tree landings, sketchy moments and junkshow launches become part of the new normal.

With only six months of flying under their belts, and professional flier Matt Henzi as a sensei, Wright and Segal embark on an audacious objective: to climb and fly off Orizaba, the third-highest peak in the America’s and the highest in Mexico.

What ensues is disaster-style climbing, iffy weather, broken gear and a lesson in jumping into the deep end and being forced to swim.

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Director: Cedar Wright

Cedar Wright is a Professional Climber and Filmmaker living in Boulder Colorado.  As a member of The North Face Team, Cedar has traveled the world establishing adventurous and daring first ascents, often documenting these exploits through his writing and cinematography. Cedar is a National Geographic Explorer, a Contributing Editor at Climbing Magazine, and has won numerous awards for his films, including the popular Sufferfest franchise, which he also stars in along with his good friend Alex Honnold.  Cedar is a humble and approachable person known for his goofy sense of humor, and infectious lust for life, and is always game for an outrageous adventure.

While studying English and Creative Writing in Northern California, Cedar fell in love with rock climbing, and soon after graduation he moved into his truck (he now lives in a house) and began following his climbing dreams full time.  For over 5 years Cedar was a member of the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team, and when he wasn't hanging out of a helicopter he was climbing his ass off.  He got pretty good at it. Today, Cedar is one of the most recognized professional climbers in the United States, and continues to push himself as a climber and creative.  Cedar has climbed El Capitan free in a day, established traditional 5.13 first ascents in Yosemite and Indian Creek, and pioneered difficult new Alpine Rock Routes in places like Pakistan, the Bugaboos, and Alaska.  Cedar is also becoming an accomplished Paragliding Pilot with a flight from  18,490' Pico de Orizaba the third highest mountain in North America.  Cedar measures his net worth in experience, and continues to be a driven, passionate and prolific climber and story teller.