Friday, October 5, 2012

Diamond Meditations

Welcome to an experimental piece shot over a few days camped out at the Diamond on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. I composed the song with this piece in mind. Big thanks to Joe Mills my climbing partner for this three days in the mountains, who is always psyched for adventure.

  Most of the on climb footage was shot on my Iphone 4s, and the on ground footage and timelapses were shot on a 5d mark iii.

Poetry in Order of Reading
The Mountain, by Emily Dickinson
On Beauty, by Kahil Gibran
Excerpt from Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu
Alone Looking At The Mountain, by Li Po
This Is How Your Mind Is, by Foyan

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Life of Cardwell

Hey Guys!  Sadly, Renan and I have been crazy busy this year with projects that haven't made it here to the blog, but I'm psyched to present this piece about John Cardwell that I cut for Five Ten.  This is my attempt at going beyond pure climbing porn and showing John's lifestyle and character, as well as some sick v13 bouldering gnar!  Hope you enjoy it!! CEDAR. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


So, because Renan and I have been busy with commercial projects, and climbing a lot, we haven't been able to produce any free content for the blog recently.  We love and cherish our Vertical Carnival Audience and hope to have some new stuff for you soon.  In the meantime..I thought I'd feature some videos put together by our friends.  A couple of these feature yours truly!  Below is a video put together by John Dickey for Black Diamond that gives you a peak into my world!  

Below is a video put together by a local Chilean filmmaker that features some pretty cool bouldering footage of myself Yuji, Honnold, and some local rock stars crushing! Stay tuned for a film I am working on that shows some of the other wild adventures that Honnold and I shared while down South.

Finally, This is a short Bouldering video put together by the 15 year old Stefan Lavender.  Stefan is one of my go to climbing partners, and he's been picking my brain about filmmaking and borrowing equipment when I'm not using it.  Not only is Stefan a bad ass 5.14 climber, but this is pretty cool for his first attempt at a short climbing film!!! 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tentbound in Devils Bay

The idea started off as a good one: To establish new trad climbs on the amazing 1,200-foot granite big-wall rocketing directly out of the ocean in Devil's Bay, Newfoundland. But for climbers Hazel Findlay, Alex Honnold, James Pearson and Mark Synnott, the great idea soon became something much different then planned.

Though Newfoundland is relatively close to Mark Synnott's home in upstate New Hampshire, in reality, it would be easier to reach some Himalayan basecamps than get to Devil's Bay. Five days of travel by car and boat into this land forgotten by modern time, the team finally arrived only to discover adverse conditions and suffering.

Expeditions are remembered for being either great successes or grand failures. But the reality is that most of the time, they are neither. For the climbers, their experience became as much an inward exploration of their own hopes, anxieties and fears as it was an exploration of the vertical walls. "Tentbound in Devil's Bay" is a portrait of the darker side of an expedition, a side that you rarely hear about.


Thursday, January 26, 2012


Wow was this really almost three years ago...yes it was, and this is goes back to the very roots of the vertical carnival blog that Renan and I started in south america on this trip, with the intention of only blogging for a couple months... Plans change!! The film is finally free to the public, thanks to iclimb who is giving the film away as an HD download! Pra Caramba marks the birth of my passion for filmmaking and had it's world premiere at the Boulder Adventure Film Festival! Read more...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Hey Guys! Cedar here. This is a short piece I shot for Bluewater ropes about Mixed Ninja Sam Elias! Watch one of the world's best mixed climbers, ninja his way up Red Bull and Vodka an impressive Mixed climb on Vail Pass that ventures out and endless stretch of gymnastic, tiered roof madness! The climb overhangs over fifty feet in a hundred and twenty, and finishes on the Fang, one of the most iconic ice climbs in the world.

Shortly after this was filmed, Sam Elias onsighted Direct King Cobra. Which at M11 is one of the hardest Mixed climbs in the world. Read more...

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Kyrgyzstan Project

Our good friends Matt Segal, John Dickey and Eric Decaria are working on film from their adventure to Kyrgyzstan last summer. There is some pretty insane looking rock over there, I hope you find some inspiration in this teaser! Thanks for checking it out! ~reo