The Denali Experiment: An Expedition To Climb, Ski and Snowboard Denali, Alaska [Video]

Extreme conditions, extreme adventure and extreme photography.

Denali is the native name for Mt. McKinley and is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet (6,168 m) above sea level.

At some 18,000 feet (5,500 m), the base-to-peak rise is considered the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level. Measured by topographic prominence, it is the third most prominent peak after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of US state of Alaska, McKinley is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Free-ride skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari step out of their elements and make an attempt to climb, ski and snowboard Denali. Sage and Lucas get a helping hand from a huge cast of seasoned and professional climbers and ski mountaineers from the North Face Athlete Team, including Hilaree O’Neill, Conrad Anker, Ingrid Backstrom, Jim Zellers, Emilio Previtali and Giulia Monego, as the two embark on the hardest expedition of their lives.

Editor, Renan Ozturk (aka ‘Reo’) describes the filming and the sacrifices:

‘Although I was injured with a few broken vertebrae in my neck during this expedition it was awesome to live vicariously through the edit process!’

Director Jimmy Chin discusses his approach:

‘In a lot of ways, this is the antithesis of the modern ski porn flick. A lot of rock star skiers and not much skiing! Ha! Well, hopefully having a narrative helps the piece along.

It was a tough piece to put together with all the different characters. I decided to focus the story on Sage and Lucas and was hoping the piece would give people a sense of who those two characters are besides being rock star skiers/snowboarders. I often feel like the whole process of skiing and who the skiers actually are gets lost in most of the films today.’

The Denali Experiment

Denali Experiment 3

Denali Experiment 2

A camp4collective production

Credits:
Director : Jimmy Chin
Cinematographers : Jimmy Chin, Matt Irving, Adam Clark
Editor: Renan Ozturk
Motion Graphics: Barry Thompson, Eric Bucy, Marty Blumen
Additional Media: Teton Gravity Research, Absinthe Films, Colby Coombs, Renan, Sage and Lucas
Color: Anson Fogel

Technical:
Shot with the a Canon 5D and TM900

Music (in order of appearance):

Philip Sheppard: Night Vision
Yppah: Never Mess With Sunday
Sun Wukong Project: Clear Puzzles in Mjet
Ammoncontact: Like Waves Of The Sea
Philip Sheppard: The Valley
The Damn Sons: Who Wants More
CatacombKid: Digital Cliffs
CatacombKid: Water
Amon Tobin: Bloodstone
Ape School: My Intention (Yppah Remix Instrumental)
Fink Song: Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us

[More Information: Camp4Collective |Denali National Park | Denali/ Mt. McKinley ]

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