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    • Free Solo is one of the most amazing climbing movies ever and made mainstream distribution in theaters. But some climbers say Dawn Wall is the better movie. It gets 100% critics and 98% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's ready to buy on Amazon Prime, iTunes, etc. I bought. Anyone else?

    • Keenan Wells

      I really can’t wait to watch this. I just saw Free Solo and holy cow was that intense!

      I’ve been climbing for a bit now but am still pretty bad at it, lol! I’m always blown away by watching these climbers do what looks impossible to me. For some reason it seems more impressive to me than watching other star athletes in other sports. Perhaps it’s because the stakes are so much higher and also I know a tiny bit about what kind of razor thin holds they’re clinging on too. It’s like watching a magic trick.

      I’ve read a little bit about this climb and it’s supposedly the hardest end to end big wall climb ever done in terms of shear technicality? I don’t know enough about it but it sounds like that’s the case. While the stakes were much higher with Honnold’s free solo ascent of the Freerider route, it sounds like the Dawn Wall is a much more difficult climb.

      Looking forward to watching!

    • Bought it, watched it! I was psyched because I loved Free Solo so much but had heard from climber friends that this was the better movie. The thought was this had more climbing and less about girlfriends and parents. Yeah, my friends are like that.

      I thought it was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen, on a par with Free Solo. I didn't see that there was less personal and more climbing, but I wasn't counting minutes. However, there was nothing about the filmmakers. They just blended into the background. The photography was incredible and the story even more so.

      Would love to know what @kevin , @MarniWolf and @PaulMRobertson think.

    • The wife and I watched Free Solo recently and it gave her nightmares. What an intense documentary! I hadn't heard of this one, so thanks for the heads up. I'll likely be buying this once I recover from my holiday spending. Cheers!

    • I loved The Dawn Wall because the story is both authentic and compelling. I was well aware of Tommy's journey, but it was nice to see it pieced together in a feature film. You couldn't contrive a better climbing story. The real events that took place in his life compelled him to devote 7 years of his life to the insane project of sending the Dawn Wall.

      IMHO Dawn Wall is a notch above Free Solo because there wasn't a need to pad the film with vignettes about the filmmakers or candid moments with a girlfriend. Tommy is such an interesting, multifaceted human being who has been through so much hardship. There is no shortage of content that appeals to dedicated climbers.

    You've been invited!