"Pushing hard, seeking my physical limits.... that much I was used to, on a daily basis, whether in training or during competitions. But in Joshua Tree, Californie, with these 10 problems, these 10 challenges: "So High" 40ft, "Up40" 33ft, "Aiguille de Joshua" 31ft, "slash face, Betty Jo, Planet X, White Rasta" 26ft and "Alexendria, False Up 20 & Acte of Contrition" 21ft it was all about mental limits...seeing how far I dared go. How high I could climb without my mind going off the rails How long I could climb until my old demons, the ones that cost me dearly in competition, showed up again How I would react when success was no longer an option... but the only solution."
Forcer, aller chercher mes limites physiques je savais faire, c’est mon quotidien, tout au long de l’année à l’entraînement ou lors des compétitions. Par contre, a Joshua Tree en Californie avec ces 10 blocs, ces10 challenges: "So High" 12m, "Up40" 10m, "Aiguille de Joshua" 9m50, "slash face, Betty Jo, Planet X, White Rasta" 8m et "Alexendria, False Up 20 & Acte of Contrition" 7m, le défi était mental : aller voir jusqu’où je pouvais m’engager, jusqu’où je pouvais grimper sans que le cerveau ne déraille, jusqu’à quel moment je grimperai avant que mes vieux démons qui m'avaient coûté si cher en compétition pointent le bout de leur nez, comment je me comporterai quand réussir ne sera plus une option mais... la seule et unique solution."
SO HIGH FULL MOVIE
Joshua Tree National Park (3 200 km2) is one of the largest parks in California and one of the most recent to open in the United States. Its name comes from the massive yucca plants that the Mormons called Joshua trees when they arrived in the far west, as they thought the twisted trees looked like Joshua extending his arms to show California. It is halfway between the vast metropolis of Los Angeles and the extravaganza that is Las Vegas and yet none of that disturbs the calm and the silence of this Californian expanse. Rock formations and almost unreal trees fill this Far West backdrop as far as the eye can see. Once a natural defensive position or the promised land for some, this sanctuary for granite giants has become an unlikely playground for adventure-seeking climbers!
"Joshua Tree is Romain’s dream. This place is a sort of sanctuary for him. The idea of going there brings him peace, but at the same time gives him sleepless nights. It brings him peace because the scenery is breathtaking … the silence of the desert, sprinkled with pink granite boulders and spindly trees, it’s a spiritual, meditative place. But it haunts Romain’s dreams, because it is home to ten "high balls". Ten boulders. Ten dreams. Ten problems…
Romain is a professional climber, he trains every day to be the best. Triple French Champion in 2012, 2013, 2014, he was crowned European Champion in 2013. The only title he has yet to achieve is World Champion, which he narrowly missed out on this September in Spain. A foot slip cost him the title. Now he feels he needs to take a step back from his 2014 season, away from the artificial indoor climbing surfaces, far from the memory of that slip, to find some inner peace. The high balls are the highest and toughest 10 boulders on the planet to be assembled in one place.
It is a personal challenge that Romain has set himself: a series of ten boulders, each more than 10m high, and rated up to 8a. For Romain it’s not the technical difficulty that motivates him, it’s the challenge, the sheer height of these high balls requires 100% commitment. Up on top of these boulders, needless to say a foot slip would be … unforgiving."
(pic/Pierre Cadot )
CHAMONIX PREVIEW: So Night !
Directed by PIERRE CADOT
Director Of Photography THOMAS GUERRIN
Scriptwriter ROMAIN DESGRANGES - PIERRE CADOT
Executives Producers MOCTARWALID - JAOUAD JORDAN ABBAOUI
Line Producers INSIGHT CHAMONIX
Associate Producers ADIDAS OUTDOOR - WELEDA - CROSSCALL - EXPRESSION HOLDS
Post Production YAKA PRODUCTION PARIS
Editor ALEXIS NOEL
Mixer LAURENT FOUCHER - STUDIO KAZOO
Color Grading RENAUD GRINCOURT
Traduction SHEILA FARRELL McCARRON
Song A MUSIC
Exept "J'irai au bout de mes Rêves" by JEAN JACQUES GOLDMAN
Spécial Thanks :
FRED ROUHLING - JUSTIN - ANDY FURANO
ALPES TRANSPORT LIMOUSINE CHAMONIX
ANTOINE LOUVEAU - CHARLY DE REALS - STEPHANE MARELLI
MARION BONNEFOY - CANNELLE CAUSSE - GENEVIEVE & MICHEL CADOT
YANNICK LEGRAND - ANTOINE MICHEL - MATHILDE PALLOT
FRANCOIS KERN - SARAH LANSAC - SIMON RAVAZ
ATELIER ESOPE - JACQUE MICHEL
ALP TAXI - LAURENT MESTDAGH
LUDO RAVANEL - FABRICE JUDENNE
BERNARD & DOMINIQUE DESGRANGES
JEAN JACQUES GOLDMAN
BENJAMIN SCHWEIZER - EMMANUELLE TAHMAZIAN
MARIE ANNE MIDY -ANNE FUYNEL
AXEL BURKHARDT - ALEXENDER NEHLS - PHILIPP FESTL
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