Jon Krakauer wrote, “In any human endeavor, some fraction of it’s practitioners will be motivated to pursue that activity with such concentrated focus and unalloyed passion that it will consume them utterly. As a result of this infatuation, existence overflows with purpose. Through immoderation, he experiences something akin to rapture.”
Yosemite Valley has long been regarded as the holy land for climbers and boulderers throughout the world. The origins of rock climbing lie in the 3000-foot granite walls lining the valley and the boulders that sit strewn about below these staggering monoliths.
In the late weeks of November, the Louder Than 11 crew gathered from all corners of the country to experience Yosemite Valley bouldering. As a group of passionate individuals, we enveloped ourselves in the landscape for two weeks, attacking boulders as if tomorrow would never come. On the surface, the very foundation of our identities is built on rock climbing—a sport that we believe is the greatest on the planet—but there is much more to this seemingly inherent addiction than meets the eye.
With Park Life, we strive to answer this age-old, omnipresent question: Why? By combining difficult climbing, captivating visuals, and engaging music under the all-encompassing umbrella of a professional production company, we hope to portray a unique lifestyle that has given us all a palpable sense of unwavering purpose. The long-lasting friendships, incessant failure and equally abundant success, reckless commitment and dedication driven to the point of complete and utter irresponsibility; it’s an eternal battle. We do it because we love it. At LT11 our media is always free, whether you like it or not.
Quotes from the climbers and producers:
Natasha Barnes – http://natashabarnes.lt11.com/ (Athlete)
“Going to Yosemite with the rest of the LT11 crew was like a dream trip in my own backyard. I’ve never been on a trip with so many psyched individuals. The positive energy when we were together on this trip was unbelievable and something I will never forget.”
“LT11 is on the forefront of climbing entertainment. We love what we do and we want to share it with the rest of the world.”
“Showing my friends around my home area, which just so happens to be a world class climbing destination, was an unforgettable experience. I can’t think of a better place to bring the crew together than the birthplace of rock climbing.”
Max Zolotukhin – http://climbingczar.lt11.com/ (Athlete)
“Louder Than 11′s “Park Life: Bouldering in Yosemite” gives me exactly what has been lacking in 99% of climbing media: jaw-dropping climbing footage but with the poignancy of human emotion to back it up. I have seen plenty of mindless teenagers climb V15 in high definition; what I haven’t seen is working class weekend warriors lay bare their indefatigable infatuation with climbing as their raison d’etre while climbing five star classics of all grades in the place where it all began, Yosemite Valley. Park Life presents bouldering as the archetypal lifestyle sport, with dedicated athletes that want nothing more than to express themselves through their passion for climbing. Never has a FREE online climbing video made the common bouldering experience so palatable for the every-day enthusiast; LT11 has produced the quintessential piece of climbing media for 2012, with unequivocal substance to match its savvy cinematography. I APPROVE.”
Jon Glassberg – http://jonglassberg.lt11.com/ (Co Owner of LT11, Athlete, Director)
“We wanted to make this film to show climbers, and non climbers, what we do at Louder Than 11. More than just a movie about bouldering in Yosemite Valley, this piece digs deep into what it means to the characters to be involved in rock climbing to their core. As individuals and as a company, we are fully immersed in rock climbing as a way of life and a livelihood. We hope that “Park Life” expresses out love for the sport and our endless pursuit for beautiful boulders, amazing life experiences, and long lasting friendships.”
Jordan Shipman – http://jordanshipman.lt11.com/ (Co-Owner of LT11, Special Effects, Motion, Director)
“Louder Than 11 is like a band. Its all about the ingredients each individual brings to the collaborative effort. I’m really excited about Park Life because it represents a true collaboration for the entire LT11 crew. The production quality we can achieve when we work together far exceeds what any one of us could do alone. I loved making this video. Shooting, climbing, editing and motion graphics–I love it.
Rich Crowder – http://www.richcrowder.com/ (Director of Photography)
“An all out visual assault on the Valley classics. A true documentary that wears its heart on its sleeve”
A Louder Than 11 Production
Additional Camera Support by
Director of Photography
Motion Graphics by
Visual Effects by
Music Supervision by
Django Django “Default”
The Japanese Pop Stars “Take Forever”
Metronomy “Everything Goes My Way”
Gramatik “Dungeon Sound”
Umek, Baltek “Out of Play”
Mr. Sche & L. Ceasar “Hustle Maniac”
Flowers and Sea Creatures “Secrets we Stole from the Dance Floor”
Kemek “Certain Frequencies”
The Japanese Pop Stars “Shells of Silver White Sea”
Flowers and Sea Creatures “A.M.”
T&K “Summer Night”
Best Boy Grip
Special Thanks to
Free. Whether you like it or not.
© 2012 Louder Than 11