“In the High Country” will be a new kind of mountain film featuring Anton Krupicka. Filmed and Produced by Joel Wolpert with the support of Ultimate Direction, this won’t be the usual running film – no “loneliness of the long distance runner” – “High Country” will take you where you’ve never been before.
Anton Krupicka’s running has evolved from roads to trails to mountains and now free-soloing. Filmed over one season, “In the High Country” is about living and running light and free. The raw footage is terrific, is being edited now, and the film will be released in the Summer of 2013, with an approximate running time of 30 minutes.
Joel is the only person who could have made this film. He drove to Colorado from his home in West Virginia in his old station wagon, then without really trying to, matched Anton’s lifestyle – pre-dawn starts, high ridge traverses, exposed soling, ice cold river baths, then sleep in the back of the car – all while filming everything.
I first met Joel when I went up to show Anton a route on the Second Flatiron above Boulder that can be used to link all five Flatirons. I didn’t want Joel to go … this is not casual terrain … the crux is 5.6, but is a tricky, blind traverse. Joel was very calm and understanding when we discussed it at the car, which is a good sign, so I agreed we should all go up. I did the exposed move, turned around to see how the guys were doing, and watched Joel follow it – using one hand – filming with the other.
It doesn’t matter what cool things you do – if a camera can’t get there, there is no film. Joel is a fit and excellent climber – everywhere Anton went, the camera went. This is going to be worth watching!
Filmed and Produced by Joel Wolpert
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