October 25, 2011

Extreme Expeditions Facts

  • The multi-award winning film, Asgard Project, from the first discussions of the concept, to the training climbs, to the premier of the film in front of a sell out crowd, the time span was only 10 months.

  • An athlete climbing to Mt. Asgard’s peak of 2015m is an amazing feat, but have you thought about the guy who’s filming him? Asgard Project filmmaker Alastair Lee’s camera bag weighed the equivalent of an average 4 year old boy, 15 kg, or 33 lbs.

  • Will Gadd of the fim Aweberg, had a difficult time finding a boat captain adventurous enough to take him to the icebergs, hearing multiple times "No, the bergs are dangerous to get close to."

  • Interesting quote from Will Gadd of Aweberg,“The second biggest hazard after the icebergs was the bugs--truly amazing, it was hard to sleep when we were camping in our tents due to the high-powered whine, like having a mini jet-engine next to your head.”

  • The film Into Darkness took 7 years in the making as the team explored various caves, and worked to improve their in-cave lighting and camera techniques.

  • While filming Into Darkness the longest stretch of time the team spent in a cave was 16 hours, but caver Scott Sievertsen has spent several days at a time in caves, setting up base camps.

  • “The biggest challenge after survival, was keeping our batteries charged” – Chris Edmonds, filmmaker, Deeper. The production team placed portable solar panels on the tops of their tents in order to recharge batteries, iPods, etc.

  • When caving, tight squeezes can actually tear the clothes off your back. Generally cavers wear coveralls as to not lose their pants going through a squeeze. The Into Darkness team will even give names to some of the tight passages such as, “The Grim Crawl of Death”, “Slim Chance” or “The Calorie Counter”.

  • The longest cave on record in the world is in the United States, 390 miles (627km). The deepest is in the country of Georgia, 2191 meters (7188 feet).

  • Sean “Stanley” Leary of the Asgard Project got his nickname when in middle school. He didn’t have the funds to purchase the proper climbing hammer, but he did some part time work on a construction site where he got his hands on a Stanley© brand hammer. Fellow climbers teased him and called him “Stanley”, and the name stuck.

  • Overcoming the odds: Karina Hollekim had 21 open fractures in her right femur, 4 fractures in her left femur, and lost more than 3 litres of blood after her parachuting accident in 2006. She had more than 15 surgeries, and had 12cm of her femur removed and was told time and time again she wouldn’t walk again.

  • “I went through 18 liters of water and a tub of electrolyte mix. I also tried everything from pizza to steak, with varying degrees of success.” - Ice climber Will Gadd after he climbed 194 laps—or 25,414 feet— on The Pic of the Vic from noon January 9 to noon January 10, 2010 to raise money for charity.

  • Banff was established in 1885 as Canada's first national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountains in Banff National Park are 45 to 120 million years old.

  • In 1912, Franz Reichelt, tailor, jumped from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower testing his invention, the coat parachute. He died. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.

  • The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has exhibited on every Continent in the world including Antarctica.

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