Our own show!


Sender Films is very pleased to announce our new National Geographic International television series, “First Ascent.” Based on our popular film, the six part series will bring viewers around the world with top climbers and crazy characters in the never-ending quests for new routes. It has been our long-held goal to present the dirt-bag heroes of the climbing world to a broader global audience, and we are very psyched to be producing what we think is the first-ever series dedicated to rock climbing culture.

Here is the press release from Nat Geo.

We are currently polishing off the first two episodes. The first documents Chris Sharma’s latest 5.15 efforts in Spain and Clark Mountain, created in close collaboration with Big Up Productions. The second follows Renan Ozturk, Cedar Wright and Sean Leary on an epic trip to South America in honor of the great Roberta Nunes). We are going to be cranking all through the summer shooting and editing these and four other shows from Alaska to The Himalayas. First Ascent will be airing on Nat Geo’s international channels later this year. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

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The Desert


Home from South America, we got right back on the road, this time driving west from Boulder to the great American desert to shoot more for our new TV show.

We plunged into the desert splitters with Rob Pizem, roof-crack extraordinaire. Rob brought us to some isolated, perfectly horizontal roof cracks that he climbs with natural protection.

Next up, Steph Davis at Indian Creek, where we shot her new cutting edge project, Learning to Fly. The climb is totally splitter, and kicks back to about 15 degrees of overhang at the crux. Another beautiful day in the desert!


Once things got too hot in the Creek, we had to power through an epic sandstorm to arrive in Zion National Park.


Just in time to catch Alex “no big deal” Honnold casually free soloing the 1200-foot 5.12+ Moonlight Buttress – his first repeat of this breakthrough climb.


Photo by Celin Serbo

The rest of the trip we climbed and shot with Sonnie Trotter, Mike Doyle, and Lauren Lee on the likes of Mast Blaster and other Zion testpieces. Covered in sand, scorched from the sun, and utterly satisfied, we decided it was time to head back to Boulder, and back to the editing room.

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