A few years ago, some of the guys from CFF filmed some footage of me trying Freaks of the Industry. This year, their interest in my battle with this boulder was renewed and they began filming again.
The season was off to a good start and I was able to make good links early on. Things were coming together after a few days at the boulder. I fell very near my high point from last season and decided to be patient and wait a week for good temperatures to come. That was in early September. Little did I know that a week later the Front Range would be left reeling from the 1,000 year flood.
Needless to say, that put climbing and filming on hold. The devastation in Colorado and the government shutdown kept Rocky Mountain National Park closed for the majority of the season. When things settled down and I finally made the long, roundabout drive up there, I snuck in a few extra days climbing on Freaks. I made good progress and even got my all-time high-point. But the boulder has become the ultimate mind game, and I couldn’t finish it off before the snow came.
After a few days of trudging through the snow and continuing to be thwarted by the boulder, I called it quits. This boulder has worked its way deep into my mind and I have yet to overcome the intense mental challenge it has presented.
At the end of a challenging season, Exposure Vol. 1 premiered last week at the Boulder Theater. The film includes various segments profiling a diverse group of climbers. It was a pleasure to see the final product of the Freaks segment, as well as all the other segments. A big thanks goes out to Mountain Hardwear, one of the major sponsors of the film, as well as Kyle Berkompas, Kevin Ziechmann and everyone else at Chuck Fryberger Films. Find more info about the film at www.chuckfryberger.com or http://www.epictv.com/exposure-vol-1