Best Film on Mountain Culture, Vancouver Film festival 2007
It's good to have friends in high places...
Three friends have spent a lifetime climbing together, and they reflect on where the journey has taken them, and where it will lead.
A cabinet-maker, an orthopaedic surgeon and a retired geologist make for interesting fireside company. With a cumulative age of 145 years these three men are attempting to grow old gracefully. They might not be world-class climbers, but they are world-class buddies out on the narrow ledge.
On the weekends you will find them roped together on the sun-soaked South Africa rock. They will be trying to open a new route, styling up an old one, looking for a new project... or drinking tea.
Their failures (put down to old age) and their successes take them from Table Mountain in Cape Town to the lichen covered walls of Blouberg in the Limpopo Province. Cameo appearances by other (sometimes more youthful) inspirational boulderers, trad and sport climbers represent the various themes in climbing life as perceived by the three friends.
With character interviews and the guidance of narrator Andrew de Klerk (probably the country's most respected rock climber and alpinist), the lessons of climbing are woven into a metaphor of life's continuum.