Your favorites from the archives
It's been sixteen months since we launched Reel Rock Unlimited, and we're delighted to see so many of our classic films get renewed attention! There've been over 250,000 hours watched (that's a lot of stoke!) with some surprisingly popular gems from waaay back, as well as predictably-steady viewing of films featuring the biggest stars (looking at you, Honnold).
Let this serve as a tic-list, fuel for rage, or inspiration for creating your own lists. Subscribers can download all these films (and everything on the platform) for offline viewing (hint: at the crag!). We've also made these films available as RENTALS for non-subscribers.
Without further ado, here is a list of our Top 10 Most-Watched Classic Films (note: RR16 and RR17 films are excluded, as they launched on the platform and received zillions of views):
#11 - United States of Joe's
Ok, we said 10 - but we think this film warrants the spotlight. In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. When a ragged band of punk rock climbers shows up, the two cultures inevitably clash.
#10 - Boys in the Bugs
Elite crack climbers and world-class goofballs Will Stanhope & Matt Segal go for broke on a multi-year battle to climb a forbidding 5.14 finger crack high in the Canadian alpine wilderness of the Bugaboos.
#9 - The High Road
Nina Williams is chasing elite-level boulder problems up to 50 feet tall. In this profile of an emerging star, Nina tests her nerves well into the no-fall zone, including a bold ascent of the Buttermilks' iconic Too Big to Flail (v11).
#8 - Alone on the Wall
Twenty-three-year-old Alex Honnold is taking the high-stakes sport of free soloing to new heights. He ventures ropeless up the mind-bending walls of Moonlight Buttress (5.12+, 1000 ft) and The North Face of Half Dome (5.12, 2000 ft).
#7 - Break on Through
In her quest to become the first woman to climb 5.15, Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Colorado, moves to Europe to battle La Rambla and Realization.
#6 - Dodo's Delight
Pack your penny whistle and batten down the hatches for a madcap sailing adventure in the Arctic Circle. Join Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll & friends for a rollicking musical journey across open seas and up unclimbed big walls.
#5 - Honnold 3.0
Upping the ante, Alex Honnold ups the ante with the the first ascent of Too Big to Flail (v11) and a free solo of The Phoenix (5.13) before taking on the Yosemite Triple - Mt. Watkins, El Cap & Half Dome all by himself in a single day.
#4 - The Swiss Machine
Speed alpinist Ueli Steck dances up faces in the Himalaya and the Alps, including his record-smashing ascent of The Eiger North Face. Ueli also teams up with fellow soloist Alex Honnold to break records on El Cap.
Alex Honnold joins forces with Tommy Caldwell to take on The Fitz Roy Traverse - a gnarly alpine journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing, a quest that earned them the Piolet d'Or.
#2 - Valley Uprising
Our beloved feature documentary - a tour de force through 50 years of Yosemite's climbing counterculture. Emmy award winner, and Grand Prize winner at Banff and over a dozen festivals.
Alex Honnold & Tommy Caldwell team up to steal the coveted speed record on El Cap's Nose from two scrappy locals - Brad Gobright & Jim Reynolds. To break the record, they must climb the entire 3,000+ feet in under 2 hours.