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High Hazard

A film made in 1935 by Stanley Watson, a Keswick-based climber and Chief of the British Mountain Guides, who, dissatisfied with previous attempts to film mountaineering and rock climbing, was inspired to make his own.

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High Hazard Description

  • Brand : Mountainmere Research
  • Season :
  • Code : ENT HH
  • Packaged Weight : 0.25KG
  • A film made in 1935 by Stanley Watson, a Keswick-based climber and Chief of the British Mountain Guides, who, dissatisfied with previous attempts to film mountaineering and rock climbing, was inspired to make his own. Watson was one of the country's leading rock climbers, already a proficient climbing guide, keen photographer and artist. Sure that he had the necessary skills, he formed his own production company, bought five cameras, nominated himself as producer and in May 1934 set about filming with a cast of friends and employees.

    Of course it wasn't as easy as it sounds, and as a newcomer to the film world Watson faced considerable scepticism and indifference. However, he had an ambition which rose over everything and he set out to make a picture that professional moviemen would be forced to accept. High Hazard became the first complete photographic record of British rock climbing, with film shot from those previously-elusive camera positions that non-climbing cameramen couldn't reach. Carrying several cameras for miles over the rough mountain tracks, and hauling them by ropes up perpendicular precipices, Stanley Watson and his British Mountain Guides secured pictures of world famous cragsmen at work.

    Highlights include a 9 year old girl climbing Napes Needle and Stanley Watson himself making a blindfold ascent of Kern Knotts Crack.

    Black and white with mono sound.

    16 minutes.

    Re-released 2009.

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