Climb Newcastle News: Life on Hold Review


We're not Empire so let's keep this brief - I think it's fair to say that there were some psyched climbers in the North East this morning, after last night's showing of Life on Hold at Climb Newcastle...

Never has the UK's bouldering looked so good, in glorious HD and none of these grotty none-lines, simply some of the most inspiring slabs, prows and aretes in the land. It will of course be compared to the noughties bouldering film Stick It, and whilst they didn't quite get the all-round geographic coverage, The Outcrop Films team have captured a change in attitudes in the sport probably not seen since bouldering mats first appeared on the scene - namely high-balling. Classic E9s are now highball 7cs, and 8b testpieces are practically warm-ups. As a bonus, our beloved Norhumberland got it's fair share of action, mainly thanks no doubt to star of the show Dan Varian's love for the quiet county.

Whilst the like of Dan, Ned Feehally and Micky Page rampaged through hard problem after hard problem, possibly most impressive were the hard female ascents, so rarely captured on film before.

This isn't the place to go into fine details and spoilers but if you haven't got yourself to a showing then keep an eye out for the DVD coming soon...