The film deals with a trip around the world, from the scary and dark depths of the Canyon to the buildings of Hollywood, from the high snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the cliffs off the Thai coast. The director tries to outline the characteristics of the “modern pioneers” of the ascent and follows them in their attempts to carry out the “First Ascent” to the most astonishing and still intact rocks and mountains of the world. Equipped with a video camera, Mortimer visits the last unexplored reigns of the vertical world and makes a film of the legendary routes and a group of heroic climbers who have conquered them.
Peter Mortimer lives in Colorado where he founded an adventure film production house, Sender Films. He has produced and directed a range of documentaries on rock climbing, winning more than fifty awards at international film festivals. He made a major documentary on Chris Sharma, which won a Sports Emmy award for Outstanding Camerawork. Mortimer graduated in Geology from Colorado College and took a Masters at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In 2013 he took part in the Trento Film Festival with the award winning Honnold 3.0 and La Dura Dura.