Monty Python’s great homage to climbing may not get everything about the sport entirely correct; the direction of travel for instance. However, compared to attempts from other quarters to dramatise climbing for the big and little screen, they don’t do too badly.
Most importantly, technical terms like ‘laybacking’ and ‘carabiner’ are used correctly while they also astutely pick up on the often philosophical nature of climbers themselves.
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Certainly, when you compare it to films like Vertical Limit, you’d have to say that this little video could well be one of the best mainstream depictions of climbing that we have—aside from Alex Honnold in Free Solo.