Every rock climber has a bouldering bucket list, and after watching Hampi Local, India is pretty much at the top of ours. But the best part about this 20-minute documentary from Bloc Features isn’t actually the sneak peek at some of the region’s best climbing; it’s that the film centers around a rising local talent, something we don’t often get to see in climbing clips.
Last fall, Bloc Features spent two months in Hampi, India, making a documentary film about Vikas (Jerry), the owner of Tom and Jerry’s climbing shop and a local climber with some major potential. Despite growing up in one of the world's greatest bouldering fields, Jerry discovered climbing only through Hugo, a visiting Spanish climber. The duo is now developing new areas for climbers all around Hampi.
Enter breathtaking footage of vibrant sunsets, saturated cityscapes and some of the most staggeringly beautiful boulders we've ever seen and we can safely add India to our climbing bucket list.
“Before we went to Hampi, we were surprised at how little high-quality footage there was of this stunning climbing destination,” says Bloc Features’ Lee Thompson, who shot the film on a Canon Mark D II. “Now that Hampi Local is live, we’re working on a follow-up. We want to get Jerry over to the U.K. to climb on northern grit. We’ll see our Hampi local become a Yorkshire tourist.”
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