Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund: “History of Lander Climbing” documentary in process

Editing the documentary about Lander Climbing History (Screen shot by

Editing the documentary about Lander Climbing History. (Screen shot by Kyle Duba via Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund) 

(Lander, Wyo.) – So, at what point does the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund cross-over to recreation? Well, in the case of the International Climbers’ Festival in Lander, the answer is when there is a great idea to do a documentary that will preserve Lander’s rich climbing history, place Lander in the context of a handful of internationally renowned areas, and bring to light the compelling stories of the individuals who pioneered the sport.

This year the Cultural Trust is providing a small grant to support the videographer, Kyle Duba, in completing the amazing story of how a cadre of world-class climbers were drawn to the Lander area by its unique geology and Wyoming way-of-life. These vagabond adventurers found more than just rocks, they found a home. Soon, Lander, a quiet ranching and tourist town, evolved into one of the most welcoming climbing communities in the world. The story will be told by the climbing pioneers involved using present-day interviews and archival footage.

You can get a glimpse into the process of gathering these wonderful stories and the challenges of editing such a story, through the film’s website. The final feature-length documentary will be completed early this year and plans include a Wyoming-based tour and submission to several film festivals in 2013. The film will be available to the general public via the internet in the summer of 2013.

A link to the production blog of the film can be found here.

–Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund