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Friday, January 30, 2009

Pure Goes Viral

Okay, this is the part where I ask a favor. Help me spread the gospel of Pure by embedding my trailer all over the place. I don't have any shiny magazine ads lined up for the film, so I need the promotion to spread virally.

The president of the Pure Street Team Justin Jaeger accidently embedded it into a prenuptial agreement yesterday. Nice work JJ, keep it up buddy.

Just visit this page and grab the embed code from the video player, then spread the love. Your karma will be repaid 100 fold during your next bouldering session. I promise.

PURE - A Bouldering Flick by Chuck Fryberger OFFICIAL TRAILER from Chuck Fryberger on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Final Point-Count for Pure

Some Numbers from Pure:

506...............V-Points in the video (i.e. a V10 = 10 pts.)
58,232............Miles traveled to film segments.
23,476............Pounds of CO2 generated from my air travel.
96,389............Frames in the final cut of the film.
4.1...............Frames in the final cut, per pound of CO2 emissions.
1/6th.............Seconds it takes to watch 4.1 frames of video.
460,000,000,000...Data (in Bytes)recorded of raw HD material.
768...............E-mails I've sent containing the word 'Pure'.
19................Extraordinary climbers.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Even more delicious than a bouldering video

It's dumping snow outside, so I decided to make Chebe rolls. Chebe is a gluten-free flour made from manioc. It makes delicious rolls and pizzas and we eat a ton of it around here.

Could this be the most boring blog post ever? Possibly... but you read it, didn't you?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Carter Lake

Last weekend a large crew went up to Carter Lake to see what the conditions might be like. Conditions were good. The rock in Carter is a frustrating texture, with some painful little pebbles that you always wind up needing to jam your knuckle into. I saw my good friend Sean Drolet up there, and Jamie Emerson came out as well. Sean pointed me towards 'Train in Vain' which is a difficult traverse problem. I blew the flash quite quickly and then figured out what I screwed up. On my next try I linked through the early crux and held on through the death-pump finish to complete the problem. I went up to Meatrope after that and gave some tries on this problem. I had tried Meatrope lots of times before but with no success. I believe one of the holds had broken since my last time on the route, and so initially I thought chances were not so good for this line.

I gave it about 20 tries and finally ground out the last moves on tiny crimps to get the top. Photos above are from Sarah. It was a good day on good rock with a great crew, and I'm psyched to get out a little more often once my film is finished.

I gave the unofficial world premiere of Pure last night here at my house to a few of my friends, and they were psyched. I'm really happy with the way the film turned out and I cant wait for the premiere at the Boulder Theater on Feb 20th. (mark your calendars!)

I'm going to be doing some major promotional efforts for Pure this week and I plan on releasing the trailer in the next couple of days. It had a great reception at the trade show in SLC last week and I cant wait to release it to the world.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Supporting the Tunesmiths

I have just finished cutting checks to cover the soundtrack licenses for Pure, and in total, my film will be putting about $5000.00 into the pockets of independent musicians from around the world. Many video producers use 'exposure' to convince musicians to give away rights to their music for free. They then incorporate the creative work into their video by the extremely difficult process of 'drag and drop'. When the video is finished, they charge enough to make a profit and then return exactly 0% to the musicians.

I'm not a fan of this system, and I love being able to support other creatives during tough economic times, when creativity is generally the last thing anyone can afford.

When I was studying music technology at CU Denver all the audio geeks had this mantra:

Audio without video is Radio.
Video without audio is a surveillance system.

I'm working on the Pure trailer, and it should be finished soon. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

someday I will be this awesome.

Another one of the themes in Pure is turning out to be androids, cyborgs, automatons... whatever you want to call them. The intro to the film is inspired by this outstanding work of art:

Friday, January 16, 2009


I'm discovering that one of the themes in PURE is contrast... opposites.

for example...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nalle's win in Norway

There is a good video from the Scandinavian Championships, quite a few parts are on youtube, but here's the one where Nalle clinches the win.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Travel is a fascinating experience, and it's even better when you have an i-pod with some good tunes. Have you ever been sitting there, looking out the window of a train, and you start to realize that the world is starting to sync up with your music?

I've been exploring how other visual artists mix audio and video for some time now, and It's always amazing and humbling to see stuff like this... an extremely simple concept done very well.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just in Time

Sunday was a perfect day of bouldering in the Flatirons. My friends Justin Jaeger, Andy Mann, Ben Scott, and TJ Burchfield came out and we went north from Eldorado Canyon to check out some boulders where there were some established lines as well as some projects to try.

The photo is from Andy Mann. It is of one of the projects I sent, which I named 'David Bowie' because I think this problem is a real rock star. It's a great problem, with a obvious start, interesting moves, and an exciting jump at the lip.

I hope to get up to the Flatirons a couple more times before the raptor closure takes effect. I tried an amazing project that would definitely need a little more cleaning and a lot more effort to try to send.

Today I am continuing work on Pure, completing the assembly of the segments. I've started working on the trailer but that will go back on the shelf for a little while until the DVD is finished.

Last night was a great workout with Dave Wahl, my strength coach at Athletik Spesifik. Jamie Emerson, the famous bouldering legend known for cutting edge first ascents such as 'center route in my tennis shoes' has started training with us and he is incredibly strong. It will be crazy to see what happens when Dave's program takes him to the next level.

Have a great day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Reader appreciation day

Hello blog readers.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, and I have been offered the chance to extend a special discount to those of you who keep up on my climbing, filming, and traveling experiences.

Cloudveil has given me some special codes that I can pass on to you. They work for 20% off your entire order from It's pretty easy to use... just put items in your shopping cart, enter the promo code, and check out for 20% less.

If you would like one of these codes, please just drop me an email through the contact form at and I will reply with your discount code.

Thanks, have a great day.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I just checked the status of a couple of projects I shot for Nature Valley, and I'm extremely proud to report that our granola bar commercial featuring rock climbing has been viewed over 841,000 times!. As well, there is a cut (possibly a rough cut) of our work in downieville when Nelson and I went out to shoot mountain biking.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cody Roth and JT - Death Battle Approaching

Many of you might remember the famous scarf cody uses from my video with him in South Africa. He confidently delivers the 'and now, I will rest with my scarf' line shortly before sending a very hard boulder problem. Well, there is a man named Jonathan Thesenga who is very intolerant of scarf-related media and he threatened to kill Cody if he ever saw him wearing "that stupid f*cking scarf ever again". Well I have sad news to report... the scarf is making a second appearance in a video soon to be released on MVM.

So if you have anything to say to Cody you only have a few days to do it.