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