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Thank you Kathy for your unwavering vulnerability and fighting hard for social justice in the work that you do. Thank you for sharing your pain, your stoke, and your cupcakes 🧁 

Reflecting on our search to find the subjects for Stone Locals, it revealed ways that our climbing community could improve. It was really difficult to find a diverse group of people, especially female characters, that fit our criteria: a well rounded look at what climbing has done for people, and what they have given back. As you might expect, there we no lack of old white guys on the list, but we wanted to hear other voices that may have not been heard in other conventional climbing films.. I thought “maybe we will just have 4 characters in the film because we just can’t find another female”, which would have left out a second female subject. My partner @juliberryy insisted that: “you all need to try harder to find this person”. I feel really lucky that we ended up finding and becoming friends with @inheadlights. 

I believe continuing to create an inclusive environment in the outdoor space is crucial. I know I’m still learning a ton about what this means, and how I can best support that idea. Working hard to include voices from someone like Kathy, and listening to those who have different perspectives than our own was really important for this film. 

Technical note: Ultimate tinkerer @mikeylikesrocks created a homemade crane that we used while Kathy climbed Celestial Mechanics at the end of the film.. pretty crazy timing for us to be there perfectly set up with that rig when she actually sent her huge project. 

📷 First portrait by me, the rest by @andrew_burr
Thank you Kathy for your unwavering vulnerability and fighting hard for social justice in the work that you do. Thank you for sharing your pain, your stoke, and your cupcakes 🧁 Reflecting on our search to find the subjects for Stone Locals, it revealed ways that our climbing community could improve. It was really difficult to find a diverse group of people, especially female characters, that fit our criteria: a well rounded look at what climbing has done for people, and what they have given back. As you might expect, there we no lack of old white guys on the list, but we wanted to hear other voices that may have not been heard in other conventional climbing films.. I thought “maybe we will just have 4 characters in the film because we just can’t find another female”, which would have left out a second female subject. My partner @juliberryy insisted that: “you all need to try harder to find this person”. I feel really lucky that we ended up finding and becoming friends with @inheadlights. I believe continuing to create an inclusive environment in the outdoor space is crucial. I know I’m still learning a ton about what this means, and how I can best support that idea. Working hard to include voices from someone like Kathy, and listening to those who have different perspectives than our own was really important for this film. Technical note: Ultimate tinkerer @mikeylikesrocks created a homemade crane that we used while Kathy climbed Celestial Mechanics at the end of the film.. pretty crazy timing for us to be there perfectly set up with that rig when she actually sent her huge project. 📷 First portrait by me, the rest by @andrew_burr
Thank you, Daniel Pohl for sharing your story with us. Getting to capture something like that felt like a once in a lifetime experience. My only regret is I didn’t sleep in one of your caves with you 🤓

Creating Stone Locals felt deeply meaningful in so many ways.. I can’t thank you all enough for all of the support and words that you have shared with myself and the rest of the team.. if you haven’t been able to watch it yet, I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Thank you, Daniel Pohl for sharing your story with us. Getting to capture something like that felt like a once in a lifetime experience. My only regret is I didn’t sleep in one of your caves with you 🤓 Creating Stone Locals felt deeply meaningful in so many ways.. I can’t thank you all enough for all of the support and words that you have shared with myself and the rest of the team.. if you haven’t been able to watch it yet, I don’t think you’ll regret it.
I’m really excited to share this with my friends and family in just a couple hours.. so much love went into this doc and I hope you’ll be able to feel that.

I’m sharing this with a heavy heart.. as we all have recently learned about the horrific events that took place the past few days. I want to take a moment to recognize the enormous amount of privilege that I have as a white male in America. My path in life has undoubtedly been easier because of my: gender, skin color, height, middle class upbringing, never fearing for my life around cops... im sure there are many more that I’m not currently aware of yet. My growth as a filmmaker has definitely benefited from all of those things as well... 

Ever since I started making films, it always felt important to tell stories with honesty and integrity. Throughout the last year I have been working towards telling stories that promote positive growth in our world. Stone Locals was my best effort being able to do that in our climbing community.

So much gratitude to @mikeylikesrocks for shooting and directing along side me, for @juliberryy for co-editing with me, and for the big team that supported this vision:

@monikamcclure 
@alxlwthr 
@tylerstrickland 
@classy_jack 
@publishthequest 
@inheadlights 
@therealzoegirl 
@gymhe 
@mel_not_zoe 
@noah_keithley
@miguelsclimbshop 
@mr.bigstrings
@kulibarri 
@rosecransbaldwin 
@rockyknolls
@toddhannigan
@kristotorgersen 
@thestonemind
@kosuke_fujikura
I’m really excited to share this with my friends and family in just a couple hours.. so much love went into this doc and I hope you’ll be able to feel that. I’m sharing this with a heavy heart.. as we all have recently learned about the horrific events that took place the past few days. I want to take a moment to recognize the enormous amount of privilege that I have as a white male in America. My path in life has undoubtedly been easier because of my: gender, skin color, height, middle class upbringing, never fearing for my life around cops... im sure there are many more that I’m not currently aware of yet. My growth as a filmmaker has definitely benefited from all of those things as well... Ever since I started making films, it always felt important to tell stories with honesty and integrity. Throughout the last year I have been working towards telling stories that promote positive growth in our world. Stone Locals was my best effort being able to do that in our climbing community. So much gratitude to @mikeylikesrocks for shooting and directing along side me, for @juliberryy for co-editing with me, and for the big team that supported this vision: @monikamcclure @alxlwthr @tylerstrickland @classy_jack @publishthequest @inheadlights @therealzoegirl @gymhe @mel_not_zoe @noah_keithley @miguelsclimbshop @mr.bigstrings @kulibarri @rosecransbaldwin @rockyknolls @toddhannigan @kristotorgersen @thestonemind @kosuke_fujikura
Excited and pretty nervous to share the project that I’ve been working on for last year all over the world. In every possible way it was the hardest and most meaningful work I’ve ever done.. I’m extremely proud of what it turned into and I’m so so grateful for the amazing team that I got to work with. It will premiere on the @patagonia YouTube channel for free on the 27th at 5pm. Fuck yeah.
@mikeylikesrocks 
@juliberryy 
@monikamcclure 
@alxlwthr 
@tylerstrickland 
@classy_jack 
@publishthequest 
@inheadlights 
@therealzoegirl 
@gymhe 
@mel_not_zoe 
@noah_keithley
@miguelsclimbshop 
@mr.bigstrings
@kulibarri 
@toddhannigan
@kristotorgersen 
@thestonemind
@kosuke_fujikura
Excited and pretty nervous to share the project that I’ve been working on for last year all over the world. In every possible way it was the hardest and most meaningful work I’ve ever done.. I’m extremely proud of what it turned into and I’m so so grateful for the amazing team that I got to work with. It will premiere on the @patagonia YouTube channel for free on the 27th at 5pm. Fuck yeah. @mikeylikesrocks @juliberryy @monikamcclure @alxlwthr @tylerstrickland @classy_jack @publishthequest @inheadlights @therealzoegirl @gymhe @mel_not_zoe @noah_keithley @miguelsclimbshop @mr.bigstrings @kulibarri @toddhannigan @kristotorgersen @thestonemind @kosuke_fujikura
Black lives matter
Black lives matter
It was a transformative experience getting to help tell @mightymight88's story. I'm really excited to share a film that in every way felt worth creating. Link in bio 🤓

Thank you so so much to the whole @camp4collective crew 
@timkemple 
@juliberryy 
@bchendrix
@tarakerzhner 
@elizleilani
@lazerlegs
It was a transformative experience getting to help tell @mightymight88's story. I'm really excited to share a film that in every way felt worth creating. Link in bio 🤓 Thank you so so much to the whole @camp4collective crew @timkemple @juliberryy @bchendrix @tarakerzhner @elizleilani @lazerlegs
I'm feeling pretty lucky reflecting on the experience getting to help tell Piseth's story. Her unflinching vulnerability creates waves. At a time when I was really struggling to find purpose in creating films, this one was worth it in every possible way.  I hope you can catch it tomorrow during the premiere @nomanslandfilmfestival. Huge thanks to the support from her wife Emily. Thanks @timkemple for all time time you have invested in me and for putting together such a rad crew. Thanks @juliberryy for spending so much time with me on the edit. 
Thanks team! 
@camp4collective
@mightymight88
@bchendrix 
@tarakerzhner 
@lazerlegs
Elizabeth Leilani
I'm feeling pretty lucky reflecting on the experience getting to help tell Piseth's story. Her unflinching vulnerability creates waves. At a time when I was really struggling to find purpose in creating films, this one was worth it in every possible way. I hope you can catch it tomorrow during the premiere @nomanslandfilmfestival. Huge thanks to the support from her wife Emily. Thanks @timkemple for all time time you have invested in me and for putting together such a rad crew. Thanks @juliberryy for spending so much time with me on the edit. Thanks team! @camp4collective @mightymight88 @bchendrix @tarakerzhner @lazerlegs Elizabeth Leilani
Lately I have been recognizing the power and importance of collaboration.. I am one who leans towards doing things by myself, especially in my work, without the help of anyone.. maybe it's me trying to navigate my way out of my insecurities by proving to myself that I have enough knowledge and skill to not have to rely on anyone else.. because asking for help would be cheating right?? I'm so excited to share a film that my partner, her brother, and their dear friends all created together. No one person is to blame for making something so unique and beautiful in their free time, but as a whole they came together and made this. I'm more excited than ever to harness the power of collaboration, just like they did, with my good friends and my incredible partner. Link in my profile to watch this rad film.
Lately I have been recognizing the power and importance of collaboration.. I am one who leans towards doing things by myself, especially in my work, without the help of anyone.. maybe it's me trying to navigate my way out of my insecurities by proving to myself that I have enough knowledge and skill to not have to rely on anyone else.. because asking for help would be cheating right?? I'm so excited to share a film that my partner, her brother, and their dear friends all created together. No one person is to blame for making something so unique and beautiful in their free time, but as a whole they came together and made this. I'm more excited than ever to harness the power of collaboration, just like they did, with my good friends and my incredible partner. Link in my profile to watch this rad film.
Feeling an enormous amount of gratitude that Choss Whisperer just got awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. Thanks so much @mikelibecki and @spenceymac for  making it all happen.
Feeling an enormous amount of gratitude that Choss Whisperer just got awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. Thanks so much @mikelibecki and @spenceymac for making it all happen.
Inner critic paralysis. "Why would someone want to watch it? It's too similar to what has already been done so many times. I shouldn't have messed up those drone settings. No one will hire me if they see this." Ultimately I have a huge powerful fear of failure, and I'm on the path towards unfucking that part of me. Here's a film that I only ever shared with a few people, and since then forgot about. The reality is that I did my very best, I learned a lot, experienced one of the most beautiful places on the planet, got to work with an amazing editor who I highly admire, and spent two weeks with a mentor who has helped redefine so much in my life. Thanks so much for all the people that keep nudging me to make things like this, and those who remind me that ultimately it is ok if one of these projects does 'fail'. My intention in sharing these words is to hopefully open up the conversation about creativity, as I'm finding out that I'm not totally alone in these insecurities that have nearly ended the story telling that I'm so passionate about. Thanks @mikelibecki for such a beautiful experience in the jungle. Thanks @spenceymac for so much hard work in the edit. Link in profile 🤓
Inner critic paralysis. "Why would someone want to watch it? It's too similar to what has already been done so many times. I shouldn't have messed up those drone settings. No one will hire me if they see this." Ultimately I have a huge powerful fear of failure, and I'm on the path towards unfucking that part of me. Here's a film that I only ever shared with a few people, and since then forgot about. The reality is that I did my very best, I learned a lot, experienced one of the most beautiful places on the planet, got to work with an amazing editor who I highly admire, and spent two weeks with a mentor who has helped redefine so much in my life. Thanks so much for all the people that keep nudging me to make things like this, and those who remind me that ultimately it is ok if one of these projects does 'fail'. My intention in sharing these words is to hopefully open up the conversation about creativity, as I'm finding out that I'm not totally alone in these insecurities that have nearly ended the story telling that I'm so passionate about. Thanks @mikelibecki for such a beautiful experience in the jungle. Thanks @spenceymac for so much hard work in the edit. Link in profile 🤓
Thank you, sweet @juliberryy for your ferocious yet deeply gentle love. You are by far the most special human I have ever met. Today is the 366th day that you have been in my life, it doesn't seem real.. I can't wait for all that we will continue to live through together. The smiles and the tears, the laughter and the frustration, the thoughtfulness and forgetfulness, I love every part of you // 📷 Juliet cloud riding on top of Timewave Zero, Mexico
Thank you, sweet @juliberryy for your ferocious yet deeply gentle love. You are by far the most special human I have ever met. Today is the 366th day that you have been in my life, it doesn't seem real.. I can't wait for all that we will continue to live through together. The smiles and the tears, the laughter and the frustration, the thoughtfulness and forgetfulness, I love every part of you // 📷 Juliet cloud riding on top of Timewave Zero, Mexico
Family. The definition of what that means in my life has changed so much over this past year. Before, I have struggled with the balance of family being very important to me, yet never making it a top priority. Though I have so so much love for my family, my climbing, my friends, my work, and my self-centeredness only allowed time for them when it was convenient. When I met Juliet, one of the first things I learned was how close she was with her family. The first few days I spent with her was so profound that it forever changed my relationship and closeness with my parents, brothers, and so many other people in my life.  What's more important in this world than the people that you hold closely? A few days ago Juliet's Dad passed away unexpectedly. I lack the ability to even begin to share how important he was to her and the rest of their big beautiful family, and how unbelievably saddened I am for their loss. The gravity of his love, affection, and thoughtfulness was a much stronger force than I ever knew. I have spent these past days laughing and crying as I sit and listen to hours and hours of stories and memories. Juliet's Mom, brothers, and sister have a GoFundMe set up to help with the transition into this next phase of their life without their Dad, the link is in my profile. Thank you so much Ulibarri family for showing me a new type of love, and allowing me to feel so comfortable, accepted, and supported. I love you all so much.
Family. The definition of what that means in my life has changed so much over this past year. Before, I have struggled with the balance of family being very important to me, yet never making it a top priority. Though I have so so much love for my family, my climbing, my friends, my work, and my self-centeredness only allowed time for them when it was convenient. When I met Juliet, one of the first things I learned was how close she was with her family. The first few days I spent with her was so profound that it forever changed my relationship and closeness with my parents, brothers, and so many other people in my life. What's more important in this world than the people that you hold closely? A few days ago Juliet's Dad passed away unexpectedly. I lack the ability to even begin to share how important he was to her and the rest of their big beautiful family, and how unbelievably saddened I am for their loss. The gravity of his love, affection, and thoughtfulness was a much stronger force than I ever knew. I have spent these past days laughing and crying as I sit and listen to hours and hours of stories and memories. Juliet's Mom, brothers, and sister have a GoFundMe set up to help with the transition into this next phase of their life without their Dad, the link is in my profile. Thank you so much Ulibarri family for showing me a new type of love, and allowing me to feel so comfortable, accepted, and supported. I love you all so much.
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