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Surface Tension - Soloing in Vivian Quarry Video

© Peter Herd

In this short film, Andy Moles takes on some Vivian Quarry knee-shakers above the dark water. Andy cleans and inspects lines such as Dope on a Rope (E5 6a) and I Ran the Bath (E7 6b) and contemplates the climbs in an interesting interview.

The film was inspired by Ricky Bell's topsoff4power films, which filmmaker Peter Herd describes as 'celebrating places and people as they happen.' Peter hadn't seen Andy for a while and was keen to catch up, but also to enjoy a relaxed opportunity to be a fly on the wall whilst Andy was soloing.

Peter told UKC: 'The people and places bring the climbing to life. If I was going to commit any time to making wee films, I felt I should try to convey that. Although part of me felt the urge to make something snappy that might get me some followers on my new Instagram account, I also squirmed at the notion of a forced agenda or a false tempo. I just wanted to convey what was going on.

'Andy's lyrical fluency doesn't require an introduction and it felt remiss not to colour the pictures with some words, so I just pushed record whilst we chatted over a cup of tea. The blackbirds did the rest. It was a fun project and I'm feeling pretty inspired to make some more.'

Pete's a keen climber who also offers training, coaching and guiding in Scotland and North Wales.

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30 Jun, 2020

So awesome! Best climbing film I've seen since Caff on Rathlin Effect. Just the right amount of spiel from Andy, he comes across as a really cool, considered guy. It occurred to me it's not often you get over 10 minutes of unbroken climbing porn in films like this - it was so ace to just watch moves without there having to be any kind of story arc or character development to distract from the obvious beauty of the place

1 Jul, 2020

Glad you enjoyed it Joe.

1 Jul, 2020

Good name, good film. Finally something resembling real life. Keep it up!!

Well done chaps.

1 Jul, 2020

Lovely stuff. Nice one Pete - you really captured something great there, both the climbing and Andy’s lovely chattering.

Nice one Andy - those routes look Becky even though you say they ease off at height on the harder ones. Still looked terrifying from where I sat.

2 Jul, 2020

Thanks C, Duncan,

Glad it chimed with you. Will do my best to keep up the realness.

Pete

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