Splitter is an ôAlpine Rockumentaryö chronicling first and fast ascents in the most remote mountain ranges on earth. Splitter combines humor, excitement, and a killer soundtrack as Jonathan and fellow climbers Mike Pennings, Josh Wharton, Dylan Taylor, and Brooke Andrews scale towering rock walls in Patagonia, Pakistan, and the Northwest Territories. It was shot by world-class climber Jonathan Copp, and edited by Filmmaker Russ Holcomb.
Daunting mountain faces, furious weather, first ascents, friendships, nightmares and daydreams. The Splitter Movie project has been gaining momentum for over three years now. The adventures it brings to life are historic, panoramic and human. Three stories connected by a common thread. The thread is a minimalist approach to climbing into the unknown, where an 'expedition' can consist of two friends and the fiery ember of a dream. A feature documentary that chronicles three journeys and invokes the full spectrum of life's emotions that arise from the pursuit of distant summits.
The three trips that 'Splitter' documents:
A successful expedition into Pakistan's Karakoram Range with Michael Pennings and Jonathan Copp. This includes outrageous summit footage from Shipton Spire, Hainibrak Tower and the Cat's Ear Spire, third world bureaucracy, treacherous descents, and insight into the lives of Balti mountain people. And of course Mike's unassailable grin is ever present, even through the worst of situations.
The trip into the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the Yukon takes us up toward the Arctic Circle where a fortress of impossible looking walls and towers rises against foreboding skies. Among other unforgettable scenes, this footage finds Timmy O'Neill and Jonny Copp high on Bustle Tower, an international brigade of folks grumbling in the notoriously wet Fairy Meadows base camp, and Josh Wharton and Jon Copp free climbing the Original Route on Mount Proboscis before completing a new route on Parrot Beak Peak in a single push.
And finally, a journey into Patagonia in search of unclimbed faces. Storms blowing in off the ice cap, rock fall, forced bivouacs and the arduous approaches of this final segment brings the film to a climax on the surfboard summit of Aguja Poincenot after the first ascent of Southern Cross (VI, 5.11, A1, 3500ft.