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Climbing on TV! First Ascent series airing Nov 4th
Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Nov 2, 2010

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The Travel Channel has picked up ground-breaking documentary series 'First Ascent' for U.S. television from adventure filmmakers Sender Films, marking the first series dedicated to rock climbing ever to be aired on U.S. television.

'First Ascent' will begin airing on The Travel Channel (95 million homes) on November 4th at 9 pm EST (7-9 MT) as four back-to-back episodes in a two-hour block, then will repeat immediately after. The entire six episode series will be regularly scheduled through the remainder of 2010 and into next year.

A co-production with Sender Films and National Geographic International, 'First Ascent' includes six wild episodes that tell the stories from the cutting edge of climbing. These episodes include Alex Honnold’s mind-blowing free solo of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, Dean Potter’s latest and wildest attempts to merge climbing and BASE jumping, and the tragic tale of Jonny Copp and Micah Dash’s final expedition to the big mountains of China.

"The series is our proudest achievement yet, a culmination of years of production, with storytelling and cinematography that take our work to a new level," said Nick Rosen of Sender Films, "It’s also the first of its kind to be broadcast on television worldwide."

According to Cathryn Garland, The Travel Channel’s Head of Acquisitions, “‘First Ascent’ is one of the most visually stunning, jaw-dropping adventure-travel series we’ve ever seen. We knew we had to have it.”

'First Ascent’ has already aired in over 100 countries around the world, including on National Geographic Channels in Europe, Asia and Latin America, BBC in Scandinavia, and Red Bull Media in Germany.

Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen of Sender Films will be appearing on Last Call with Carson Daly on late Wednesday night, Nov 3 to promote the airing with a behind the scenes look at the 'First Ascent' series.

The complete First Ascent Series DVD Box Set is available at

About Sender Films:

Sender Films is an award winning production company that creates world-renowned climbing/mountaineering and adventure sports films. The company balances action with storytelling, and spectacular footage with compelling characters to create critically acclaimed documentaries. Popular films such as “The Sharp End” and “King Lines” have sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide, garnered numerous international film festival awards, won a sports Emmy and been hailed as groundbreaking films of their genre.
Over the past couple years, Sender Films has produced the six-part series 'First Ascent' with National Geographic International, as well as creating adventure film segments for US TV networks such as NBC, The Weather Channel and Outside TV. Their shows have been met with critical and ratings successes, helping to prove that audiences are hungry for the emerging genre of cutting-edge climbing and adventure-sports content.

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By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Nov 2, 2010
Yes!!! Thank god for HD-DVRs!!!
By scottydo
From: ventura, ca
Nov 3, 2010
Hell yeah! I've been waiting for this to air here ever since I read about it a while ago!
By Bob Robinson
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Nov 3, 2010
The episode "Alone on the Wall" with Alex Honnold is the best of the series IMO. The other episodes are mostly recycled footage from "The Sharp End" and "Progression".

The episode about Copp and Dash was very moving, but it's really hard for me to watch again....
By cjdrover
From: Watertown, MA
Nov 3, 2010
Have to disagree with you Bob - only two of the episodes (#3, "The Impossible Climb" and #6 "Fly or Die") feature footage from previous films. The remaining four are all new.
By Evan S
From: Erie, CO
Nov 3, 2010
A regular show about rock climbing on a channel other than RSN? Sweet. I miss you RSN.
By Stever
From: Squamish, BC
Nov 3, 2010
What about us Canadians? Where can we view the series?
By Bjorn
From: Leadvegas, CO
Nov 3, 2010
A Canadian who wants to watch something other than a hockey game? Weeeired.
By Chris Horton
From: Tucson AZ
Nov 4, 2010
I just saved $50!
By Jeremy Stocks
From: Golden, CO
Nov 4, 2010
On your car insurance?
By Kishen Mangat
Nov 4, 2010
Congrats, Peter and Nick! You make us proud!
By Aaron Costello
From: Rapid City, SD
Nov 4, 2010
Someone please tell me they actually saw this broadcast. In SD it seems they prefer to show continuous man vs. food, regardless of what the travel channel online guide shows.
By Chase Roskos
From: Golden, CO
Nov 4, 2010
Saw it. Replaying again in a half hour. Probably going to watch it again, too.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Nov 5, 2010
Good program. Great footage. Well done on almost prime-time TV.
Seems like royalties are in order for the new film stars.
By G8rFtBall Dodek
Nov 5, 2010
Last night's shows were amazing. I wish we could start a movement for the Sender Channel on Comcast!

The show about the ill-fated China expedition was especially well done. Congrats to Sender for bringing this story to the public. A few Daily Camera articles didn't do it any justice.

What kind of fate is that when someone makes the safe decision to back down and is swept away anyway? Weird world we live in....
By Joe C
From: Boston, MA
Nov 6, 2010
I picked a really great time to not have cable! I'm so close to just buying it....
By Tony T.
From: Denver, CO
Nov 8, 2010
For those of us who missed it, but still have cable, where the heck is there any info about the show on Travel Channel's website?!

I'm finding squat, and I'm fully capable of using the search feature. I've also tried finding it in my Comcast guide search, but nothing!

Any advice? =(

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