Shout it from the mountaintops: The Travel Channel announced this week that it has picked up First Ascent, a six-episode climbing and adventure travel series from Boulder-based filmmaker Peter Mortimer and his crew at Sender Films. First Ascent, co-produced by National Geographic International, has been winning big on the festival circuit; exposure on The Travel Channel will now bring the series to millions of homes around the world. Mortimer and writer Nick Rosen will be on Last Call With Carson Daly to promote the show tomorrow night, and The Travel Channel will begin airing the series on Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m. (MST). Trailer and more info after the jump -- pack your parachute.
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The Travel Channel will air four back-to-back episodes on Thursday, starting with Episode 3, featuring Alex Honnold's free solo attempt on the 2,000-foot wall of Half Dome; Episode 5, featuring the final days and tragic end of climber Micah Dash, Boulder Adventure Film Festival founder Johnny Copp and Sender Films' own director, editor and cameraman Wade Johnson on China's Mount Edgar; Episode 6, featuring free solo climber/BASE jumper Dean Potter and Episode 1, featuring climber Chris Sharma.
From the press release:
"The series is our proudest achievement yet, a culmination of years of production, with story-telling 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."