World Of Firsts

It seems like these days, any feature film with a star-studded cast passes as a solid movie. It might be void of any real plot or storyline, but you watch it because you recognize the names on the poster. Chuck Fryberger's CORE ($39.95, chuckfryberger.com) breaks the mold by following climbing's A-listers on individual journeys to go "to the heart of climbing." Primarily focusing on bouldering, the film works through biographical vignettes about each climber. From Fred Nicole's bouldering/sport climbing crossover super-route, to math-whiz Matt Wilder's 5.14 trad route, CORE gives the viewer a peek into what drives our superstars to climb harder, and in turn, push the sport further. As the first climbing flick ever to be shot in Blu Ray, it boasts Ultra High Definition, which keeps the action realistic and enthralling. With plenty of first-ascent footage and advanced video technology, CORE is on the cutting edge of the sport and how it will be documented.

—Julie Ellison

DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

Adventure photography couldn't be simpler. At least that's how Michael Clark makes it seem in his how-to book Adventure Photography: Capturing the World of Outdoor Sports

($24.95, larkbooks.com). The 15-year veteran has shot everything from yoga to surfing to expedition races, and in this book documents every detail of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of each sport. The detailed descriptions of his photographic equipment and outdoor gear, down to the water bottle and pen, are super helpful, and he covers every aspect of adventure photography from beginning to end. For all this, the 200-plus-page, full-size, full-color book is more like a coffee table art book than an instructional manual. With bonus interviews with photographer Corey Rich and photo editor Sabine Meyer, it's a must for anyone who is remotely interested in adventure photography. —JE

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