If there is one thing I’ve learned during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic it’s that there is an almost never ending list of shows, movies, and documentaries that most of us have never heard of. When you combine Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, CBS AllAccess, Apple TV+, Tubi, Crunchyroll, etc… there is most assuredly something for everyone (even the rock climbers).
Now of course we’ve all heard of such hits as Free Solo, The Dawn Wall, Meru, Vertical Limit, Cliff Hanger, and Reel Rock. But what I’ve done is sifted through the bottom dwellers on every streaming service out there to discover the lesser known titles. Titles you never knew you never wanted to watch. And trust me, you don’t.
So, without further ado adon’t here are Carrot’s Top Six Impossible to Find Rock Climbing Movies from The Bottom of The Barrel.
Freaky Thursday (Amazon Prime):
Single Pitch Climbing Route La Rambla and her teenage apprentice Margo couldn’t be more different, and it’s driving them both insane. After receiving cryptic fortunes at a Chinese restaurant, the two wake up the next day to discover they have somehow switched bodies. Unable to switch back, they are forced to masquerade as one another until a solution can be found. In the process they develop a new sense of respect and understanding for one another. A story of love, growth and respect filled with hijinks for the whole family. (Google Synopsis)
Undercover Juggalo (Netflix):
High-level rock climbers leave the isolation of their vans and secretly take on jobs at ‘The Gathering of The Juggalos’ in order to discover what community and “family” truly means. This scintillating reality series utilizes hidden cameras to provide an authentic view of climbers’ journeys as they are immersed in day-to-day operations of Juggalos. In the process of this undercover mission, they learn of the perceptions of their climbing, the spirit of teamwork, and in the end, something about themselves. (Google Synopsis)
Angel on Belay (ABC Family):
Foster kid Kylie loves her climbing team (Blue Crush), even though they are the worst team in the region. Her estranged dad promises to reunite the family if Kylie makes it to Nationals, so Kylie decides to ask for some Divine help, and prays that her pinch strength can turn things around. Soon, a real angel named Al shows up in response to Kylie’s prayers, and the hopeless Blue Crush coach is shocked to see his team on a winning streak. A family comedy so divine it will have you singing praises. (Google Synopsis)
The Floor is LAVA– Extreme Add-On (Hulu):
Adam O.is a soldier in the Czech Foreign Legion, serving abroad in East Africa. But after his brother is cruelly murdered, Adam deserts his assignment and travels to the United States to help his widowed sister-in-law who is now struggling to care for her children. But the job market is tough, so Adam O. takes his hand-to-hand combat skills into the brutal world of Extreme Add-On. Anyone can play add-on when the floor is mat, but when you’re climbing in an active volcano…The Floor isLAVA! Extreme Add-On, where the paydays are nearly as big as the risks. (Google Synopsis)
Love on the Slopes (Hallmark):
Alex, a copy editor from New York, is sent to an extreme sports outpost to write a story for a travel writing competition. Cole, a sports enthusiast and climbing instructor, reluctantly agrees to be Alex’s guide as she faces her fears. Alex who sets out to find a story about conquering trepidation, ends up finding herself, her spirit of adventure, and the most extreme discovery of all…LOVE! If you really want to conquer your fears, you have to take the leap! Love on the Slopes is what happens when you let down your guard and allow another to climb into your heart! (Google Synopsis)
Yama no Susume (Crunchyroll):
Aoi Yukimura is a quiet girl who prefers staying indoors and is afraid of heights. When she reunites with her childhood friend Hinata Kuraue, who is outgoing and loves mountaineering, they decide to climb a mountain together, in order to see a sunrise they saw together when they were younger. Along the way, they meet several other girls who are also interested in the outdoors and begin a series of adventures on various mountains across Japan. (Wikipedia Synopsis)
Honorable mention: Knot Steven Seagal (Disney+)
This is just Steven Seagal showing people how to tie different safety knots.
Editors Note: Two of these are real (Love on the Slopes and Yama no Susume), the others are crafted from actual movies mixed with the inner workings of Carrot’s brain. If however anyone would like to bring these beautiful musings into existence please contact us for the full screenplay.