Join MLI for a screening of “Assault on El Capitan” the story of the long awaited second ascent of the most controversial climb in Yosemite history, “Wings of Steel”. Ammon McNeely & Mark Smith will be present for a Q&A session after the film.Portland, OR: April 16 Buy Tickets Hood River, OR: April 17 Buy Tickets
In July of 2011, 42 year old Ammon McNeely and Kait Barber, his 22 year old his girlfriend, set out to climb the never repeated route of Wings of Steel on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Wings sat unclimbed since the first ascent by Mark Smith and Richard Jensen in 1982. Shrouded in controversy and with a bounty waiting for the second ascent team, there seemed to be no better person to climb it than Ammon. But was Kait the best choice for a partner? This climb would test of their ability and their relationship.
Logging over 500 feet of falls, a dislocated shoulder and more than one breakdown, Ammon presses on up the wall. Kait sits anxiously on a portaledge watching the person she loves suffer fall after fall. For 13 days Ammon and Kait fight on and up.
The story of Wings of Steel is part legend and part myth. The first ascent team spent 39 days climbing the controversial route. The result – death threats, physical assaults and a slander campaign that polarized the Yosemite climbing community for over 30 years. Combined with footage shot during their ascent and told through interviews with the first ascent team, their detractors, climbing historians and Ammon and Kait, the truth about the most controversial climb in Yosemite history is finally told.
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