Hard Rock: the film

Posted by Alex Messenger on 09/11/2016

BMC TV has teamed up with Hot Aches Productions to create a new film to celebrate the life of Ken Wilson and his uber-classic Hard Rock book. Here's how you can watch it.

Many books have been written about British climbing, but one stands head-and-shoulders above the rest: the iconic Hard Rock, compiled by Ken Wilson. It might have first hit the shelves in 1974, but this feast of climbing literature has weathered the following years as easily as a granite crag.

Over 40 years on, the routes lovingly described by the bold first ascentionists are often still the highlights of any trad climber’s year: The Bat, Totalitarian, The Old Man of Hoy, A Dream of White Horses, Diagonal, Vector, Valkyrie, Sirplum to name but some. These 61 routes share 173 gleaming stars and all perfectly capture that unique feeling of British climbing adventure.

Hard Rock has now outlived Ken, who died this summer. His death left a hole in the climbing community, but his legacy will continue to shape British climbing.

READ: Ken Wilson, Mountain Man

Now, to celebrate the life of Ken Wilson (1941 – 2016), BMC TV teamed up with Hot Aches Productions to release this new film. Featuring never-seen-before interview footage with Ken describing just why he was so passionate about British trad climbing, reconstructions of his early climbing adventures and Steve McClure, Calum Muskett and Michaela Tracey climbing three iconic routes, this film is a 20-minute trad treat.

(Well. We say 20 minutes, but it’s actually 19:41 long)

How to watch Hard Rock?

Hard Rock premiered at Kendal Mountain Festival 2016 to a welcoming audience. We showed the film twice in the Basecamp and once during BMC TV’s excitingly off-the-wall event Breakfast Club. The crowds laughed and gasped in all the right places and cheered and clapped when the credits rolled; we count that as winning!

If you missed it at Kendal, don't worry, we've got a special Xmas pressie for you. Every BMC member will be emailed an exclusive invite to watch it online over Christmas.

Check out our other film that premiered at Kendal: The Bothy Project

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The Hard Rock tick tee for all fans of classic lines. 

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1) Anonymous User
15/11/2016
Being a bit nit-picky here and I'm sure the film is fab but...
Totalitarian isn't in Hard Rock - it has however been suggested as the most suitable replacement for the now defunct Deer Bield Buttress.
If I remember correctly, there are 60, not 61 routes in Hard Rock.
2) Anonymous User
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Please put the 'Hard Rock - Ken Wilson' film on DVD.
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