The Rope Guns

Filmmakers Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer have done the seemingly impossible: made climbing movies for the mainstream.

Nick Rosen (left) and Peter Mortimer     Photo: Photo by Jeff Lipsky. Styling by Michael Kucmeroski.

NICK ROSEN and PETER MORTIMER, the 36-year-old owners of Boulder, Colorado–based Sender Films, have done the seemingly impossible: made climbing movies for the mainstream. Since teaming up in 2006, the friends, who met while attending Colorado College, have focused on character-driven narratives rather than straight-up rock porn. The culmination of those efforts is First Ascent: The Series, a six-part series—available on DVD now and airing on the Travel Channel this winter—that includes a profile of free soloist Alex Honnold and the tragic story of friends Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade Johnson, who died last year on China's Mount Edgar. "What makes it great is the intensity," says Rosen. "But I don't know that we'll go rushing back out to repeat that." The pair are now working on a documentary about the history of climbing in Yosemite, due out next year.

On Rosen: Rugger twill plaid shirt ($125), Rugger flannel one-button blazer ($498), and Rugger vintage chinos ($138) by Gant (gant.com); Beartooth Hoody by SmartWool ($165; smartwool.com); sneakers his own

On Mortimer: Rugger wool cardigan ($165), Rugger yellow flannel shirt ($125), and Rugger corduroy trousers ($138) by Gant (gant.com); Kilauea shoe by OluKai ($150; olukai.com)

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