Here’s the latest on the movie, GORGING
Here’s part of an email I got from Brian Olliver a couple of days ago:MIKE: Wanted to follow up in regards to our phone call a few weeks back…I mentioned that our film [GORGING] is for sale in digital copy. Anyone interested in buying a digital copy (only $9.99) can visit the homepage of our website – http://gorgingmovie.com/July 30,2015.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
GORGING PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2014
GORGING is now available for digital download at www.GORGINGmovie.com.
We had an exceptionally memorable screening at the Big Bear International Film Festival… Gorging won ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Audience Award: Big Bear Connection.’ We’re thrilled and honored to have been involved in the festival and to have received these prestigious awards.Gorging takes a bold look at canyoneering, the sport of exploring canyons by means of hiking, swimming, climbing and rappelling. Featuring four protagonists, Mike Kelsey, Dennis Turville, Rich Carlson and Steve Caborne, each distinct perspective sheds light on this unique outdoor adventure.
Blue John Canyon & the Black Hole
On June 24th & 25, 2010, Jeremy Miller and I went down the Squeeze Fork of Blue John Canyon all the way to where Aron Ralston got trapped by a chokestone as shown in the movie, 127 Hours. That particular spot had changed due to floods in the 8 years since Aron was there. After that, we exited the canyon by climbing up the Main Fork of Blue John–which is a little more difficult than going down. We then headed for White Canyon east of Hite and the north end of Lake Powell. There we went down through the Black Hole which is one of the better adventures in canyoneering today. It’s just difficult enough to be pure fun. Click on the link below for a slide show of our canyon trips put together by Jeremy Miller and someone from the High Country News. — MRK
Gorging–A documentary about Canyoneering
Going back to December 7, 2005, a guy named Brian Olliver approached me by email and told of a project he was just beginning. His first statement was, “I’m a documentary filmmaker, and I’m working on a project involving canyoneering… ” At the time, some things about his proposal were a little fuzzy because it was still in the early planning stages. After several emails, we hooked up and started doing canyons together. To date, we’ve gone through 15 or 20 canyons or more together; plus there was 2 days of shooting with all 4 of the heros in the film going together through a couple of canyons. That was interesting! The 4 of us were like the 4 different directions of a compass; but it was fun. Some trips were just with Brian and I; other trips were with one or two other companions. Anyway, after some really neat canyons, all of which were shot with a movie/video camera, Brian has hundreds of hours of film/video of our adventures. He also has hiked and worked with 3 other canyoneers who bring different points of view of the sport to the table. Finally, and with the coming of the movie, 127 Hours, featuring Aron Ralston and his ordeal in Blue John Canyon (in the Robbers Roost Country of southeastern Utah), Brian is presently editing hundreds of hours of video which will end up as an hour & 20 minute documentary on the sport of Canyoneering. He promises to have it completed later this year, 2012. He’s calling it Gorging and has come out with a trailer to introduce his project; he’s also trying to take advantage of the attention 127 Hours has brought to the general public.
Click on a link below to view Brian’s trailer.
Blue John Canyon and the movie, “127 Hours”
It may be of interest to anyone who has followed the experiences of Aron Ralston—his long entrapment in Blue John Canyon, cutting off his lower arm to escape, and the recent movie 127 Hours documenting his ordeal—that it was Michael R. Kelsey’s 4th Edition of the Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau*, where Aron learned about Blue John Canyon. Though the book is not mentioned by name in the movie, a copy of it is used in the movie’s scene where “Aron” makes a photocopy of the map of Blue John Canyon from the book. Incidentally, the copy of Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau used in the movie was a gift from Michael to the production company—apparently Aron’s original copy was too beat up to be used in the movie.
Some small facts: As of late of 2010 Blue John Canyon has flooded several times, bringing in new debris and rearranging boulder locations. In the movie 127 Hours, the scene of Aron’s misery was re-created in the Granite Furniture warehouse/factory in the Sugarhouse district of Salt Lake City.
*The complete hiking directions to Blue John Canyon can be found in 3 of Michael R. Kelsey’s books:
Non-Technical Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau, 6th Edition
Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau, 2nd Edition
Hiking & Exploring Utah’s Henry Mountains and Robbers Roost, 3rd Edition
Utah Valley Magazine
Recently, and in a short article, the Utah Valley Magazine featured 3 mountain climbers from Utah County: