Ok, maybe its because I’m a parent now (or maybe not) but something about this film of teenage climbing phenom Kai Lightner and his incredibly supportive mother really struck a chord with me. Ostensibly, this is a film about Lightner’s rise in climbing, but really its about a mother son relationship. Just try to watch this without being moved by Kai’s Mother’s devotion.
As a side note — Lightner is another example of the rise of the kid climber. Tiny hands? Strength to weight ratios? Fearlessness? I’m not sure what is driving this trend, but its interesting to see it develop. Are we headed for a world like gymnastics, where the most famous climbers will all be children?