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Psycho Vertical

Year: 2018

Genre: Biopic, Documentary, Sport

Duration: 75 mins

Starring: Andy Kirkpatrick

Director: Jen Randall



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Psycho Vertical explores the intricate mind of Andy Kirkpatrick, a world-class climber and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires, identities and responsibilities, inspired by his best-selling autobiography of the same name.

Firmly grounded by his impoverished upbringing in 1970s Hull, Andy is filled with grand ideas of discovering who he is and what exactly hes made of. Spurred on by his fathers absence and translated into ascents of some of the worlds most dangerous alpine routes, hes compelled to share his chaotic personal life and make audiences crumple with laughter on stage, and tests himself alone on some of the worlds longest and most difficult climbs.

Exploring his past, his present and his motivation for pushing himself to the extreme, we follow Andy on an 18-day ascent of El Capitan, where life on the mountain wall is precarious, tough and lonely.