“Home Crag” spotlights Olympic medalist Nathaniel Coleman and the conservation of climbing resources in Salt Lake City’s Little Cottonwood Canyon
Salt Lake City, UT — On January 12, 2022, Gnarly Nutrition will host an in-person premiere of its latest film, “Home Crag,” at The Front Climbing Club’s downtown location. On January 13, “Home Crag” will be available to watch online.
On June 25, 2021, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) released two transportation proposals to address winter traffic congestion in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC). One would construct the world’s longest gondola to carry riders to the top of the canyon and the other would widen the road by adding bus-only shoulder lanes. The gondola and buses would service only ski resorts at the top of the canyon and would not stop at climbing areas.
“Let’s preserve the incredible beauty of LCC with less costly and lower impact transportation solutions, such as increased public transit without road widening, that serve all canyon users,” said Julia Geisler.
Little Cottonwood’s climbing dates as far back as 1961, when Ted Wilson and Bob Stout established the first documented route at The Gate Buttress. Both of UDOT’s proposals threaten iconic roadside bouldering resources and will impact the overall climbing experience in LCC – a canyon that has and continues to forge the character of Salt Lake City’s climbing community.
“Little Cottonwood Canyon is a special climbing area with a rich history and incredible access,” said Pitt Grewe, Director of the Utah Division of Recreation. “The combination of high quality climbing, quick access near a large city, and continued investment from the state to improve access and safety truly make it a premier climbing area in the country.”
Gnarly Nutrition’s “Home Crag,” filmed and edited by Headlamp Studios, features rock climber and Olympic medalist Nathaniel Coleman, Salt Lake Climber Alliance’s Executive Director Julia Geisler and USA Climbing’s CEO Marc Norman. “Home Crag” illuminates the three unified perspectives on why the rock climbing in LCC deserves protection, and illustrates why the canyon is like none other.
“As the deadline for decision comes closer for Little Cottonwood, I hope this film can inspire the users and stewards of the canyon to stand up in a big way,” said Nathaniel Coleman. “The Wasatch Range offers so much inspiration to its patrons. Let’s show our appreciation and respect for it by protecting Little Cottonwood and the historic climbing it holds.”
Nathaniel Coleman, Julia Geisler and the Executive Director of the Access Fund, Chris Winter, a national advocacy group that fights to keep climbing areas open and to conserve climbing resources, will all be attending the in-person film premiere on January 12. They will be on a panel for a live Q&A following the second screening of the 12-minute film. All are encouraged to attend the event.
“One of Gnarly Nutrition’s company beliefs is environmental sustainability,” said Gnarly Nutrition CEO Eli Kerr. “Whether it’s transitioning our packaging from plastic tubs to steel tins, or standing up for conservation issues like the development project in Little Cottonwood Canyon, we’re constantly striving to improve the sustainability of our Salt Lake City community, and the planet.”
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