Posted on: November 26, 2006
Producer: Jennifer Tennican
Editor: William Clack
Director of Photography: Matt Thurber
As Tom Callaghan puts it, "there is just one opportunity for someone to have a grand adventure"—to establish a new route—on a particular section of rock. Benedictus is the story of Tom's grand adventure on the 'Big Wall' section of Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire. Using an old aid line as a starting point, Tom sets out to forge a new free climb to the top of the cliff. This turns out to take seven years, but a sense of humor helps Tom keep things in perspective as partners drop out, injuries crop up, weather won't cooperate and bad luck just happens.