Saturday, April 25 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel
From the network behind Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, Africa and North America, Discovery Channel presents Elevation Weekend, taking viewers to rarely seen, striking destinations, following men and women on their journey to conquer the elements. A weekend of epic documentaries, Elevation Weekend documents new conflicts and obstacles as well as reflects on the history of heroic expeditions and how they inform modern explorations.
Elevation Weekend commences with the premiere of the award-winning documentary, Valley Uprising, on Saturday, April 25 at 8 PM ET/PT. Valley Uprising explores the stories of those who pushed the limits of what’s possible at Yosemite Valley, CA, going beyond the risk and commitment over the span of 50 years as rock climbing evolved from a group of self-reliant, bold mountain men who took months and years to scale the peaks of Half Dome and El Capitan into the sports of aid climbing, free climbing, speed climbing and freebase climbing, where both legendary peaks could be scaled in a single day, leading to today's extreme sports that include BASE jumping.
“Elevation Weekend, an all-new annual television event, will continue to reestablish Discovery’s commitment as the destination to better understand and celebrate nature” said Rich Ross, president of Discovery Channel.
“Valley Uprising will take viewers to places of tremendous natural beauty they will otherwise never experience in their lifetime," said John Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials. “This extraordinary film tells the story of how Yosemite became ground zero for generations of rock climbers and the proving grounds for the sport's elite.
Yosemite is known to many as the mecca of climbing, attracting modern climbing sensations Alex Honnold, Dean Potter and Tommy Caldwell as well as legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Jim Bridwell, Yvon Chouinard and Royal Robbins. Valley Uprising explores the counter-culture sport through the stories of those who were there from the very beginning to now, as rock climbing has evolved from its origins in the free-wheeling ‘60s culture of sex, drugs, and rock and roll to a modern sport that, while retaining its wild spirit, features some of our nation’s best athletes. These are not just climbers but storytellers who have called Yosemite Valley home and know every nook and cranny of its huge stone cliffs, devising every possible way to climb each one, as each generation pushed the boundaries set by its predecessors. Valley Uprising was awarded the grand prize at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival.