This is the second time I’ve worked with Bear (see Man vs Wild/Moab) and this time there wasn’t the need to portray the activity as “real” since this is “Bear’s World” and things are not what they seem. Bear is probably the most affable guy you could meet. In fact, he and his safety guy and stand-in David, were really quite fun to hang around with.
Tombstone Butte is about 350’ tall with difficult crack and aid climbing on sandy Entrada Sandstone and the real goal was for Bear to get on top–by any means necessary! Including by helicopter! So we see Bear with gear and with rope but thats about it. No partner, no belay, but oh well, imagery is the important thing here so stop analyzing it and enjoy!
Rock Riggers: David Pearce, Nate Martin, Scott Deputy, Nick Lewis. Key Rigger & Safety: Brett