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The Movie Screen Project

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
For the first time, BD employee Tyler Willcutt attempts a project outside of where he’s living, inspired by The Movie Screen Project in Summersville Lake. He learns how a single route and even a single move can make you feel obsessed and leave you wanting more.
Video: Colette McInerney

After trying The Movie Screen Project I extended my trip for three weeks in West Virginia with the worst weather the locals had seen in a decade. Snow, rain and hail only allowed me to climb three days in the three extra weeks. I was wrecked mentally, out of money and out of psyche. On my last day of the trip, after all hope was lost, I went to remove my draws. I started climbing, in the bitter cold with pale skin, and found myself setting up for the dyno once more. I jumped and stuck the hold. For the first time ever, The Movie Screen Project's dyno had been sent from the ground. I immediately was flushed with nervous energy. Only one more boulder problem stood between me and the anchor. I went into autopilot. I do the boulder, I grab the anchor jug, I come in to match with a big smile on my face and my foot slips. I fell out of the clipping jug. I felt cheated. I was so close to having what I wanted–sending this route that made me spend some dark days in the backwoods of West Virginia. I had a flight the next day to Salt Lake City, which landed me the Sports Marketing Coordinator position at Black Diamond. I haven't gone back.

Climbing can consume you. A single route and even a single move can make you obsessed. I walked away not sending The Movie Screen Project, but I learned a lot of things about myself. Here's to always doing something that totally consumes you, no matter what it is.

—Tyler Willcutt