ASSAULT ON EL CAPITAN tells the story of rock climber Ammon McNeely and his second ascent of the most controversial climb in American history. Widely known as the most difficult route up the Yosemite monolith, "Wings of Steel" is part legend and part myth. The first ascent team climbed for 39 days, and the result—death threats, physical assaults and a slander campaign—polarized the Yosemite climbing community for over thirty years. A second ascent was finally made over thirteen days, 500 feet of falls, a dislocated shoulder and more than one breakdown. This documentary combines thrilling climbing footage with interviews with the first ascent team, their detractors, climbing historians and some of the best-known climbers in the world including McNeely, Kait Barber, Hans Florine, Steve Grossman, Peter Haan, Richard Jensen, Ron Kauk, Eric Kohl, Chris McNamara, Gabe McNeely, Mark Smith and Ken Yager. The truth about Wings of Steel and the four people on earth who have climbed it can finally be told.
Topics: Journeys, Hiking, Nature, Yosemite, Rock Climbing, Injury, Controversy, History, American History