A feature-length, biographical drama on the life of extreme sport athlete, Dan Osman, titled After the Fall, is in the works.

“The film seeks to tell Osman’s story via the people in his life; from his restrictive upbringing to the pressures brought on by the media and fame, to protecting his bohemian lifestyle from the crushing weight of domestication. The story is presented in a nonlinear narrative, cutting back and forth between the weeks leading up to Osman’s death and his decade-long free fall that ended in his controversial arrest and imprisonment by the National Park Service,” – After the Fall website, visit it here.

“The edge … there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” – Hunter S. Thompson

In 1997, Osman made the first ascent of Ride the Lightning 5.10, A4, WI3 on Middle Triple Peak, Kichatna Mountains, Alaska, with Kitty Calhoun, Steve Gerberding and Jay Smith. He is best known for his radical solos, such as his speed solo of Bear’s Reach 5.7, at Lover’s Leap, 130 metres in four minuntes, 25 seconds; and The Gun Club, 5.12c, New River Gorge.

He appeared in the Masters of Stone series, free soloing Atlantis 5.11+, on The Sorcerer in The Needles, and Airy Interlude 5.10b, on The Witch, also in Needles. During one scene, he takes a 60-metre fall for fun in Yosemite, and in another he on-sight free-solos Bolder Display of Power, 5.11.


Dan Osman free soloing Photo Screen caption

“In 1989, while attempting a new route on a difficult overhanging rock face, climber Dan Osman fell. Again and again, protected by the rope, he fell. He decided then that it would not be in climbing but in falling that he would embrace his fear–bathe in it, as he says, and move beyond it,” – Fall of the Phantom Lord, Climbing and the Face of Fear (a 1999 book about Osman, written by Andrew Todhunter.)

Dan Osman jumaring  Photo Chris Noble

Dan Osman jumaring Photo Chris Noble

Osman is best known for pioneering the sport of rope jumping (controlled free falls.) During a rope jump from Yosemite’s Leaning Tower on Nov. 23, 1998, at 35 years old, his rope failed and he fell to his death. The rope failure was investigated and a number of causes were given: a change in jump site angle probably caused the ropes to cross and entangle, leading to the rope cutting by melting, the ropes had been exposed to a month of weather, from rain and snow to high temperatures.

Very few details are known about the feature-length film, After the Fall, that is in production, but there is no doubt it is highly anticipated. In the mean time, here is a tribute video from Masters of Stone V.


1 Comment

  • David Dornian says:

    I was just coming out of a story meeting when the search engine found this notice. The project will be heading into the financing phase soon. $10K and you get a credit. $100K and you can stunt double for the jumps. Or play Dano’s girlfriend. 🙂 Be in touch.