Marc-André Leclerc was one of Canada’s leading alpinists who pushed the limits on some of the world’s most famous mountains. He was a leading free-soloist, trad climber and pushed 5.14 on El Capitan.
The Alpinist features Leclerc soloing routes like the Emperor Face on Mount Robson, steep mixed climbs on the Stanley Headwall, and the Northeast Buttress on Slesse in winter. The film is produced by Red Bull Media House in association with Sender Films.
It features Leclerc, Brette Harrington, Alex Honnold, Reinhold Messner, Barry Blanchard, Bernadette McDonald and many others. We had the chance to screen the film at the Canadian premiere in Squamish, read the review here.
Marc-André Leclerc climbs alone, far from the limelight. On remote alpine faces, the free-spirited 23-year-old Canadian makes some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet, he draws scant attention. With no cameras, no rope, and no margin for error, Leclerc’s approach is the essence of solo adventure. Nomadic and publicity shy, he doesn’t own a phone or car, and is reluctant to let a film crew in on his pure vision of climbing. Veteran filmmaker Peter Mortimer (The Dawn Wall) sets out to make a film about Leclerc but struggles to keep up with his elusive subject. Then, Leclerc embarks on a historic adventure in Patagonia that will redefine what is possible in solo climbing.”