Eric Jones has participated in some of the world’s most dangerous sports – with a parachute he has jumped off buildings and bridges and made the first cliff jump off the Eiger North Face and then Angel Falls in Venezuela. He was part of a team who flew a hot air balloon over Mount Everest but his ultimate dream was to climb the notorious North Wall of the Eiger alone. Eric had already soloed the North Faces of the Matterhorn & the Piz Badille as well as the second ever solo of the Bonatti Pillar on the Dru.
Filming Eric on the Eiger was almost as great a challenge. Leo Dickinson has to be lowered from a helicopter to Death Bivouac, high on the mountain to film Eric’s progress. EIGER SOLO also traces the history of this somber face including the early pre-war attempts that gave the mountain its terrible reputation. The climax of the film recreates John Harlin’s five thousand foot fall during the winter ascent of the Eiger Direct in 1966. But the star of Leo’s film is Eric Jones, the modest Welsh climber who shuns publicity but is regarded by his peers as Britain’s most successful solo climber. Winner of the following film festival awards
Canada, Banff – Best Mountaineering film
Italy, Trento – Best Mountaineering film
Spain, San Sebastian – Best Film Mountain Sports
UK, Kendal – Best Film
USA, Telluride – Best Mountaineering film
USA, Gravity Sports – Grand Prize
Directed & Filmed by Leo Dickinson
Written by Audrey Salkeld.