Great Wide Open: A Review of the Documentary Series

Blessed are those who live out their dreams. That’s the difference between listening to the knock on the door and going to answer it.

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Jared Leto’s new documentary series, Great Wide Open, chronicles what he calls “the great adventure” of his life. Leto joins professional rock climbers in a breathtaking look at the wild places in our nation, and those who explore them. Great Wide Open combines beautiful cinematography and the camaraderie of adventure with an honest exploration of the question,

What does it mean to be a climber?

Leto jumps right into the world of climbing, learning the basics while thousands of feet off the floor of Yosemite Valley, silhouetted against the setting sun. His willingness to embrace the unknown is inspirational, reflecting some of the deepest held values of our sport.

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Great Wide Open takes a sobering look at personal growth, the relationship between climbers and death, and the American Dream. Professional climbers Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold, Renan Ozturk, and Sasha DiGiulian offer heartfelt commentary on some of climbing’s most powerful subjects. From Yosemite Valley to Yellowstone, the Tetons, and Devil’s Tower, the series highlights the best our National Parks have to offer.

By focusing on more than the physical act of touching rocks, Jared Leto has created a bold new piece of climbing media. Great Wide Open does more than just inspire us to climb, it dares us to live brightly. In the words of Alex Honnold,

Everybody’s time will be cut short at some point. The important thing is what you do with your time.


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