Jeff's World

Follow three route developers and their friends as they explore, climb and develop a hidden sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and ten miles beyond the Minnesota border in the remote wilderness of Canada.

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Jeff's World Rock Climbing Film

STARRING: Jeff Engel, Tyler Hoffart and Sean Foster; DIRECTED BY: Brenda Piekarski
1 Hour

SEEK • FIND • DEVELOP • CLIMB

A story of discovery, vision and grit, "Jeff’s World" takes a humorous behind-the-scenes look into the world of rock climbing and the tenacity required to build a sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and hidden in a pristine wilderness of shimmering lakes, dense forest, and blood-sucking insects.

Follow Jeff Engel, an accomplished route developer, and his friends as they seek, find, develop and climb Jeff’s World, a wild and remote climbing area ten miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada.

Originally spotted by Jeff’s father as he soared overhead in his float plane, Jeff’s World is a collection of granite outcroppings streaked in black and gold that only a lucky few have ever seen. Following his father’s discovery, Jeff and his dad mapped out coordinates, boated to a trailhead and bushwhacked their way deep into the woods where Jeff spent the next 15 years building trails and bolting new routes to create the epic playground that is now known as Jeff’s World.

Grab your boat, passport, and bug spray. Head into the wild. Discover a new place. And, when you find the raft, you’ll know you have arrived.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

 Jeff's World is a climbing film unique to the genre because the focus is not on sending hard projects or following well-known athletes, but instead highlights the behind-the-scenes of rock climbing. The film showcases route development, bolting and the grit it takes to create and maintain a climbing area.

The intention of Jeff's World is to give climbers and non-climbers alike a glimpse into the dedication, details and tenacity required to build a climbing area. The goal is to educate the community and beyond through entertainment, promote stewardship for our climbing lands, and support the many individuals that give so much to make climbing areas accessible to all of us.

In addition to the Jeff's World film, my goal as a filmmaker is to create inspiring tales of adventure that encourage the audience to explore all the wild wilderness around them and within themselves.

Sincerely,
Brenda  Piekarski

SOUNDTRACK

Thank you to all the fantastic Minnesota musicians that contributed to the Jeff's World film! Please check out their links and support these bands! (Songs are listed in order of play in the movie.)

“This Ole Way” by Actual Wolf
“Brave and Alive” by The Sudden Lovelys
“Mayday” by Verskotzi
“The Winnowing” by Swallows
“Sunshine” by Davina and the Vagabonds
“Now Broadcasting from Minneapolis” by Freddy Fresh – A special shout out to Freddy Fresh for the custom composition of this song for the film. Thank you!
“Back Into the Wild” by The Sudden Lovelys
“Water Tower” by Gaslighters Union
“You Are All Friends of Mine” by Joey Ryan & the Inks
“Mouth of the Beast” by Kristoff Krane
“Hungry Bears” by OME

We'd also like to thank Grant Fiesland of Chased by Flying Monkeys for his support and assistance in developing a five-star soundtrack. Thank you!

 

Katie Gielen pulling hard at the crux on Conflict Resolution 5.11+, Jeff's World Proper. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
The gang heading to the boats for the morning approach. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Tyler Hoffart trying hard on Gargoyle 5.10+, Jeff's World Proper. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Sean Foster bolting Howlin' at the Moon 5.8, Swampwall. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Angie Jacobsen pulling hard at the crux on Conflict Resolution 5.11+, Jeff's World Proper. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Admiring Emerald Wall, a.k.a. Grassy Bay. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Laura DeShane bringing home the Phantom. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Monitoring the shots with Pixelbuzz Productions. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Our star of the show and well-known route developer in the state of MN, Jeff Engel. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Checking out Brown's Bay. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
The bartender at Nelson's Resort and route developer for Crane Lake, MN, a.k.a Sean Foster. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
Admiring the scenery from the top of Swampwall. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography
The Jeff's World talent and film crew. We owe it all to them! BEST. CREW. Ever... since the Arrowhead 135 film. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography