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Climbing film highlights Jess Roskelley in shadow of his father’s legend

Father-and-son mountaineers John, right, and Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, Wash. are shown on the summit of Mt. Everest, in Nepal, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in this photo provided by the expedition. Thursday, May 29, 2003, will be the 50th anniversary of the day Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain. (Courtesy Roskelley family)
Father-and-son mountaineers John, right, and Jess Roskelley, of Spokane, Wash. are shown on the summit of Mt. Everest, in Nepal, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in this photo provided by the expedition. Thursday, May 29, 2003, will be the 50th anniversary of the day Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain. (Courtesy Roskelley family)

CLIMBING -- As an Adidas-sponsored athlete, Jess Roskelley of Spokane is featured in a new short film (below) that sums up his journey to become a climber in the shadow of his father and world-class climber, John Roskelley -- one of six mountaineers in the world to be recognized with the Golden Ice Axe Award.

The flick adds context to the passions that have taken these men around the world and to the top of the heap for climbing adventures.

But anyone who knows much about their stories will marvel at how little the five-minute film says about them.

That's how life is captured in social media nowadays.

John Roskelley has written books about his adventures and there's still much to say.

The Roskelleys have shared some quality time together in the mountains, but Jess has largely carved his own way in the sport.

In the film, Jess points out that the fire for climbing was kindled forever when his father helped him make the connections to climb Mount Everest together.  "I was not going to blow that opportunity," he said later.

 




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