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Documenting the epic journey of a husband wife team attempting to climb the historic, remote, & iconic mountains across North America.

3000' up El Capitan, Yosemite, CA
3000' up El Capitan, Yosemite, CA

My wife, Janelle, and I are continuing our climbing documentary project, Committed. The project is beginning its fourth year to climb the Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. No one has climbed all 50 routes that ascend these beautiful mountains and rock faces from New Mexico to Alaska. In three years, we have climbed 40 of the 50 classics. 

This summer we are going to attempt to climb and film seven more iconic classic climbs. Four of which are major Alaska multi-week expeditions, & three are technical rock climbs. This will be a huge undertaking and we need your help!

$40 reward. Matted & shipped to your door (text free)
$40 reward. Matted & shipped to your door (text free)

To make things even more challenging, we are shooting professional grade film and photographs in order to share with you, both success and failures, of this climbing adventure. We personally shoot, edit, and distribute 5-13 min films from each expedition free of charge via vimeo.com 

Background

2010-11: Climbed 35 of the "easy" classic climbs funded by all our personal savings & donations from friends and family.
2012- Attempted 9 very difficult Classics, were successful on 5. Funded by a little sponsorship money & a lot of donations from our previous kickstarter campaign. Visit this webpage to see the expense report.
May-Oct 2013: Attempt seven more big Classics climbs in Alaska, Canada, New Mexico and Colorado, & make purely awesome videos with the content collected.
Currently, there are 34 Committed episodes that you can watch right now: www.smileysproject.com (below is one of our films).

Whats New and Different for 2013?

-Routes are getting more difficult, remote, and expensive. 
-Looking for a elite climbing videographer (who will work for very little, but take home some incredible experiences) who will join, to both improve our margin of safety, and get great shots of the climbing action. 
-Bring on professional video editor(s) to improve the final film quality, and narrative arc. With creative collaboration the art produced will drastically improve.

Denali Summit 20,320'  Air Temp: -20ºF
Denali Summit 20,320' Air Temp: -20ºF
$150 reward, one of these three panoramas printed really big!
$150 reward, one of these three panoramas printed really big!

How Kickstarter Works

By donating to the Smiley's Project you "the backer" will receive a thank you gift "reward" directly from us. Every donation gets us closer to being able to pursue our dream. Please contribute what you can, then share the link, email a friend, and pass it on. 

If we happen to exceed our goal, those funds will go towards increasing the quality of the end product, along with submitting the films to several more film festivals, and increase the quality of the songs licensed for the videos. If we do not meet our goal then your donation will be returned to you, and the Smiley's Project will come to a screeching halt.

2013 Expeditions to Film

Your Donation Will Be Used To Help Cover:

  • Permits ($2,100)
  • Land Transportation 11,000+ miles ($2400)
  • Sea Transportation [Ferry] ($2908)
  • Air Transportation to Glaciers ($6000)
  • Expedition Supplies ($3500)
  • Kickstarer/Credit Card Fees ($1600)
  • Reward Delivery ($2500)
  • Filming Equipment/Rentals ($3500) 
  • Hiring Film Editor Support ($3500) 
  • Expenses from camera operator/climber ($3000)

The bottom three items are "hopeful expenses" only if the funding comes in. We are counting on our corporate sponsors to provide necessary equipment, and contribute a combined $13K that is required to reach our bare bones budget of $30K to make these films happen. 

Please contact me with questions: mark@smileysproject.com 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Anytime one enters the mountains they are at the mercy of many things. Weather, route conditions, snow conditions, fatigue, interpersonal relationships with your climbing partner/spouse, extreme weather, and fear are but a few. Filming in the mountains, while climbing a big route...well, that adds a level of complexity that few want to deal with. That is what helps make remote alpine climbing videos so unique.

Take all these challenges, and then stack on top the complexities of producing multiple films and you start to see that we need all the help you can provide.

Janelle and I have trained hard to be able to take on these challenges both mentally and physically. The team surrounding our efforts is priceless. Without these challenges mountain climbing would be boring. We hope to capture the struggle that is inherant in any mountain adventure. These videos have always been, and will continue to be raw, not staged, actual adventure in the mountains while they unfold in real time.

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    BEST FIVE + DOWNLOAD TWO: You get 5 "desktop-image worthy" climbing and landscape photographs emailed to you from the 40 Classic Climbs the Smileys have completed. + Pick your 2 favorite Committed Episodes to Download and have forever.

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    PRINT & POSTCARD: Five high-res printable mountain images (300 dpi) email to you. Print them out, get inspired, then go climb that big boy. + Smileys will mail a hand-written custom-made postcard to you or the person you choose for their birthday or other special occasion.

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    PHOTO PACK: 12+2 image photo pack. Keep screens EPIC with the Smiley's landscape images taken from our beautiful National Parks. +2 bonus Alaskan panoramic images (images on left). Recieve both printable and web sized files. +Postcard +Download Two Episodes

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    MATTED ARCHIVAL PRINT & NEW VIDEOS: "El Capitan with Light Impact" photograph (image on left). Displayed in a beautiful 10"x12" matte & backing. Signed & mailed straight to your door in a scented envelope [mountain air fragrance]. +Download ALL NEW videos created in 2013. +Postcard +Behind the scenes look at making the videos, and deleted scenes.

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    BLUE RAY: Receive a BlueRay DVD copy of ALL of the current videos (33), mailed to your door, in a custom decorated plastic sleeve. [ALL DONATIONS ABOVE THIS LEVEL RECEIVE A COPY OF THIS BLUE RAY DVD].

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    NO BUFFERING: Download all the current 33 HD episodes from the Committed Series, and the new 2013 episodes, to have forever from the private website. + Your name will also be included in the one film's credits created in 2013.

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    MATTED & NO BUFFER COMBO: All the rewards that the $40 level +Download all 33 Episodes & all upcoming 2013 videos +Your name in one video's credits.

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    GALLERY FLOAT WRAPPED PHOTOGRAPH: Size 20" x 30" (50x76cm) Pick an image from the Smiley's Gallery. This, ready-to-hang, printed image will come to your door in a scented package. [alpine breeze fragrance] +SEO +image files +Download all Episodes

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    SMILEY CLIMB: You plus one, join them in UT, WY, AK, CA, NM, or CO this summer. Learn many climbing tricks that will greatly increase your climbing comfort on long routes. Full day of instruction while climbing something awesome...maybe even a classic! +All rewards at the $40 level. ($600 value)

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    CUSTOM FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH: 24" x 36" Archival print framed. It will be mounted in a beautiful, custom, hand built, frame made in Ouray, CO, from aged barn wood. (see example, left column). Choose the image from our photo gallery. Signed by the Smileys if you desire. Mailed to your door, without glass. +All rewards at the $40 level.

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    SPRINTER VAN RENTAL: 4 Day Tour in the Smiley's 2008 Sprinter Camper Van (1-2 people). Fly into Jackson WY in September, the Smileys will pick you up at the airport, and send you and your partner off with Lulu, their Sprinter Van. Tour the National Parks for 4 days 3 nights and return to the airport for the handoff. Dates will need to be arranged. Proof of good driving record required. +All rewards at the $40 level.

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    CLIMBING CLINIC: For you and three friends. This will be a 2.5 day weekend clinic to take your personal climbing skills to the next level. Photos and video will be provided from the experience. Dates and location will need to be determined. The donation includes gear swag too! (ie- climbing gear/apparel) +All rewards at the $40 level. ($3000 value)

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    SLIDE SHOW & CLINIC: Mark & Janelle Smiley travel to meet you in the Lower 48 to host a private slide show (any size audience). +All rewards in the $2000 & $40 levels.

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    CAMPING IN STYLE: Become the new owner of the Smiley's one and only valuable material asset, Lulu, their 2008 Dodge Sprinter Camper van. Fully tricked out, custom build professional job, sound system, frig, sink, two burner stove, pantry, bamboo floor, hippy fabric roof decor, big windows, curtains, lots of drawers/chest for storage, bed, good tires, 20 mpg, 70K miles, Mercedes diesel engine, runs like a top. +This donation is a downpayment only. Total cost is $37,000. Balance will be received at a later date.

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