FRB: Full Name?
Peter: Peter Tobin Mortimer.
Peter: 155 lbs.
FRB: Ape Index?
FRB: Where you from Peter?
Peter: Born in Phillie, moved
to Boulder when I was 4, grew up there.
FRB: How did you get into climbing?
Mr. Macarthur's climbing class at Fairview High School. We learned to
jumar on ropes hanging off the basketball hoops. Every Wednesday we
took the afternoon off to climb in Eldo. The first real climber I met
was Mo Herschoff who was tromping around the woods by the West Bank
with a sock on his head, casting bear tracks. He was kind of a mentor
to Zac Barr and I when we were in high school. He would buy us drinks
at the old Nepalese restaurant on 9th and Pearl.
FRB: Tell us about some of your favorite
in the Front Range.
Peter: Cragging in Eldo is what I miss most about not
being in Boulder. Its pretty much my favorite climbing area. I also
miss having the Diamond so nearby, and The Flatirons where you can tromp,
get lost in the woods and climb on killer sandstone. The rest of it
-- Flagstaff, Sanitas, Boulder Canyon -- is good local cragging, but
doesn't conjure images of glory for me.
FRB: Favorite partners?
Peter: All my friends I grew
up climbing with in Boulder, and the ones I climbed with at college,
were great partners. Zac Barr, Jay Droeger, Corey Nielson... the whole
crew. Now most of my climbing is done with people I film with. That's
fun, but I'm always the weakest climber in the group, cause all the
people I film are pulling really hard.
FRB: What other sports?
Peter: I'm completely psyched
on surfing right now, and still climbing. Not climbing a ton, but staying
FRB: Schooling? Training?
Peter: I went to college at
Colorado College where I studied geology. Then I started getting into
film and traveling a bunch, I spent some time doing film stuff in NYC,
and I started making climbing docs. I went back to school for an MFA
at USC film school, which I completed a year ago.
FRB: You made 'Front Range Freaks'. Tell us about the
filming and conceptualizing
It started out as two separate shorts: Paul Glover dynoing and Timmy
O'Neill buildering. It quickly became apparent that there was a common
theme in those two films that could be developed into a larger movie,
hence Front Range Freaks. I'd wanted to do the bit on Derek Hersey for
a long time, so this seemed like a perfect platform for that. The rest
of the segments just sort of evolved as we were filming and brainstorming.
FRB: Have you ever been to Cloud 9?
Peter: Yes, a few times. The
first time I went was weird because John Baldwin thought I was an undercover
cop tracking him. Then I went back a few more times and shot there with
John, mb, Matt Samet,
Tommy Caldwell and a bunch of other folks and that was more fun.
FRB: What is your second film?
Peter: FRF is actually my second film (Scary Faces was
the first). The most recent is Return2Sender.
FRB: Return2Sender is at Boulder Theatre April 13th.
Tell us about
your new film.
Peter: April 13 is the World
Premier. Timmy wil be hosting the event, there'll be sponsor gear giveaways,
lots of climbers from the film will be there. The film is 90 minutes
of some pretty rad climbing footage. 'Parallelojams -- crack climbing
in the Creek' -- is the segment that we've already shown to people (
we screened it at the winter OR show). It's got good buzz. There's also
a profile of Cicada Jenerik, who climbs V10 at age 10, a profile of
loudmouth free soloist Michael Reardon who solos EBGBs + other gnarly
stuff in SoCal. BASE jumping in Mexico, more antics with Biscuit and
her puppy Felix. There's Timmy and Nathan Martin's epic expedition to
Greenland... tons of Timmy humor throughout the film. We expanded our
sponsorship base to produce this film, so we upped the production value
a bit. We got a heli to shoot in the desert to film Timmy walking the
bridger jack highline, we got cool miniature cams that we've been mounting
on climbers and inside cracks, we've shot some 16 mm film, done some
funky stuff in post. Overall its a project that I'm really proud of,
and that I think is a step forward from FRF.
FRB: Timmy is in it. What's he doing, where?
Peter: Timmy is the host of
the crack climbing segment in Utah. He's doing typical Timmy stuff:
outrageous antics, fucking with people, climbing, walking the highline,
beatboxing, being hilarious. He's also in the Greenland segment, which
he and Nathan Martin and Micah Dash and Thad Friday shot themselves.
And again, more of the same. He's a big, positive presence in this film,
bigger then in FRF.
FRB: What's next?
Keep taking it step by step, working with cool people, doing projects
that I'm stoked about. Timmy and I are going to collaborate on other
projects. I've got lots of ideas for stuff, some climbing, adventure,
other things in different directions.
FRB: Thanks for the interview, Peter.
man. See you at the show on Wednesday night.