75 Never Too Old: a climbing film with pensioners

Award-winning film proves that you’re never too old to chase your dreams.

75NeverTooOldAt 75 some people might put their feet up – not Jeremy Trumper. The semi-retired sheep farmer from North Wales has compiled a ‘bucket list’ of adventures to complete and top of the list was scaling the 5,114-foot Devil’s Tower in the American cowboy State of Wyoming.

Together with his best friend and climbing buddy – legendary British mountaineer Eric Jones – the two evergreen adventurers celebrated their 75th birthdays climbing the iconic Tower.

‘There are a few challenges around and it’s important to keep pushing yourself,’ says Jeremy. ‘Unless you have something to dream about and aspire to, what’s the point?’

Running a sheep farm and raising four children meant he only had time to climb once a week, if he was lucky, so he’s making up for lost time now he’s semi-retired.

‘It gives me a buzz that I’m still able to do it,’ he says. ‘If I’m flexible enough I hope to be climbing into my 80s.’

The dream to climb Devil’s Tower, a US national monument, was sparked after Jeremy saw a photo of it in a book wife Margaret gave him.

‘The book was a Christmas present almost 10 years ago and I’d become almost obsessed with the Tower and dreamt of one day climbing it. To celebrate our 75th year – Eric and myself finally decided to go for it!’

Flying to the US, the friends hired a Harley-Davidson motorbike to power up to the Devil’s Tower in style. But when he saw it the grandfather admits he was awestruck.

‘It was a lot bigger and steeper than I had imagined. Climbing Devils Tower is far more energetic and strenuous compared to North Wales climbing, but I was determined to succeed. You’re never too old to achieve your dream!’

The two men’s climb up the Devils Tower was filmed for this S4C documentary 75 Never Too Old. Produced by Slam Media, it won the silver medal for Best Climbing Film at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShaFF) in 2014.

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75 Never Too Old (75 Byth Rhy Hen) is being released online at SteepEdge in its original Welsh language S4C television documentary format and will also soon be available a new cut, edited in English.

 The forthcoming English version will include much more in-depth climbing footage from The Devil’s Tower and explores the pair’s determination to tick off their bucket list of crazy adventures before it really is too late.

The film’s director Aled Llŷr, an experienced television sports documentary producer at Slam Media, is now looking for backers to develop a series with both Eric and Jeremy with episodes focusing on each of their bucket dreams.

John Coefield, SteepEdge Director, said:A foreign language subtitled film featuring two pensioners, by a director making his climbing film debut isn’t the obvious winner of a climbing film award. So it was both remarkable and inspirational for ‘75 Byth Rhy Hen’ to win Best Climbing (Silver) Film at this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. All the more so when you think that Eric Jones and Jeremy Trumper were up against the much younger duo Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker and ‘Wide Boyz II’ was filmed by the hugely experienced Paul Diffley.”

We’re delighted to be able to host both the original Welsh language subtitled version of the film focusing more on Welsh farmer Jeremy Trumper and we think the forthcoming new English version which will delight climbing film fans with its extra footage of The Devil’s Tower ascent.”

Director Aled Llŷr said winning the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival award was the trigger to cut a different version in English.

Winning at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival was a fantastic boost. As proud as I am of the Welsh language version and grateful to the S4C for commissioning the film, I knew that the Devil’s Tower footage had more mileage in it and Eric and Jeremy’s epic story deserved a wider audience.”

The film isn’t so much a climbing film as a celebration of life – essentially it’s a story about two old men with a passion for adventure and love for speed ‘fighting against the dying of the light’!  The message is ‘Whatever age you are, keep going on to your next adventure and your next dream’.”  

Ultimately my ambition is to do a series with them about each of their bucket list ideas.  We need to get backing pretty quickly though because they are 77 years old and they aren’t going to be around forever.”

 

To find the film, head to steepedge.com

 

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