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WINTER ON THE BLADE


Winter on the Blade began as a far fetched idea to undertake an adventure to an incredible place with the hope of bringing a group of people together to achieve something truly memorable. Our aim was to make a film that documented the first winter ascent of the notorious Blade Ridge on Tasmania's Federation Peak, 


Labelled by Sir Edmund Hillary as 'Australia's only real mountain', Federation Peak is not the tallest mountain in the world, it’s not even the tallest in Australia, but fewer people get to the summit of Federation Peak these days than get to the summit of Mt Everest. The reason for this is its location. It’s deep in the heart of Tasmania’s rugged Southwest Wilderness. 





Our 17 day expedition was completed in June-July 2016, during Tasmania's wettest winter on record, where, despite all odds, we achieved our objective. We completed the first succesful winter ascent of Blade Ridge and the North West Face of Federation Peak. 


Since our expedition last year, we have been working consistently to produce a 45 minute, high quality documentary film that has a strong chance of success at the international mountain film festivals, including Banff Mountain Film Festival.


 We are hoping that our film, Winter on the Blade, when released, will help inspire the next generation of adventurers to recognise the absolute necessity of preserving the few wild places that remain on Earth. 


How The Funds Will Be Used

The reason we are asking for financial help is to help us pay for the professional services related to the post production of the film:


  • $2000 - Composition of original and unique electronic score for the film, by musician Bayard Condon.


  • $2000 – Atmosphere sound and all the audio mixing and mastering for the project, by sound engineer Henry Cooper.


  • $1500 - Colour Grading and graphics by Matthew Farrell.

    Furthermore, there will be some direct costs that we will also need to cover before our project is completed:


  • $500 - Entry fees for international film festivals.


  • $500 - Crowd Funding Costs – payment for hosting site, printing of posters, online media host for downloads.

    This is why we need $6500.


Any funds raised beyond $6500 will go towards compensating the core team behind Winter on the Blade for the thousands of hours of work that has gone into this project, beginning with film maker Simon Bischoff and expedition leader Andy Szollosi, as well as the other members of the expedition, Mark Savage, Mick Wright, Dan Haley, Olivia Page and Nick Grant. There is a good chance any excess funds raised through our crowdfunder will indirectly be funnelled towards our next wild adventure, wherever and whenever that may be. 





The Challenges

From the inception of the idea, when the success of the project appeared to be one in a million, to the current date, when our climbing objective has been achieved and our film is nearly finished, has taken nearly two years of consistent work. This is what we have done so far, in chronological order.


  • Assembled the correct climbing and filming team.


  • Acquired sponsorship from the Australian Geographic Society and the Bob Brown Foundation to help us buy the necessary equipment and provisions required to undertake expedition.


  • Provisioned the expedition by preparing light and dry hiking meals, enough to last 7 hungry people for 17 days.


  • Completed a tough, 5 day provisioning trip in April 2016, where our team and volunteers carried and stashed about 120kg of food, fuel and climbing equipment at Bechervaise Plateau near Federation Peak in preparation for our winter expedition, which took place two months later.


  • Completed the 17 day expedition in June-July 2016. We achieved a first winter ascent of Blade Ridge and the North West Face of Federation Peak. (A point worth noting here is that one of our climbers, Mark Savage,  had tried to climb Blade Ridge in winter 24 years previously,  and failed due to terrible weather. As a result of this experience, Mark's prediction for our expedition was 'less than 1% chance of success').


  • Recorded the entire expedition in high quality video and audio, despite dreadful weather conditions. It was a sheer stroke of luck we had kilograms of rice (meant for the risotto) that allowed us to dry out saturated cameras and lenses.


  • Provided the Australian Geographic Society with an article on our expedition, which was published in their May 2017 Journal.


  • Completed the interviews with all of seven of our team members and also one of our supporters, conservationinst Bob Brown.


  • Edited 2 TB of footage down to a 45 minute documentary film.


Our self motivated team has completed all of these steps, but only with the generous help from our volunteers, who have given us advice, provided us with gear and acted as pack mules for us and without whom our project would not have been possible. For these poeple we are sincerely thankful.


Now we just need a little bit more support in this final phase of our project to ensure we deliver the highest quality film we possibly can.


Please,  have a look at our rewards on the side panel and decide whether you are able  to help us out by contributing towards the completion of our film,  Winter on the Blade.

Another great way to help is by sharing our campaign within your social networks.  

Many Thanks,
Project Co-ordinator,

Andy Szollosi

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AU$20 +Screen SaverEnjoy a unique selection of photographs from the expedition taken by Simon Bischoff, Andy Szollosi, Dan Haley and Olivia Page + A shout out on our Facebook page
9 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$25 +THE FILMBe one of the first to enjoy a film thats been a long time coming! We will send you a private download of Winter on the Blade and a personal shoutout on our website and Facebook pages
159 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$40 +Original film score + FILMWe will send you a private download of the Original film score performed in one fell swoop on a tempest synthesiser by Bayard Condon + the Winter on the Blade film and a personal shoutout on our website and Facebook pages
19 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017
AU$60 +FILM + Original film score + Screen saverGet all the above!
19 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$120 +All GoneThe MulletFilm Maker Simon Bischoff will get himself a deeply majestic mullet and enjoy it + THE FILM
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$150 +THE BLADE PRINTReceive a limited edition A3 print from the expedition signed by the expedition leader Andy Szollosi + THE FILM+ Original score + Screen saver
13 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$150 +All GoneFederation Peak bushwalking spoonA one of a kind, handcrafted spoon depicting Federation Peak and a compass. Hand carved by David Rauenbush from Phoenix creations out of beautiful salvaged Rock Maple + THE FILM
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$300 +Photography lessonAll of the above plus a two hour photography lesson with expedition leader and photgrapher Andy Szollosi
1 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$350 +TOTEM POLE Single edition printOne of Australia's top rock climbers Andrea Hah making a rare, single pitch ascent of the Ewbank route on the Totem Pole. Signed by the photographer Simon Bischoff and printed on super high quality gold fibre silk paper 16x24 inch + THE FILM + screen saver + original score
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$350 +FREEDOM Single edition printAdam Bogus Climbing 'Freedom' on Mt Wellington high above Hobart. Signed by the photographer Simon Bischoff and printed on super high quality gold fibre silk paper 16x24 inch + THE FILM + screen saver + original score
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$350 +THE ASCENSION SOLO single edition printDanny Quade soloing the iconic route 'The Ascension' in the Grampians National Park. Signed by the photographer Simon Bischoff and printed on super high quality gold fibre silk paper 16x24 inch + THE FILM + screen saver + original score
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$350 +POLE DANCER Single edition printTim Exley climbing Pole Dancer on the Tasman Peninsula. Signed by the photographer, Simon Bischoff and printed on super high quality gold fibre silk paper 16x24 inch + THE FILM + screen saver + original score
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$350 +DEEPER WATER single edition printLiz Oh onsiting the stunning Golden Corner pitch on 'Deeper Water' in the Tyndall Ranges. Signed by the photographer Simon Bischoff and printed on super high quality gold fibre silk paper 16x24 inch + THE FILM + screen saver + original score
0 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$500 +CreditYour business name in the credits of the Winter on the Blade film along with your businesses tag in all social media posts + FILM
1 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is July 2017
AU$1000 +Dinner on usCome and share a home cooked meal in Hobart with at least two members of the Winter on the Blade team, including climber Mark Savage and expedition leader Andy Szollosi. PLUS download of film, screensaver, soundtrack, the A3 poster, and inclusion of your name or business logo in the film
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2017

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