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With an enthusiasm and passion that has only grown with age, Tim Harrington travels to Spain to attempt an his first expert climbing route at the age of 60. Who’s leading his way? None other than his daughter and professional climber, Emily Harrington.
"I hope that people come away from watching this film feeling closer to their parents or children. I think it can be easy to forget how significant your dad might be in your life and how important that relationship can be." — Jon Glassberg, Filmmaker
Q & A with Dad, Tim Harrington & Daughter, Emily Harrington
Artifact Uprising: What role did Emily play in motivating you to finish the 5.12?
Tim Harrington: Emily has always inspired me — her desire to persevere is incredible. She just kept telling me I could do this route and I started to believe her. I have been on many of her hardest climbs alongside her and watched how she breaks down every move. So I tried to listen to her and do the same. With her encouragement, I knew I could do it.
AU: Did your dad's love for climbing initially spark your interest?
Emily Harrington: I actually became interested in climbing first - after climbing an artificial wall at a festival one weekend. I told him I wanted to do it more and he took me to the Boulder Rock Club and we learned how to climb together.
AU: What did you learn about your relationship with your daughter after watching the film?
Tim: I have always felt that Em and I have a special relationship and seeing it unfold on film just reinforced that. I really enjoyed laughing at us!
AU: Why are you grateful for your father?
Emily: He’s just so curious about everything. He has enthusiasm and a passion that has only grown and not dwindled with age. I think that’s what we should all aspire to as we get older.
AU: Why are you grateful for your daughter?
Tim: Em and I share the desire to live life in the most awesome of ways. Our adventures allows us to do much of that together. I feel very fortunate to have her as my daughter. My wife and I have had such an amazing adventure raising her.
AU: You mentioned "The Year of Awesome" in the film - how is that playing out?
Tim: I just turned 61, so I decided that "The Year of Awesome" has now become "The Years of Awesome"! I am not planning on letting it slow down. There will be more flyfishing, kite surfing, skiing, paragliding, and even more 5:12’s.
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Jon Glassberg fell in love with climbing and photography at a young age. He co-founded Louder Than Eleven in 2008 with his business partner, Jordan Shipman, as a way to unite his two passions. Jon is an artist at heart & explores to find inspiration for his work through climbing and questing in the mountains.