Date of Graduation

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Journalism (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Journalism

Advisor

Dale Carpenter

Committee Member

Larry Foley

Second Committee Member

Thomas Rosteck

Keywords

Adventure, Arkansas, Rock climbing, Sports

Abstract

The goal of this thesis project, ‘ClimbAR’ - a rock climbing documentary - is to tell the story of a fringe sport/outdoor activity in the state of Arkansas. The history of the sport has been passed down primarily by word of mouth and contained within a small, tight knit group of Arkansas rock climbers since its humble beginnings in the 1980s. Though many of the original climbers in the state have since moved on, a new generation of adventurers have taken the reins. This film focuses on the newest generation of Arkansas rock climbers.

Like many climbers in the state, this story uses Cole Fennel’s guidebooks, “Rock Climbing Arkansas” Vol. I & II, to more accurately portray the wide variety of rock climbing locations in the Ozarks.

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