Follow three route developers and their friends as they explore, climb and develop a hidden sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and ten miles beyond the Minnesota border in the remote wilderness of Canada.
2017 | 62 min | English
PRODUCER // DIRECTOR BRENDA PIEKARSKI
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ADRIAN DANCIU
STARRING JEFF ENGEL, TYLER HOFFART and SEAN FOSTER
MUSIC PROVIDED BY MINNESOTA MUSICIANS (SEE SOUNDTRACK BELOW)
SPONSORED BY JOHN REAMER AND ASSOCIATES
SEEK • FIND • DEVELOP • CLIMB
A story of discovery, vision and grit, Jeff’s World takes a humorous behind-the-scenes look into the world of rock climbing and the tenacity required to build a sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and hidden in a pristine wilderness of shimmering lakes, dense forest, and blood-sucking insects.
Follow Jeff Engel, an accomplished route developer, and his friends as they seek, find, develop and climb Jeff’s World, a wild and remote climbing area ten miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada.
Originally spotted by Jeff’s father as he soared overhead in his float plane, Jeff’s World is a collection of granite outcroppings streaked in black and gold that only a lucky few have ever seen. Following his father’s discovery, Jeff and his dad mapped out coordinates, boated to a trailhead and bushwhacked their way deep into the woods where Jeff spent the next 15 years building trails and bolting new routes to create the epic playground that is now known as Jeff’s World.
Grab your boat, passport, and bug spray. Head into the wild. Discover a new place. And, when you find the raft, you’ll know you have arrived.
Gear Junkie "This Rock Climbing Paradise is Only Accessible By Boat"
Star Tribune "Film Speaks to the Adventure of Rock Climbing in the Wild North"
Jeff's World is a climbing film unique to the genre because the focus is not on completing hard projects or following well-known athletes, but instead highlights the behind-the-scenes of rock climbing. The film showcases route development, bolting and the grit it takes to create and maintain a climbing area.
The intention of Jeff's World is to give climbers and non-climbers alike a glimpse into the dedication, details and tenacity required to build a climbing area. The goal is to educate the community and beyond through entertainment, promote stewardship for our climbing lands, and support the many individuals that give so much to make climbing areas accessible to all of us.
In addition to the Jeff's World film, my goal as a filmmaker is to create inspiring tales of adventure that encourage the audience to explore all the wild wilderness around them and within themselves.
Actual Wolf – This Ole Way
The Sudden Lovelys – Brave and Alive
“Verskotzi – Mayday
Swallows – The Winnowing
Davina and the Vagabonds – Sunshine
Freddy Fresh – Now Broadcasting from Minneapolis
A special shout out to Freddy Fresh for the custom composition of this song for the film. Thank you!
The Sudden Lovelys – Back into the Wild
Gaslighters Union – Water Tower
Joey Ryan & the Inks – You Are All Friends of Mine
“Kristoff Krane – Mouth of the Beast
OME – Hungry Bears
We'd also like to thank Grant Fiesland of Chased by Flying Monkeys for his support and assistance in developing a five-star soundtrack. Thank you!
Music makes a film shine and brings it to life. Our film would not be what it is without all the fantastic Minnesota musicians listed below. Be sure to catch them on stage and check out their albums!
Photo credit: Neil Scholoner // Musician pictured: Swallows
September 2016: Filmed Jeff's World
May 18, 2017: SOLD OUT pre-release screening of Jeff's World
September, 2017: Public release of Jeff's World and Regional Film Tour
November, 2017: Jeff's World wins First Place Documentary at the Highway 61 Film Festival
February 14, 2018: Jeff's World released online at Vimeo on Demand
March 27, 2020: Jeff's World made available on our YouTube and Vimeo Channels
Photo credit: Chris Hergott