In 2017, when Andrew Harris climbed Wyoming’s towering Grand Teton with his brother-in-law Max Hammer and his sister, Amy Hammer, becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to make the 7,000-foot climb, he inspired the entire mountain community. Harris had plenty of obstacles to overcome along the way, not the least of which was the strenuous trek to the top. During his climb, there was a serious accident near the summit where a climber in a separate group was injured.
Now, Hammer, a professional skier and guide, is working to direct a film about the adventure. And it’s sure to inspire. “I’m directing the movie and will also be acting alongside Bob,” he told me. “Our production studio is called Houseplant Creative which is myself and Gray Thompson. We are a small production team and will be contracting out the best filmers, audio team, and actors we can assemble. We will have a cream of the crop team working together under my vision.”
While the film is certainly a good story for others to enjoy, Hammer says it’s mostly for Andrew, also lovingly known as “Ducky,” with a brilliant working title: Ducky Goes Up.