Next Steps is a short film about Claire Hewitt-Demeyer’s triumphant return to the mountains after enduring ACL and Double Meniscus surgery.
Claire Hewitt-Demeyer, a local from South Lake Tahoe, faced a severe injury while climbing at Blue Granite Climbing Gym on a kilter board, tearing seven parts of her knee. Despite the extensive damage, surgeries were only required for her ACL and Double Meniscus in 2021. The following year became a rigorous journey of relentless training and rehabilitation for Claire, from relearning how to walk to preparing for extended days in the backcountry with her Splitboard. This period of sideline recovery fueled an unprecedented motivation within her, igniting the idea of crafting a human-powered film capturing her return. While this setback momentarily challenged her identity, Claire embraced positivity, focusing on regaining strength and health. Her determination drove her to explore new backcountry lines, eager to test the limits of her revitalized knee. This film also shows some challenges people face while in the backcountry, and what it takes to push through the fear and challenge themselves while in the mountains.