It’s hard to believe film season is just around the corner. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival will be kicking off in just over two months and a number of the Reel Rock Films will be featured. Below are the four anticipated films that will premiere on the Reel Rock 11 film tour.
Young Guns will focus on Ashima Shiraishi, 15, and Kai Lightner, 16, as they lead American climbing into the next generation. From Norway to Japan, the two young crusher push themselves on steep rock up to 5.15 and V15.
Surprising the film makers outside of the restaurant window ?. Unfortunately our Norway trip has come to an end and we are returning to the US. I had a blast climbing some of the most beautiful lines of granite that I have ever seen! I hope to return during dryer times to complete some projects. Thanks @clifbarcompany @bigupclimbing @senderfilms for such an amazing experience! @evolvusa @prana @maximropes
Brette will feature American (but seems like Canadian because she lives in Squamish) Brette Harrington, who has become one of the world’s leading crack and alpine climbers. The film follows her up hard routes in Patagonia, Yosemite and Squamish.
For three years I have been thinking about this route, waiting until I was ready to try it. The Optimator 13- is 110 feet of ring locking up a classic splitter crack, famous to Indian Creek. Yesterday it all came together for the send. Thanks @bronsonhovie for the belay! And ? by @drewsplan and amazing climbing with Caro North. @arcteryx @evolvusa @petzl_official
Boys in the Bugs was filmed in the Bugaboos and is based on Will Stanhope and Matt Segal’s attempt to free the Tom Egan Memorial Route 5.14. In 2015, Stanhope made the first free ascent and Segal returned in 2016 for his send.
I can honestly say that was fun! Thanks @willstanhope for the support and fun times! I gave the Tom Egan a bit more skin and a bit more blood this season and in return I got a big dose of humble pie. I guess it just wasn't meant to be, not sure the battle is completely over but I'm definitely ready for some space to focus on other objectives. Who knows, maybe I'll motivate back in a few years @ethan_pringle ?!? Huge thanks to @thenorthface @skratchlabs @lasportivana @zealoptics @evolfoods @delormegps @metoliusclimbing @bluewaterropes @alpinestartfoods for all the support over the years and don't forget to check out this years @reelrock for the film about our ascent. @senderfilms
Rad Dad is about big wall climber Mike Libecki, who is known for his solo trips to remote locations. The film examines his approach to balancing expedition rock climbing with being a father.
The #expedition #equation sometimes feels like #infinite #constants and #variables until finally, somehow, cold beers are being cracked on a plane pointed home while magically floating over an ocean. The constant suffering is especially intense ( #doesnthavetobefuntobefun )when #solo and in the deep #jungle of #guyana. I will take subzero mayhem over intense heat+humidity any day, it is the most suffering I know of. Here, I am 15 pounds lighter, alone, and drying out everything after daily rain for several weeks. Two Cessna planes, a few dozen miles in dugout canoes, 16 miles of jungle bush whacking, 2000 feet of climbing, and it was the second expedition to finally complete the goal. #expaddiction #expediction #obsession #addiction. When you find a lifestyle that works, well, why fix what isn't broken?