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Reel Rock 17 Looks Awesome! Check Out the Trailer

This year's Reel Rock features a 5.15d sport route, climbing in Palestine, and a remote 3,000-foot big wall in Pakistan

Reel Rock is back in 2023 and the official trailer for its 17th installment has just been released. The film tour will begin in March, with screening dates and venue information coming soon. Reel Rock 17 will showcase three major films: DNA featuring Seb Bouin (30 min); Resistance Climbing featuring Palestinian climbers and Andrew Bisharat (40 min); and Burning the Flame featuring Babsi Zangrel and Jacopo Larcher (50 min).

Here’s how Reel Rock describes the films:

DNA: “29-year-old French sport climber Seb Bouin has been quietly working his way through the elite grades, culminating in his attempt to establish a long pitch out an overhanging cave in the Verdon Gorge of France. His proposed line is so futuristic, the moves so improbable, that if Seb can put it all together it may be the most difficult route ever climbed.”

Resistance Climbing: “In the strife-torn hills of Palestine, a diverse crew of Bedouins, dirtbags and urban professionals embraces climbing as a much-needed respite from the burdens of the Israeli occupation. American writer & climber Andrew Bisharat visits the West Bank to explore his own roots and the power of climbing to transform lives.”

Burning the Flame: “Big wall free climbing masters Babsi and Jacopo seek their greatest challenge yet: a free ascent of Eternal Flame, an elusive, 3,000-ft. route up the legendary Nameless Tower in Pakistan’s Karakoram range. Facing extreme conditions and 5.13 trad climbing at high altitude, a two-year quest comes down to one short weather window. Captured with drones and on-mountain cameras in one of the most stunning places on earth, Burning the Flame transports viewers to a place normally off-limits to all but the world’s best climbers.”

Reel Rock 17 Official Trailer