Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Reel Rock Film Tour 2013
The Caltech Alpine Club is hosting Reel Rock Tour for the fourth time. A collection of world's best climbing movies, the Reel Rock tour is a touring film festival of rock climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, and alpine climbing films in the vein of the successful Banff Mountain Film Festival but more focused on climbing.
These movies will take you from Borneo to Everest to Yosemite Valley. From Reel Rock's film page:
- The Sensei: Forty-three-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission to complete a project, one of his hardest ever, at the spectacular summit of Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo. But first he must find the right partner. Enter Daniel Woods, the young American boulderer who is one of the strongest humans in the climbing world, but lacks mountain experience. Daniel-San travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama's mentorship, and the unlikely duo team up for the expedition of a lifetime.
- Spice Girl: The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking it all to prove their boldness. It's the last place you'd expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9 (super hard, super sketchy), Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts. Having mastered the scrappy seacliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed bigwalls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.
- The Stonemasters: Sender Films is currently working on a feature documentary about the counterculture climbing scene in Yosemite over the last 50 years. Provisionally titled "Valley Uprising," the film brings all the legends to life: from Royal Robbins' epic battle with Warren Harding to the fabled drug plane crash of 1977 and the escalating tensions between climbers and national park rangers. This year's REEL ROCK Film Tour will include a teaser clip from the film that focuses on the sex-drugs-n-rock era of Jim Bridwell and the Stonemasters.
If you're planning to come, RSVP on Facebook, too, to share the news with your friends!
Arrive early so you have time to browse the sponsor tables and get your raffle tickets!