7th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour comes to Utah
Fall is the time for ski movie tours to spread out across the country, bringing the winter stoke. But in Utah this autumn, you can also catch some incredible climbing flicks at the Reel Rock Film Tour. The show comes to Logan at the TSC Auditorium on October 10th and Salt Lake City at the Tower Theater on Wednesday, October 17th.
The Reel Rock Film Tour is celebrating its 7th anniversary this time around, and the organizers will be making every tour stop a memorable one as they screen some of the top climbing movies of the year. Below are the films and descriptions from the Reel Rock website.
THE DURA DURA
Chris Sharma has been the “king” of sport climbing for 15 years, and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. Now, the Czech wunderkind, 19 year old Adam Ondra, has come to Sharma’s home turf to take the torch. Sharma and Ondra battle to establish the world’s first 5.15c, while Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda shred women’s standards with strong ascents of their own.
THE SHARK’S FIN
Legendary alpinist Conrad Anker nurtured a 20 year obsession with The Shark’s Fin, a spectacular unclimbed granite buttress on the 6,310 meter Mt. Meru, in India. In 2008 Anker, with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, endured a grueling 18 day push to get within hundreds of feet of the summit, only to be turned back. Three years later, the trio makes tough decision to return, despite Anker’s deep family ties, and Ozturk’s ski accident just six months before the trip, which resulted in a fractured skull, a broken neck, and serious doubts about going back.
American offwidth climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West — including the first ascent of the world’s hardest offwidth known as Century Crack — it came as quite a shock.
Alex Honnold has become known as the boldest soloist of his generation. In this dangerous game, how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos, from far-flung trad climbing adventures, to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with this question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet – the Yosemite Triple. In under 19 hours he climbs Mt. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome, 95% of it free solo.
Reel Rock isn’t just about the films though. The shows are also come-together events where climbers and outdoors lovers celebrate the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are just some of the ways that Reel Rock events are more than just film screenings. For the seventh year, Sender Films and Big UP Productions are combining the biggest names in the sport with stories of pushing the limits.
The REEL ROCK 7 showing in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 17th, at The Tower Theater happens at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at The Front climbing gym, or at the door on the night of the show.
For more information, visit www.reelrocktour.com