Adventure flicks to stir the soul

By Jenn Sheridan




“Reel Rock has put together a stirring tribute to the life of one of the climbing community’s pioneers.”


The air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and some of the best action flicks of the year are hitting the big screen. Whether it’s overcoming gravity on vertical rock faces or embracing it on snow-covered mountains, there’s an opportunity to drool over the world’s best athletes pursuing adventure across the globe. So grab that fall sweater and head to one of these upcoming shows.

TGR releases “Paradise Waits”

Like many skiers across the globe, the crew at Teton Gravity Research knows the anxious anticipation for that day when the storm gates open revealing deep powder and dreamy conditions. This past season, those perfect moments were few and far between, but that didn’t stop this team from continuing the pursuit of the best lines they could find.

Join athletes Angel Collinson, Bryan Iguchi, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa Tim Durtschi and more as they experience the highs and lows, icy runs, weeks without snow and the frustrations that come with skiing, as well as the rewarding steep and deep lines that are the signature of every Teton Gravity ski flick. “Paradise Waits” for those who choose to chase it. |


“Conquering the Useless” features locals

Squaw Valley couple Elyse Saugstad and Cody Townsend are two of the most influential names in free skiing. Both pack a resume including Best Female and Best Male performance at Powder Video Awards. Townsend’s line in last year’s film “Days of our Youth” has been called the greatest ski line ever.

Meanwhile, Saugstad gives back to the ski community through founding SAFE AS women’s specific avalanche clinics. With lives so deeply rooted in ski culture it’s natural that these two would create a movie that documents that there is far more to skiing than just skiing. Saugstad and Townsend team up with Chris Ruben and Dave Treadway to document the adventure, family, life and death that build their relationship with the mountains. |

Reel Rock celebrates climbing community

Launched in 2006 by filmmakers Josh Lowell of Big Up Productions and Peter Mortimer of Sender Films, the Reel Rock Film Tour showcases the best climbing and adventure films to live audiences throughout the world. More than just a film tour, these events are high-energy community gatherings that celebrate the pursuit of outdoor adventure and raise funds for nonprofit endeavors.

Celebrating it’s 10th year, the Reel Rock 2015 tour features more than 450 locations across the globe with athletes including Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold and Daniel Woods, as well as a tribute to Dean Potter.

The tour features five films ranging from 6- to 35-minutes in length, and showcasing some of the most impressive climbing feats of the past year. “A Line Across the Sky” documents Caldwell and Alex Honnold as they tackle the Fitz Roy traverse across seven summits with 13,000 vertical feet of climbing.

One of the most iconic climbers of this generation, Potter was an integral part of the Reel Rock family starring in several films over the years. Following his death in May, Reel Rock has put together a stirring tribute to the life of one of the climbing community’s pioneers.

Get an exclusive first look at Caldwell and Jorgeson’s epic push to free climb the Dawn Wall. As film crews work on a full-length feature, Reel Rock 10 will show a teaser of a work in progress documenting one of the greatest climbing achievements of the generation for “Dawn Wall.”

A cross between an ultramarathon and Burning Man, 24-hours of Horseshoe Hell is a sun-up to sun-down competition of endurance among the best climbers in the world. Get behind the scenes at “Showdown at Horseshoe Hell.”

Follow Daniel Woods’ battle to conquer fear through highball bouldering in the film “High and Mighty,” which follows his attempts at completing a route known as The Process. |


“Paradise Waits”

Sept. 25 | 8 p.m.
KT Base Bar
Olympic Valley
$12-$15 | $5 kids

“Conquering the Useless”

Sept. 26 | 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema
Tahoe City
$11-$15 | $10 kids

Reel Rock 10

Oct. 1 | 7:30 p.m.
High Altitude Fitness
Incline Village, Nev.
$12-$15 | Free for members

Oct. 22 | 7 p.m.
Reno, Nev.