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This fall, REEL ROCK cranks it up to 11 with their latest collection of electrifying climbing movies that showcase the sport’s biggest stories and athletes. Five new films deliver edge-of-your-seat action, globe-trotting exploration, big laughs, and true inspiration. Check out reelrocktour.com to find a showing near you.
Climber: Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll
Film: Dodo’s Delight
Location: Baffin Island, Canada
In the summer of 2014, Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto, brothers Nico and Olivier Favresse, and their 79-year-old captain, Reverend Bob Shepton, packed onto the Dodo’s Delight, sailing the small ship on the rough seas between Greenland and Baffin Island. The men fought freezing temperatures and battled sketchy all-free big walls on their trip, establishing 10 new routes between 400 and 1,000 meters long. Telluride Mountainfilm, which awarded “Dodo’s Delight” the Charlie Fowler Award, called the movie “the epitome of adventure.”
Climber: Brette Harrington
Location: Squamish, Canada
This Tahoe, California native grew up ski racing most of her young life, but found climbing when she moved to the Northeast for high school. Brette returned west for college to the granite playground of Squamish, which opened her eyes to redpointing. She saw what could be accomplished with a little more effort. She moved up through the grades—fast. The film “Brette” follows a year in the life of up-and-coming climber Brette Harrington as the all-arounder establishes new routes in the Ghost Range, solos big walls in Squamish, free climbs on the difficult Muir Wall of El Cap, and caps the story with a bold solo of Chiaro di Luna, a 5.11 on Patagonia’s St. Exupery Spire.
Climber: Mike Libecki
Film: Rad Dad
Location: Kangertitivatsiaq Fjord, Greenland
With more than 50 expeditions notched on his harness, Mike Libecki is known for establishing first ascents on unclimbed walls in the remote corners of the world—often alone. “Rad Dad” documents a new challenge Mike faced when he became a father more than a decade ago: reconciling his bold and dangerous adventures with spending time with his daughter Lilly. What he found in the process was a better work-life-climb balance—not to mention a new favorite expedition partner.
Climber: Kai Lightner
Film: Young Guns
Location: Flatanger Cave, Norway
Fifteen-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner are leading the next generation of elite climbers. Ashima, a New York City native, has ticked 5.14d/15a and V15, the latter something no other woman has done. Kai, from the unlikely hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina, became a national climbing champion as a high school sophomore. “Young Guns” follows these two prodigies as they spend their summer vacation in the Flatanger Cave of Norway, where the incredibly steep and cryptic climbing forces them outside their comfort zone. In the finale, Ashima travels to Japan to try out the 30-move boulder problem Horizons.
Climber: Matt Segal
Film: Boys in the Bugs
Location: Bugaboos, Canada
For four years, elite rock climbers and goofballs Matt Segal and Will Stanhope traveled to the Bugaboos to break away from climbing gyms, training plans, and fad diets, instead applying the old-school tactic of getting outside and trying hard—a lot. Their audacious plan of freeing a striking 5.14 finger crack high above frozen glaciers involved a multi-year quest with beer, bloody fingers, and an emotional rollercoaster of success and failure. Watch two leading climbers attempt to establish one of the world’s hardest alpine trad climbs.