Put down the popcorn and forget about the big-ticket fall blockbusters (sorry, Everest): When it comes to the adventure films that will be on everyone's lips this year, REEL ROCK Film Tour pretty much controls the monopoly.
Founded in 2006 by filmmakers Josh Lowell of Big UP Productions and Peter Mortimer of Sender Films, the REEL ROCK Film Tour is entering its landmark 10th year by bringing the best climbing and adventure films to more than 450 locations around the world. Setting the standard for adventure storytelling (remember, this is the tour that brought us the wildly entertaining Valley Uprising), this year's lineup features everything from a first look at the headline-making free ascent of the Dawn Wall to a seven-summits-in-five-days first ascent of the Fitz Roy Traverse.
"We're really psyched about this year's tour," REEL ROCK filmmaker Nick Rosen tells GrindTV. "This has been such a momentous time in the climbing world, with such big highs and lows — from the culmination of Tommy and Kevin's epic dream on the Dawn Wall to the tragic death of Dean Potter to the groundbreaking traverse of the Fitz Roy massif — and we are honored to be able to tell these stories as a celebration of our 10th year."
Here, a preview of what's on the marquee for the 2015 REEL ROCK Film Tour.
A Line Across the Sky (35 minutes)
Every alpine climber dreams of completing the Fitz Roy Traverse, one of the toughest and most legendary achievements in modern-day alpinism. The headliner of this year's film tour follows Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold as they attempt the first go of this gnarly expedition across seven jagged summits in just five days.
Dean Potter Tribute (6 minutes)
The climbing world was shaken to its core when news broke that Dean Potter had tragically died during a BASE jumping accident this year. He was one of the most iconic "vertical adventurers" of a generation and a part of the REEL ROCK family, and this moving tribute explores the career of one of adventure sports' true pioneers.
Dawn Wall: First Look (15 minutes)
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's epic push to free climb Yosemite National Park's Dawn Wall was a history making feat—one that pushed rock climbing into the national spotlight and captured the imagination of the entire world. There's a major feature film in the works, and this is your exclusive first look at the drama (and the fun) that played out on the route.
Showdown at Horseshoe Hell (20 minutes)
What do you get when you combine Burning Man with an ultramarathon (and plenty of beer)? Twenty-Four Hours of Horseshoe Hell, the wildest event in the competitive climbing world. It's messy, it's sweaty and it's also a true test of ability for "gumbies" and elite climbers alike.
High and Mighty (20 minutes)
There's bouldering, and then there's bouldering's cutting-edge next generation: High Ball bouldering. It's taller, tougher, and one wrong move could lead to serious injury. Watch Daniel Woods' journey to conquer fear and explore his limits while climbing some of the highest and hardest bouldering problems in the world.
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