The International Reel Rock Film Tour is returning to the UK this November, bringing a brand-new collection of cutting-edge climbing films to venues around the country.
The Tour will premier four new films starring climbing icons as they attempt to achieve their lifelong ambitions in far-flung locations, from icy Antarctica to the Bedouin canyonlands of the Middle East. And with climbing announced as a new sport for the 2020 Olympics, the film Up to Speed delves into the little-known discipline of speed climbing.
Big names include Adam Ondra, known as the Czech crusher, as he explores a new realm of human potential in climbing in Age of Ondra. And Savannah Cummins, Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright are among a dream team of six elite climbers mounting an expedition to one of the world's last great climbing frontiers: the remote frozen towers of Antarctica.
As well as four thrilling films, each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win climbing goodies. Originating in the United States, the Reel Rock Film Tour is now in its 13th year, and 2018 is the seventh time it has visited the UK and Ireland.
Highlights of the 2018 film selection include:
Queen Maud Land
Six elite climbers, one of the world’s last climbing frontiers. On a wild expedition to Antarctica,Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker tackle a new route on the 3,600-foot Ulvetanna; Savannah Cumminsand Anna Pfaff summit the towering Holtanna; and Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright make aharrowing and hilarious blitz of 13 different spires spread across the ice field, including one pitchthat Honnold calls “the scariest I have ever led.” Queen Maud Land, the name of this icy region, showcases the suffering and vision needed to climb at the bottom of the world.
Age of Ondra
Every so often an athlete comes along who redefines their sport. Late last year Adam Ondra established a benchmark for climbing: a 5.15d in Norway he dubbed Silence. On the heels of this ascent, we follow Adam from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he innovates new training methods, establishes upper echelon first ascents, and attempts to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first try. Age of Ondra is a rare, intimate journey with one of the greatest athletes at the peak of his powers.
2018’s Reel Rock Film Tour dates and venues are:
13-14 November - Bristol, Redgrave Theatre
13 November - Manchester, Manchester Climbing Centre
13 November - Reading, Reading Climbing Centre
15 November - Penrith, Rheged Centre
16 November - Caernarfon, Galeria
17 November - Matlock Bath, Grand Pavilion
18 November - Harrogate, Harrogate Climbing Centre
18 November - Sheffield, Abbey Picture House
22 November - London, Conway Hall
23 November - Birmingham, Crescent Theatre
26-28 November - London, Conway Hall
28 November - Ilkley, Ilkley Cinema
27 December - Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema
For more information and tickets, see www.reelrock.co.uk.