I love adventure film festivals and I had the chance to see Reel Rock 11, a climbing-focused one, at a local climbing gym. Five movies were shown:
15 year old Ashima Shiraishi and 16 year old Kai Lightner are already some of the best climbers in the world. It was interesting to watch them climb in Norway, making very difficult routes look easy and fun. They are amazing to watch.
Boys in the Bugs
Will Stanhope and Matt Segal spent four years climbing one 5.14 crack in the Bugaboos in British Columbia. They don’t seem like your typical athletes, goofing off much of the time, but they eventually get it done and have fun along the way.
Brette Harrington is a trad and free solo climber. She’s mostly climbed at Squamish in British Columbia, but this film follows her to Yosemite and Patagonia, where she becomes the first woman to free solo a tower in the Fitz Roy mountains.
Rad Dad is Mike Libecki, who travels solo all around the world, climbing new routes and filming himself. When he becomes a father, he continues his trips but struggles with the leaving. You can see his connection to his daughter and his inspiration of a new adventurer.
Four climbers hire Captain Reverend Bob Shepton to take them on his ship, Dodo’s Delight, above the Arctic Circle in search of new climbing routes. They spend just as much time partying and jamming as they do climbing, and it’s hilarious to watch.