Mountain Film Festival

Wednesday July 17th


Eagle Eye Theatre

Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:00pm

Tickets $15 advance,
$18 at the door

35 (5 minutes, 2013)

Directed by Nasa Koski, Austin Siadak and Matt Van Biene

Every year we get a little older. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Take the birthday challenge. Writer Brendan Leonard delivers a dedication to the joys – both big and small – of the climbing life. What are your 35?

Paul McSorley (Live Presentation)

Paul McSorley

On his first ever day at the cliffs Paul realized he had found his calling. For the last twenty years he has practiced all types of climbing all over the world. It doesn't matter if he's doing trad, sport, blocs, ice, mixed, alpine or aid, Paul just loves getting outside with his friends and going climbing. "New routes are the most rewarding" from scrubbing a crack in Squamish to slogging up a virgin summit on the Patagonian icecap, "the adventure of a first ascent never gets old."

These days Paul lives in Squamish BC where he works as a climbing guide and high ropes rigger. Besides climbing, he loves having a good meal with friends, playing guitar, Paragliding and making sculpture out of used objects.

Jeremy Smith Squamish Access Society (Live Presentation)

More info to come…

Down The Line (22 minutes, 2012)

Directed by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts

A handful of dedicated Vancouverites are bringing a new sport to their local mountains, a sport that has always been linked exclusively to Utah and the Alps: Canyoneering. Against all expectations, the surroundings of Vancouver are an amazing playground for canyoneers, and one thing sets the region apart from all others: none of these canyons have ever been explored. Nobody even knows where they are.

Cascada (8 minutes, 2013)

Directed by Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong

Tangled vines. Endless rain. Dodgy hotel rooms. Mud. Biting flies. Aggressive viruses...Perfection. Is this a vacation? Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, Galen Volckhausen, Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix and Skip Armstrong hunt the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall...and the perfect shot. Paddler and cinematographer alike explore a world beyond the expected.

The Kyrgyzstan Project (22 minutes, 2012)

Director: James Aikman, Matt Segal

"The Kyrgyzstan Project" follows three elite climbers on a restorative journey to the granite big walls of Kyrgyzstan in central Asia. Matt Segal, Eric Decaria and John Dickey each have a personal conflict at stake on their adventure, the most compelling of which is John's, whose 2000 expedition to Kyrgyzstan ended in kidnapping by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days until they made a harrowing escape through the mountains. This film chronicles John's return to Kyrgyzstan and his quest for resolution, as well as Matt and Eric's first expedition since the loss of two of their closest friends to the mountains. In their adventure, we learn about the meaning of friendship and the healing power of climbing adventures through beautiful imagery and edge-of- your-seat action.

Thursday July 18th

MEC Evening of Exploration

Eagle Eye Theatre

Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:00pm

Tickets $15 advance,
$18 at the door

The Dura Dura (28 minutes, 2012)

Director: Josh Lowell

Chris Sharma has been the "king" of sport climbing for 15 years, and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. Now, the Czech wunderkind, 19 year old Adam Ondra, has come to Sharma's home turf to take the torch. Sharma and Ondra battle to establish the world's first 5.15c, while Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda shred women's standards with strong ascents of their own.

Jen Olson (Live Presentation)

Jen Olson

The extraordinary Jen Olson will be stopping in to present on her travels from South Korea to Norway. She will be talking about her adventures in ice and mixed climbing and also detail her experiences while in the World Cup Ice Climbing. Her most recent adventure climbing trip in the black canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado so come join Jen for an exciting presentation and slideshow that will inspire your own climbing adventures.

Jen was the seventh woman in Canada to become an internationally certified mountain guide. She's chasing her dreams of climbing splitter cracks and frozen waterfalls, and has partnered with other female climbers to do first ascents on rock and ice in the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, and Pakistan.

Growing up in Calgary, Jen learned to ski and value the wilderness at an early age. After taking a few climbing courses at the University of Calgary, she was hooked and on her way to being a passionate rock, ice, and alpine climber. Her favourite place is the Bugaboos, and she tries to spend as much time there as possible playing on the alpine rock faces.

"My MEC down jacket keeps me toasty warm at belays, packs well, and doesn't lose its super puff, despite my best efforts to destroy it."

Sarah Hart (Live Presentation)

Sarah Hart

Sarah comes from the land of smog and eight lane highways, the GTA (greater Toronto area), and is the daughter of a dirt bike racing father and shopping mall loving mother. While her upbringing lacked mountain culture, it was packed full of indiscriminate passion and energy – she was raised to approach everything in life with zeal and 100% effort. Today, this is how she approaches her climbing.

Sarah learned to climb on the limestone bluffs of Lions Head, Ontario, but in 2004 realized that the GTA may be the financial centre of the country, it certainly wasn't the climbing centre. She now calls Squamish, BC home, where world-class granite is a bike ride away, and she can sleep in almost everyday.

In July of 2012, Sarah suffered a minor mid-life crisis. The result? She quit her cushy full-time desk job at Mountain Equipment Co-op, took out a hefty line of credit, and has been on one long climbing trip ever since.

This austral summer, along with partner Colin Haley, she spent three months in Patagonia, Argentina climbing on huge granite spires, and perfecting the art of making banana bread. Join Sarah for an hour of recipe sharing, er…uh…climbing stories, from Patagonia.

"Making Banana Bread and other Adventures in Patagonia"

Shattered (6 minutes, 2012)

Directed by Tyler Stableford

Many climbing films focus on the strength and skills of the climbers, as well as the difficulty of the routes, but this short film featuring Patagonia ambassador Steve House is a different sort of glimpse into the climbing world.

The minimalist visuals and voiceover of Shattered convey a little bit of the other side of climbing – the inner life and dialog of the climber as he searches for fulfillment and battles fear and the unknown.

Wide Boys (13 minutes, 2012)

Directors: Paul Diffley and Chris Alstrin

American offwidth climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren't afraid to bleed their way up a route. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West -- including the first ascent of the world's hardest offwidth known as Century Crack -- it came as quite a shock.

Friday July 19th


Eagle Eye Theatre

Doors 6:30pm
Show 7:00pm

Tickets $15 advance,
$18 at the door

A Temporada / The Season (4 minutes, 2013)

Director: Erick Grigorovski

In what seemed to be just another climbing day, Waldo faces a challenge that soon turns into his major obsession. Throughout the season, he works in what he believes to be his greatest achievement. At least until he finds out a new life project...

After 4 months of work, counting with a luxurious help of some friends, It was possible to tell this tiny and cute story of Waldo's incursions at Urca... It's easy to meet him there, you just need to look for properly...

A New Perspective (9 minutes, 2012)

Directed By: Corey Rich

David Lama, Peter Ortner and Corey Rich climb the 6,251m Nameless Tower in Pakistan, also known as Trango Tower, part of the Karakoram mountain range.  The incredible footage was partly shot with remote-controlled helicopter cameras using drone technology more usually associated with US spy planes than climbing expeditions.

Wayne Merry (Live Presentation)

Wayne Merry

Wayne Merry was part of the climbing team to do the first ascent of the Nose of El Capitan 1958. He’s coming to Squamish to share his photos and stories from the climb.

In the late 1950s, Yosemite was already renowned for the world’s best rock climbing, with its hard, high, approachable granite. El Cap was considered unclimbable, but a mountaineer named Warren Harding was determined to do it. He assembled a team and chose a route called “the Nose,” on the prow of the massive cliff. With astonishing grit, the team spent 47 days over 16 months setting up their route with bolts, ropes, hardware, food, and camping gear. More than a dozen climbers and summit-support people were involved.

On November 12, 1958, three climbers, Harding, George Whitmore, and Wayne Merry, scrambled onto the summit. The final bottom-to-top push had taken them 12 days. This was in a time when there were no energy bars, no fleece. Climbing gear was rudimentary—some pitons were hammered out of stove legs. Merry carried his water in a large paint-thinner can, “and it tasted like hell.”

Honnald 3.0 (33 minutes, 2012)

Alex Honnold has become known as the boldest soloist of his generation. In this dangerous game, how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos, from far-flung trad climbing adventures, to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with this question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet - the Yosemite Triple. In under 19 hours he climbs Mt. Watkins, El Cap, and Half Dome, 95% of it free solo.

The Old Breed (26 minutes, 2012)

Director: Rufus Lusk

“The Old Breed” is a documentary short film about the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, located in the Eastern Karakoram. At 7518-meters high, SKII was the second-highest unclimbed mountain in the world. It was climbed on August 24th, 2011, by the American team of Mark Richey, Steve Swenson and Freddie Wilkinson. Besides being one of the highest first peak ascents ever accomplished in alpine-style, the climb is notable for the fact that Richey and Swenson were 53 and 57 years old, respectively, at the time of the ascent.

Saturday July 20th

Squamish Adventure Centre Theatre

Doors 12:30pm (MATINEE)
Show 1:30pm

Wide Boyz (50 minutes, 2012)

Director: Paul Diffley and Chris Alstrin

The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody. Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, set out to explore this world and climb the world’s hardest offwidths. They complete a brutal two-year training regime, mostly spent hanging upside down in a suburban Sheffield basement, before embarking on a tour of the USA. The tour culminates in the first ascent of the ultimate offwidth test piece, Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth.


Eagle Eye Theatre

Doors 6:30pm
Show 7pm

Tickets $15 advance,
$18 at the door

Tami Knight (Live Presentation)

Born on the edge of the wilderness in Vancouver, Tami Knight always knew she would be a mountaineer. From an early age, Knight's parents instilled in her a love of the outdoors, with family trips including skiing, boating, and hiking as steady fare. She also decided, at the age of 6, to be an artist. However, much of her childhood was dedicated to gymnastics and she might have continued in this vein had a car accident not put an end to it. With gymnastics out of the picture, Knight turned toward climbing to satisfy her restless spirit.

Knight hung out at many of North America's famous crags, particularly at Camp 4 in Yosemite National Park. It was at Camp 4 that she began keeping a journal of the exploits of those around her. One day, instead of submitting the normal written climbing report to the Alpine Club's newsletter, she submitted a drawing. Knight's unusual means of reporting was embraced by the Alpine Club, and her cartooned reports became a regular part of the newsletter. It wasn't long before she self-published a collection of these drawings, which quickly sold out. She continued to publish cartoons in small magazines and newspapers. She been a regular contributor to the prestigious Alpinist Magazine ever since.

The Gimp Monkeys (8 minutes, 2012)

Director: Fitz Cahill

What has four legs, five arms and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys. Craig DeMartino lost his leg after a 100-foot climbing fall. Pete Davis was born without an arm. Bone cancer claimed Jarem Frye’s left leg at the age of 14. While the three are linked by what they are missing, it is their shared passion for climbing that pushed them toward an improbable goal—the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemiteʼs iconic El Capitan. There was no cause. No call for awareness. No fundraising. “We are climbers first, disabled second,” says DeMartino. “If you’re a climber, you want to climb El Cap.” “The Gimp Monkeys” follows their successful ascent of Zodiac, a 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan.

Craig DeMartino (Live Presentation)

Craig DeMartino

Craig grew up on the east coast being somewhat of a independent and free spirit. Never one for team sports, he attended a small university there for design and photography. After graduating, and attending a bachlor party where instead of the usual strip club, they went climbing, the hook was set. Climbing clicked and from that point on became a huge focus of his life. Since 1992, he has travelled the States and around the world seeking out fun lines that challenge both mentally and physically.

In 2002, while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park, a miscommunication between him and his belayer, sent him on a 100 foot ground fall. The fall resulted in the loss of his right leg, a fused back, broken neck, and a long list of injuries that have resulted in a life of chronic pain. But instead of leaving climbing, he decided to go back to the one thing he loved. In 2003, he began climbing again, and in 2005 became the first amputee to climb El Capitan in Yosemite in under 24 hours.

He started to compete in 2005 as well and at the Extremity Games, the X-Games for disabled, won double gold medals in bouldering and roped climbing. He has won that event every year he entered and this year hopes to give back by helping to organize the event and teach new disabled climbers how to climb.

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk (Live Presentation)

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk

Mina started climbing at the age of 8 at an indoor wall after her parents noticed her love for playing on any climbing frame available. She was hooked instantly and ever since it has been a huge part of her life.

During her teenage years she climbed mostly routes and then moved to Sheffield after a short break from the sport. Mina rediscovered her love for climbing and has been totally engulfed by it since. She finished her degree in 2008 and took time out to go on a series of long trips; mainly bouldering. It was on these trips that Mina stepped up her climbing and has now climbed numerous V9-11 blocs across Switzerland, Fontainebleau and Rocklands.

Still living in Sheffield, UK, she enjoys training for trips and also competes for the British Bouldering Team at international events.

Deep North (20 minutes, 2012)

Directed by Corey Rich

Last year, Corey Rich traveled with Tommy Caldwell and Hayden Kennedy on an expedition to the Arctic Circle. Their objective was a first ascent of a virgin granite wall. The most ambitious task was to create a video providing an in-depth look at what really happens on an adventure from a climbing, filmmaking and photography perspective.

The result is Deep North: The Story Behind the Story, providing great insight with regards to equipment, technique and my methodology on how to capture adventure, while working in a truly wild place.

Sunday July 21st

Squamish Adventure Centre

Doors 12:30pm (MATINEE)
Show 1:30pm

Autana (55 minutes, 2012)

Directed by Alastair Lee

An adventure unlike any other, original, experimental, entertaining and visually stunning, Autana follows Leo Houlding and fellow climbers Sean Leary and Jason Pickles deep into the Amazon in their attempt to make the first ascent of the east face of the remote tepuy; Cerro Autana. 'Indiana Jones would have been proud'.

Film available as HD download

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