The Reel Rock 7 film tour, which has been selling out theaters from coast to coast during its Fall 2012 nationwide tour, will be coming to Duluth on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus. The event is a benefit for UMD’s Recreational Sports Outdoor Program (RSOP).
The seventh annual Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe, with more than 65,000 attending nearly 300 shows worldwide during the 2011 tour. The 2012 tour has already sold out dozens of shows both in the U.S. and abroad.
Reel Rock 7 features four films. Leading off will be Dura, Dura, featuring Chris Sharma, who has been the “king” of sport climbing for the past 15 years and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. But 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 route, while Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda shred women’s standards with strong ascents of their own.
The Shark’s Fin then chronicles legendary alpinist Conrad Anker’s 20-year obsession with The Shark’s Fin, a spectacular unclimbed granite buttress on the 6,310-meter Mount Meru in Indian. In 2008, Anker, with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, endured a grueling 18-day push to within hundreds of feet of the summit only to be turned back. Three years later, the trio makes a tough decision to return in an attempt to claim one of climbing’s elusive first ascents.
American off-width climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. In Wide Boys, the third film, two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, cross the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West, including the first ascent of the world’s hardest off-width known as Century Crack.
The event concludes with Honnold 3.0, featuring Alex Honnold, who has become known as the boldest solo climber of his generation. In this dangerous game, Honnold balances pure ambition with self-preservation as he wrestles with preparation for perhaps his biggest adventure yet – the Yosemite Triple. In under 19 hours, Honnold climbs Mount Watkins, El Capitan and Half Dome, almost all of it free solo.
Tickets to this event are $12 in advance online at www.imathlte.com/events/reelrock7. The Marshall Performing Arts Center is located at 1215 Ordean Court on campus. Tickets at the door the night of the show will be $15. UMD students can purchase tickets directly from RSOP for $10 with a student ID.
RSOP is dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles and connections to the natural workd through personal and professional experiences. For more information, go to www.umdrsop.org.