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Reel Rock Film Series to be shown Saturday at Gold Town

Posted: October 21, 2011 - 12:01am
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif., in  November 2010.  Corey Rich
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Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif., in November 2010.

Juneau’s Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre will host its second showing of the Reel Rock Film Tour at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Reel Rock Film Tour, now in its sixth year, features climbing and adventure films from around the world — from rock to ice, El Capitan to Pakistan.

Last year’s tour screened in more than 200 locations world-wide, drew more than 55,000 audience members and raised more than $15,000 for non-profits.

Tickets for the Gold Town show are $7 in advance at the theater or at the Rock Dump, and $9 at the door. Here’s a look at this year’s films.

“Origins: Obe and Ashima”: Under the tutelage of her coach, a 9-year-old girl from New York City takes the bouldering world by storm, crushing competitions and raising the bar for climbing’s youth.

• “Race for The Nose”: For 50 years, the best climbers in the world have been one-upping each other on El Capitan. a massive granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, racing up 3,000 feet of vertical rock in under three hours, and risking life and limb to shave mere seconds off the record time. This film follows Dean Potter and Sean Leary on their attempt to break this legendary record on the classic route.

• “Sketchy Andy”: American climbing dirtbag Andy Lewis is taking the discipline of slacklining into the future as he solos the worlds longest high-lines and masters the hardest aerial tricks.

• “Ice Revolution”: At British Columbia’s spectacular Helmcken Falls, Canadian climber Will Gadd has finally realized his dream of climbing radically overhanging, heinously difficult ice. Gadd and Tim Emmett dodge exploding 30-foot icicle bombs and send the hardest pure ice climb in the world, but they swear it’s just the first step in a whole new direction for the sport.

• “Project Dawn Wall”: Tommy Caldwell is three seasons deep into his ultimate project - the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall. Joined by bouldering specialist Kevin Jorgeson, Tommy makes his first big ground-up push, pulling pitch after pitch of 5.14 first ascents before an epic storm shuts the team down.

• “Cold”: Over the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan’s 8,000-meter peaks in winter. In February 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and Corey Richards became the first to achieve this alpine dream.

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