Film Fest Features Top Climbing Flicks

The new Reel Rock film tour may be the best yet, spotlighting everything from Everest brawls to beautiful women conquering the toughest routes.

James Pearson in 'The Sensei'     Photo: Courtesy of Reel Rock 8

The Reel Rock film tour, a climbing-film-focused festival now in its eighth year, showcases the brightest stars and best films from the vertical world. With arguably its strongest lineup yet, Reel Rock 8 is a can’t-miss experience for climbers, but is good enough to appeal to armchair mountaineers, too.

This year’s traveling lineup features three big-screen heavyweights: High Tension, The Sensei, and Spice Girl. Each film stands on its own as a story, and more impressively pushes the limits on cinematography and filmmaking in the adventure world 

High Tension explores Ueli Steck’s controversial Everest ascent, with partners Simone Moro and Jonathan Griffith. The climb was curtailed after a skirmish at Camp 2, but the incident continues to be a contentious issue in the climbing community.

Spice Girl profiles the beautiful rising climbing star Hazel Findlay; The Sensei is a classic of old world teaching the new. More than your garden-variety climbing candy, Reel Rock 8 has grown up to deliver both thrills and quality filmmaking—a testament to Sender Films and Big Up Productions, the companies behind the festival.

The tour has about a dozen more stops before wrapping up in early 2014. Not close to a show? The DVD is now available, including some bonus features from previous years. Run time is 90 minutes + bonues features.

For more flicks from the adventure world, see "The Best Adventure Films of 2013"

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