The Banff Mountain Film Festival showed a fantastic variety of films that had a little bit of many different kinds of outdoor adventures that some of us only dream of. It also featured films that raised awareness on different environmental issues and concerns with hopes to bring attention to change that needs to happen. Here are some highlights from the 2015/2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Builder was one of the favorites as it not only inspired to cherish the moments you spend with your kids while helping them build on their dreams (and some killer bike jumps and trails), but it portrayed some incredible talent from some young boys and their spectacular biking skills. There are definitely some future Red Bull Rampage competitors coming from this film.
Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta depicted some hidden treasures of ice climbing in Iceland. The places the ice climbers climbed in Vatnajökull Glacier were absolutely stunning. Klemen Premrl and Rachel Schelb shared their ice climbing talent and pushed beyond their boundaries to set some sweet routes on moulins, in an ice cave and on an iceberg. The ice formations they discovered were beautiful and definitely added another location to the ever-growing list of places to ice climb.
Eclipse took viewers on a challenging journey of a photographer and three skiers that set out to capture a photo of a skier in front of the 2015 solar eclipse in Svalbard. The weather conditions were less than favorable during a good part of the trip, and at some point during the film, there were probably a few in the crowd that were wondering if the trip to get that one shot was worth all the trouble these individuals went through. But when you see the end results, not only did photographer Reuben Krabbe and the skiers think it was more than worth it, but the shots Krabbe got were magnificent.
The Important Places was a film that had you reminiscing and appreciating those special places you’ve experienced in your life even more. We experience the story of a man who remembers the peace and contentment he shared with his father on many rafting trips. He remembers the happiness that he saw in his father each time they got in the water. Several years later, he goes back out on the water with his father, and sees that light in his dad’s eyes again. We all have those important places that help us rediscover the contentment in our lives. What is your important place?
Reel Rock 10: A Line Across the Sky gave us a glimpse of Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold’s grueling climb of the Fitz Traverse along the skyline of Cerro Fitz Roy in Patagonia. It has been a coveted climb for many but it was never completed until this unlikely team of big wall climbers paired up and did the impossible. Of course it didn’t come without a few hiccups along the way such as Alex Honnold not having any experience in alpine climbing and bringing the wrong type of crampons among other things. But the talent and camaraderie between Caldwell and Honnold all but made up for the shortcomings and left viewers vicariously living through their arduous climb while also bringing some humor to keep things on the positive side.