File under you know you're in Boulder when....Promoters of the Reel Rock Tour announced last night that tickets for the kickoff of their package tour of the year's best climbing films on Thursday at Chautauqua Auditorium have already sold out, and that there are only about 100 tickets left out of a total of 1,326 created when a second night of screenings was added on Friday. (get 'em while they're hot for $17 at Chautauqua.com).
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That news is doubly impressive coming in the middle of a busy month full of ski-and-snowboard porn premieres that have been selling out left and right, and just before the Adventure Film Festival (which runs October 4 through 6 at the Boulder Theater, is also in imminent danger of selling out all available tickets). Our appetite for adventure film here in Colorado appears to be insatiable, and the Reel Rock Tour -- now in its seventh year -- has built its name on a blend of adventure porn and documentary films covering every aspect of the climbing community. Reel Rock sold out nearly all of its 300 international tour stops last year, but it has seen its biggest crowds in Boulder, where the term "climbing community" encompasses just about everybody.
This year's Reel Rock 7 films include:
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- Honnold 3.0, from Boulder-based Sender Films and director -- and Reel Rock co-founder -- Peter Mortimer, following climber Alex Honnold up ropeless solo climbs of Yosemite National Park's Triple Crown (Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome).
- The Shark's Fin, from Camp4 Collective, documenting Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk and Conrad Anker's journey return to India's Mount Meru three years after a failed attempt at a first ascent of the mountain's granite buttress.
- Wide Boys, a documentary about "proper British lads" Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker's first ascent up Century Crack, an off-width 5.14b crack in Utah previously deemed impossible.
- La Dura Dura, in which Spain takes a starring role as nineteen-year-old Czech climber Adam Ondra brings the challenge to Chris Sharma's turf around Catalunya in a head-to-head battle to establish the world's first 5.15c-rated route. La Dura Dura also features female climbers Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda as the "shred women's standards with strong ascents of their own," according to Reel Rock promoters.