June 2n/a at 7.30 p.m. on the 16the edition of the Reel Rock Climbing Film Tour will be screened at the Civic Theater in Nelson.
The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers (TAWKROC) and the Kootenay Climbing Association, the non-profit organization that operates the Cube Climbing Center, have partnered to organize the movie tour in Nelson as a fundraiser to build a new Olympic-caliber climbing gym in town. .
Reel Rock 16’s lineup consists of four films that celebrate the human side of rock climbing’s latest and greatest adventures and achievements:
Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall in ‘Bridge Boys’ (28 mins) – A horizontal high wall adventure on the longest and most ridiculous crack climb ever attempted.
Charles Albert in ‘Barefoot Charles’ (28 minutes) – Meet the French opera singer and cave dweller who climbs futuristic bouldering problems without slippers.
Alex Johnson in ‘Big Things to Come’ (21 mins) – An elite boulderer’s struggle with a project propels her on a decade-long journey of self-discovery.
Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Adam Stack in ‘Cuddle’ (33 minutes) – A massive connection of 17 alpine peaks pushes a famous climbing duo to the brink and into each other’s arms.
“We are really excited to bring the local climbing and adventure community together again for this film festival, after a long pandemic hiatus,” said Jayme Moye, Kootenay Climbing Association Board Member. .
“Almost as excited as we are about building a bigger and better climbing gym in Nelson.”
The Kootenay Climbing Association presented its proposal for a new climbing gym to City Council on March 7eand will provide the first public update on next steps during the screening.
The screening will also include a raffle, with all raffle ticket sales going towards the construction of the new climbing gym. Moye says they will be raffling off more than 20 prizes, worth a total of nearly $2,500, during the intermission of the film’s tour.
Raffle prizes include:
a 10-shot pass for the Cube ($126), two Arc’Teryx women’s climbing harnesses ($170 each)
a Petzl IKO Core headlamp ($115), Flashed’s Ninja Crash Pad ($325)
a backcountry ski set from G3 including skins, poles, trucker hat and tension strap ($379)
Several local businesses also donated gift certificates, such as a certificate good for a case of kombucha in any flavor of your choice, from Kootenay Kombucha, valued at $130.
Tickets for the screening are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.civictheatre.ca.
Moye strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance, as a sale is likely. Raffle tickets will be sold only at the screening, from the opening of the doors at 7 p.m., until the drawing of lots, which will take place at the end of the intermission.
About the Kootenay Climbing Association and the Cube Climbing Centre:
The Cube Climbing Center is located in Mary Hall on the 10th Street campus of Selkirk College in Nelson. It offers bouldering and sport climbing routes for all ages and levels. For the first time, the Cube will remain open all summer and will also offer its first summer climbing camps for children. The Cube operates as a nonprofit through the Kootenay Climbing Association, reinvesting its profits into the local climbing community. https://cubeclimbing.com
The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers is a non-profit organization established in 2010 to promote stewardship and preservation of public access to rock climbing venues in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. The organization’s advocacy has resulted in both Waterline and Kinnaird Bluffs being permanently protected for climbers. https://tawkroc.org