By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
March 1, 2019
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be returning to Durango in just two weeks, and if you haven’t gotten your tickets, you better do so! This is not one to miss!
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, showing the best of hundreds of submitted adventure, environmental, exploration, and mountain culture films. Following the Festival in Banff, the World Tour hits the road, bringing the excitement and award-winning films to audiences around the globe.
Each year, Rocky Mountain Wild teams up with San Juan Citizens Alliance to bring the excited gasps, shouts, awws, and whoops to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Those would be the sounds of hundreds of attendees experiencing the best adrenaline pumping mountain films the world has to offer!
Last year, we made it a two day event, and we’re doing it again this year. Both nights will feature different films. And the proceeds from both nights will help us with the fight to keep Wolf Creek Pass wild. This is so timely as the Forest Service just released its Final Record of Decision that could result in an easement to facilitate the construction of the massive “Village” at Wolf Creek. We will do everything we can to prevent this from happening, and the ticket sales from this event will help us do so.
Films featured on Friday, March 15:
Choices (mountain biking), Grizzly Country (protection of grizzly bear habitat), Surface (surf photography), This Mountain Life: Coast Range Traverse Segment (skiing), DreamRide3 (mountain biking), Brotherhood of Skiing (skiing), Ice & Palms (bikepacking, mountain climbing, skiing), The Frenchy (mountain biking). A description of each film can be found on our event webpage.
Friday Environmental Film Highlight:
Grizzly Country is the story of author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock, who spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes. Check out this great article about the film from Sierra Magazine.
Friday Sport Film Highlight:
This Mountain Life: Coast Range Traverse Segment tells the story of a mother-daughter team, Tania and Martina Halik, who set out on a six-month ski traverse in the coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada in celebration of Tania’s 60th birthday!
Despite hardships, including lost food drops, a dangerous river crossing, and a monstrous storm, together, the pair traversed some of the rockiest terrains during one of the harshest winters in recent history and in doing so, strengthened their bond. Check out the trailer below and be sure to get your Friday tickets!
Films featured on Saturday, March 16:
Far Out: Kai Jones (skiing), For the Love of Mary (mountain running), Life of Glide (snowboarding), Divided (mountain biking), The Beaver Believers: Meet Sherri Tippie (restoring the North American beaver), Fast Horse (Blackfoot bareback horseracing), Reel Rock 12: Break on Through (rock climbing), Skier vs. Drone (skiing). A description of each film can be found on our event webpage.
Saturday Environmental Film Highlight:
Beavers were once abundant throughout North America, but were trapped nearly to extinction by the end of the 19th century. Beavers are a keystone species, so the loss of them to our watersheds has been incalculable. Restoring the beaver to watersheds across the American West has the potential to radically improve the ecological capacity of these watersheds, even amidst the stress of climate change.
The Beaver Believers: Meet Sherri Tippie follows Sherri Tippie, a hairdresser and Certified Live Beaver Trapper working to restore the North American beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, furry little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.
Saturday Sport Film Highlight:
In modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale – a grade achieved only by a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado is determined to change that. She moved to Europe where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first. Check out the trailer for Reel Rock 12: Break on Through below and get your Saturday tickets!
This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors.
A huge thank you to our sponsors: Pine Needle Mountaineering, Adventure Pro Magazine, Alpine Bank, Backcountry Experience, Durango Running Company, Rochester Hotel & Bar, SolarWorks, Tailwind, Zia Taqueria.