Reel Rock 7 Film Tour Coming To Chattanooga On Friday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Reel Rock 7 film tour, which has been selling out theaters from coast to coast during its Fall 2012 nationwide tour, will be coming to Chattanooga on Friday, at 6:30 p.m. at the UC Auditorium on the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga campus. The event is a benefit for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition.

The seventh annual Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe, with more than 65,000 attending nearly 300 shows worldwide during the 2011 tour. The 2012 tour has already sold out dozens of shows both in the U.S. and abroad.

Reel Rock 7 features four films. Leading off will be Dura, Dura, featuring Chris Sharma, who has been the “king” of sport climbing for the past 15 years and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. But now, the Czech “wunderkind,” 19-year-old Adam Ondra, has come to Sharma’s home turf to take the torch. Sharma and Ondra battle to establish the world’s first 5.15c route, while Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda shred women’s standards with strong ascents of their own.

The Shark’s Fin then chronicles legendary alpinist Conrad Anker’s 20-year obsession with The Shark’s Fin, a spectacular unclimbed granite buttress on the 6,310-meter Mount Meru in Indian. In 2008, Anker, with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, endured a grueling 18-day push to within hundreds of feet of the summit only to be turned back. Three years later, the trio makes a tough decision to return in an attempt to claim one of climbing’s elusive first ascents.

American off-width climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. In Wide Boys, the third film, two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, cross the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West, including the first ascent of the world’s hardest off-width known as Century Crack.

The event concludes with Honnold 3.0, featuring Alex Honnold, who has become known as the boldest solo climber of his generation. In this dangerous game, Honnold balances pure ambition with self-preservation as he wrestles with preparation for perhaps his biggest adventure yet – the Yosemite Triple. In under 19 hours, Honnold climbs Mount Watkins, El Capitan and Half Dome, almost all of it free solo.

Tickets to this event are $12 in advance online at www.imathlete.com/events/reelrock7. The UC Auditorium is in the University Center at 642 E. 5th St. in Chattanooga. Tickets at the door the night of the show will be $15. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga students can purchase tickets at the door for just $10 with a valid student ID.

The Southeastern Climbers Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving climbing access in the Southeast. SCC members and volunteers are climbers from Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and elsewhere who have joined forces to preserve access to climbing areas in those regions. For more information, go to www.seclimbers.org.

For more information about Reel Rock 7, or to view the trailer, go to www.reelrocktour.com.


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