Each year, Sender Films and Big UP Productions bring audiences mind-blowing climbing flicks for the annual Reel Rock Film Tour. They gather the wildest climbing stories from around the globe. Epic short films will be presented ranging from mountaineering the highest summits, big wall free climbing, slack lining unfathomable heights, ice climbs, and more! This year, for the 8th annual Reel Rock tour, the program is packed with films that are nothing short of awe-inspiring tales guaranteed to get your palms sweating from beginning to end. Reel Rock shows are high energy, community events that go way beyond just a film screening. They are an opportunity to meet new friends in the climbing community, check out the latest new climbing gear and learn how to become more involved in protecting our local climbing crags.
This year’s films include:
The Sensei: Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission to complete a project, one of his hardest ever, at the spectacular summit of Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo. But first he must find the right partner. Enter Daniel Woods, the young American boulderer who is one of the strongest humans in the climbing world, but lacks mountain experience. Daniel-San travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, and the unlikely duo team up for the expedition of a lifetime.
Spice Girl: The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking it all to prove their boldness. It’s the last place you’d expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that. The first woman to climb the British grade of E9 (super hard, super sketchy), Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big run-outs. Having mastered the scrappy sea cliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed big walls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.
High Tension – Ueli Steck And The Clash on Everest: Mount Everest made headlines around the world this year when it was reported that Ueli Steck and Simone Moro, the strongest duo in alpinism, were attacked by a crowd of angry Sherpa’s at Camp 2 while attempting a cutting edge new route on the highest — and most crowded — mountain in the world. Fearing for their lives, the climbers fled the mountain, and the incident sparked a flurry of gasps and angry recrimination: Sherpa’s, western climbers, guiding companies, even the legendary mountain itself were pounded with criticism from all sides. Amidst the bizarre event, Reel Rock was embedded with the climbing team and given an exclusive look at what happened that day, and why.
The Stone Masters: Sender Films is currently working on a feature documentary about the counter-culture climbing scene in Yosemite over the last 50 years. Provisionally titled Valley Uprising, the film brings all the legends to life: from Royal Robbins’ epic battle with Warren Harding to the fabled drug plane crash of 1977 and the escalating tensions between climbers and national park rangers.