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The 8th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour Brings Adventure and Climbing Films to Pomona College on Nov. 16

Reel Rock Film Tour

The 8th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour comes to Pomona College on Saturday, Nov. 16, bringing the best in adventure and climbing films to campus. The screenings begin at 8 p.m. in Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Claremont Colleges students, staff and faculty and can be purchased at the door.

“The Reel Rock Film Tour connects students to fellow adventurous souls, bringing community members from across Southern California to The Claremont Colleges to share in their appreciation for nature, adventure filmmaking and outdoor pursuits,” says Martin Crawford, Pomona College director of outdoor education. 

The National Geographic adventure blog says of the global 2013 tour, “The four new Reel Rock films deliver narratives that are surprisingly accessible. Featuring both beginning and master climbers, the stories welcome viewers to experience the athletes’ highs and lows as they wrestle against an unforgiving natural landscape as well as their own limitations.”

The featured films are:

The Sensei:

One of the great legends of modern climbing, 43-year-old Yuji Hirayama is near retirement and plans a swan-song mission to climb Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo, but needs a partner. Daniel Woods, a young American boulderer who lacks mountain experience, travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama’s mentorship, and the duo teams up for the expedition of a lifetime.

High Tension: Ueli Steck and the Clash on Everest:

Ueli Steck and Simone Moro, one of the strongest duos in alpinism, were attacked by a crowd of sherpas 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 firestorm: sherpas, western climbers, guiding companies and even the legendary mountain itself were assailed with criticism from all sides.

Spice Girl:

The first woman to climb the British grade of E9, Hazel Findlay is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear and big runouts. Having mastered the scrappy seacliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed bigwalls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.

The Stonemasters:

This film is about the counterculture climbing scene in Yosemite over the last 50 years, bringing 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.

Watch the trailer at: www.youtube.com/iRQh50lAl4Y. The films include adult language.

During intermission there will be a raffle with prizes, including Outdoor Education Center Frisbees, water bottles, Hangar 18 climbing gym passes, a climbing harness, six climbing quickdraws, a chalk bag and YogurtLand gift cards.

Proceeds from the festival will fund students to attend the 2014 Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference (WROLC), a student leadership conference for students to hone their outdoor leadership skills.

A pre-film open house will be held at the Outdoor Education Center (Pomona Hall, 601 Amherst Ave., Claremont, located east of Frary Dining Hall).

For more information, contact: oec@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2531.

The Outdoor Education Center of Pomona College is one of the premier outdoor education programs in the country.  The outdoor program provides hands-on opportunities for all students in outdoor recreation and education, promotes the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and develops student leadership skills.