When asked why he climbed Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary famously responded, “Because it was there.”
So why in the hell do people like Alex Honnold free-solo (no ropes, no harness) three of Yosemite’s tallest faces in under a 24 hours – without a kind and easy-going Sherpa no less!!?
Who knows? – let’s leave that to the sports psychiatrists.
But we know this: come to the Henry Miller Library on Sept. 29th for a night unlike any other(s): we’ll be showing the best climbing and adventure films in the world!
I mean, check out this trailer. Really people:
So here’s what the night entails. First, “local rockers”* Mozzo Kush perform at around 7 pm. Then the movies start (see below.) There’ll be beer, raffles, and so much more! All under the redwoods, all for $10 in advance ($8 for students.) C’mon!
Get your ticket here: http://reelrock7.eventbrite.com/
Now for the films:
The first film, “La Dura Dura,” features elite climbers, including Santa Cruz native Chris Sharma, establishing one of the hardest sport climbs in the world. Found in Spain, this route has remained unclimbed as Sharma and friends vie to be the one to make the first ascent.
“The Shark’s Fin” chronicles the story of legendary alpinist Conrad Anker and his 23-year obsession with completing the climb of one of India’s most brutal mountain ascents. Halted by a friend’s heinous injury years ago, they go back to challenge the elements and their own sanity.
Crack climbing is physically brutal and it takes a certain type of crazy to do it. In “Wide Boys” see how two Brits come to Utah and show some of the toughest climbers in the USA that they can bleed and bruise themselves up cracks with the best of ‘em. Those Brits make the first ascent of “Century Crack,” an unprecedented feat.
You’ll have to hold your breath through “Honnold 3.0.” Alex Honnold free-solos (no ropes, no harness) three of Yosemite’s tallest faces in under a 24 hours. This terrifying feat of endurance has gained the attention of the New York Times, 60 Minutes, National Geographic, and various international media outlets.
* The international entertainment style book (last updated in 2002) requires us to refer to any band within a 45 mile radius as “local rockers.”