Only 10 Shows Left In The Fest (And 6 Are Sold Out)!
With only 3 days left of the Fest we are already buzzing with energy and excitement from all the incredible stories and films that we have seen and we still have 10 amazing shows lined up for you! 6 are sold out but tickets are available for the Arc’teryx Climbing Show, MEC Canadian Adventure Show, Ski Show and the VIMFF Finale. Learn more about the shows below and get your tickets before they are gone.
Thurs, Feb 15, 7:30 pm, Rio Theatre
In 2002 Craig DeMartino accidentally dropped 100 feet while climbing in CO. After 18 months, he decided to amputate his leg below the knee to return to climbing and to the quality of life he had. After years of hard work, he then became the first amputee to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan in under 24 hours, among many other records. Craig will be presenting about these circumstances that on the surface, seem horrific, but when you go deeper, become the things that really help us grow as humans. “I would never be doing the things I’m doing today in the climbing world if it wasn’t for that one event. It’s shaped me into the climber I am, and allowed me a platform to help other people who have been injured. In short, I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Following Craig’s presentation will be 4 great climbing films including 2 World Premiere’s of BC-made films. Sweat Lodge, directed by Kieran Brownie, follows the journey of Paul Mcsorley and Kieran Brownie (two pasty Canadians) who leave the dark winter of South West BC to delve into a deep corner of the Colombian Amazon after stumbling across images of remarkable granite domes in Colombian Director Cuerro Guerra’s film, “Embrace the Serpent”.
In 2017, Arc’teryx and VIMFF teamed up for the first ever Filmmaking Grant which was awarded to Dave Mai. Dave took the opportunity and created an incredible film, Ephemera, which is about ice climbing in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia Canada. The evening will feature the World Premiere of Ephemera, and also include the announcement of the 2018 Arc’teryx Filmmaking Grant to one lucky budding filmmaker!
Fri, Feb 16, 7:30 pm, Rio Theatre
This night is dedicated to pushing self propelled adventure & exploration by Canadians featuring the 2017 grant recipients of the MEC Adventure Grant. Shawn Emmett’s and Steve Tersmette travelled nearly 280 km by roughly combining the Southern Purcell Traverse and the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass traverse, two of the grand ski traverses in Western Canada, in the summertime on foot. They got it done, but it was far from easy.
Lorraine Blancher and Robin Munshaw received the MEC Adventure Grant to pioneer and develop backcountry mountain bike trails with local communities in the Atacama Desert of South America. Lorraine and Robin will join us to tell the story and premiere their film about the project.
The adventure-filled evening will also feature the film Strong The Wind Blows directed by Benjamin Jordan, 2016 recipient of the MEC Adventure Grant. The film will take you on an aerial paragliding flight as you soar across British Columbia & Alberta’s most incredible landscapes.
Fri, Feb 16, 7:30 pm, Centennial
Did you miss the Halik’s presentation during the 2017 Fall Series? Well then you won’t want to miss it the second time around! The presentation is captivating and jaw dropping as Martina and Tania – mother-daughter – duo tell their story of a five and a half month ski traverse from Squamish, BC to Skagway, Alaska. In addition, they will be speaking at the Trip Planning Workshop on Sat, Feb 17 at 2:30 pm at Centennial. Get advice and insights on how to plan for epic trips (even if they aren’t 5 months long!) from the duo themselves.
Sat, Feb 17, 7:30 pm, Centennial
National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki‘s slogan is “The time is now! Why ration passion?!” With a positive and energetic mindset like that, we cannot wait for his presentation at the VIMFF Finale. Come join Mike as he takes us on a journey to some of the most remote climbing expeditions possible while searching for first ascents in Antarctica and Greenland. He will also share some of his Humanitarian-Mountaineering Expeditions with his daughter Lilliana. At 14 years old Lilliana has already been on 4 expeditions to Peru, Nepal, Antarctica and Africa, and all 7 continents!
The Finale will also feature the film Into Twin Galaxies – a Greenland Epic where 3 National Geographic “adventurers of the Year “ embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their white water kayaks over 1000 km of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled.