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Best of Climbing

June 9 - 16 / 2021

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Join us for our online Best of Climbing Show featuring four films including three historic Grand Prize winning films that tell the incredible stories about tackling the unimaginable and sharing the emotional tales of the children of acclaimed alpinists. Plus there will be a live virtual workshop from adventure photographer Corey Rich, and two climbing clinics hosted by Arc’teryx athletes Alannah Yip & Will Stanhope.

Ticket Info

Pricing: $15 CAD

Viewing period:

Wed, June 9 at noon PDT – Wed, June 23 at 11:59pm PDT*

*Ticket sales end at 11:59pm PDT on Wednesday June 16. This show includes access to view all the films, clinics and workshop listed below.

Films, Clinics & Workshop

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Corey Rich: Making Powerful Climbing Photography

LIVE WORKSHOP

Wed June 9 | 6-7:30pm PDT | Zoom

There’s always more to an image than meets the eye. Corey Rich is one of the most prolific photographers of the adventure world - and he’s here to share it all. If you’re a climber and you want to make better pictures of your exploits, then this seminar is for you. Join award-winning photographer and filmmaker Corey Rich for a live workshop about climbing photography.

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Salathé: Blood, Sweat and Bagels

THE VIMFF GRAND PRIZE WINNER 2002

United Kingdom | 2002 | 50 mins

Neil Bentley and Richard Heap had a dream to tackle one of the world's most spectacular and difficult free-climbs, the 3000-foot "Salathé Wall" on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This film follows their incredible adventure as they try to come to grips with the unremitting nature of the granite terrain, during five days of living in a vertical world, while dealing with the conflict that arises when dreams meet reality.

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K2: Touching The Sky

THE VIMFF GRAND PRIZE WINNER 2015

Poland | 2015 | 52 mins

In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2, the second highest mountain on the planet. Soon, the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead.

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Soul Deep

United States | 2020 | 15 mins

In the heart of Soulsville in South Memphis, Tennessee, a revolution is happening. And it all starts with climbing. This is the story of Memphis Rox, a climbing gym that has transcended the classic model of business. With a “pay what you can” approach, Memphis Rox is more than a gym, and bigger than climbing.

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Sport Climbing Progression with Alannah Yip

ONLINE CLIMBING CLINIC | 16 mins

Join Olympian climber and Arc'teryx athlete Alannah Yip for this virtual, pre-recorded sport climbing clinic targeted towards beginner to intermediate sport climbers. The main focus of this course will be to provide the best tips and tricks to enhance your ability to excel whilst clipping bolts.

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Crack Climbing with Will Stanhope

ONLINE CLIMBING CLINIC | 16 mins

Join Arc'teryx Athlete Will Stanhope for this virtual, pre-recorded crack climbing clinic which will cover crack climbing, jamming techniques and lead strategies. It was created for climbers who are just getting started with traditional climbing outdoors.

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In The Shadow Of The Chief

THE VIMFF GRAND PRIZE WINNER 2004

Canada | 2003 | 50 mins

In May 1961, amidst the snow-capped mountains and verdant forests of Canada's West coast, Jim Baldwin and Ed Cooper, commit to a first ascent up the 'unclimbable' Stawamus Chief. Within two weeks, 12,000 cars full of onlookers crowd the base of the Chief while the climbers braved relentless heat, mosquitoes and a barrage of reporters.

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You will have the opportunity to donate during the ticket purchase process.

Belay All is a collective who use the pursuit of climbing to hold space for individual and community growth. They work together to challenge the norms and dream of the ways to be together that are radical, thoughtful, anti-oppressive, and emergent. At their events, voices and identities are centered to help establish equity in all climbing spaces. Learn more: @belay.all.

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