This is quite a time for adventure film buffs. Free Solo is smashing documentary records and slickening palms across the country, and The Dawn Wall is warming hearts in screenings all over the place, surely it’s playing tonight at a mountain town near you. And now, on their heels, Reel Rock 13 comes blazing, about to embark on a massive nationwide tour.
Reel Rock 13 features four films, each one looks like it would pack a theater all by itself, let alone as a part of a mini-festival of radness.
Age of Ondra is a biopic featuring one of the world’s best and most intriguing climbers—25-year-old Adam Ondra. He’s already claimed the hardest sport climb ever done, a 5.15d in Norway he completed last year. Now he wants to nail another 5.15 on his very first go. This film takes a deep dive into Ondra’s, let’s say, unusual, training methods, and the focus he’s bringing to pushing climbing further and further.
Up to Speed is a perfectly named film that shows the lightning-quick world of speed climbing. Ever climbed a 15-meter wall in less than six seconds? Probably not. If you had, you’d likely be competing for a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, when sport climbing will make its debut.
Queen Maud Land follows Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, Savannah Cummins, Alex Honnold, Anna Pfaff, and Cedar Wright around Antarctica as they attempt to climb frozen rock spires in one of the most remote, hostile, and beautiful places on earth. If you watched some of their attempts via Instagram, here’s your chance get much closer and more personal in a theater.
Valley of the Moon is the story of American climber Madaleine Sorkin teaming with Israeli climbers to establish an 1,800-foot route up the towering sandstone walls of Wadi Rum in Jordan. It’s a stark, stunning landscape full of cultural barriers that also must be climbed.
The films are embarking on a tour starting on November 1 in Boulder, Colorado, and lasting through at least May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On its way across the globe, Rock Reel 13 will be screening hundreds of times, many of which will be in theaters across the country. There will also be three “Fests,” in Boulder, San Francisco, and NYC with side events and climbing talks, classes, you name it. Check out the trailer below, and nab a ticket when the show rolls through your town.
Photo: Cedar Wright