Rock climbing celebrated at LTCC film festival |

Rock climbing celebrated at LTCC film festival

Linda Bottjer
Preteen Ashima Shiraishi flouts the laws of gravity in the Reel Rock Film Tour.

Some witness the towering mountain slopes like Trippy Rock outside Incline Village or the Pie Shop near South Lake Tahoe and think, “nice view.”

Then there are those people full of adventure, and agility, who look up and soon break free of terra firma to ascend the rocks.

The Tahoe Adventure Film Festival understands both types and is sponsoring an event sure to churn stomachs, curl toes and send inspiration soaring.

The Reel Rock Film Tour stops Friday, Oct. 7, at Lake Tahoe.

Now in its sixth year, the event features five films starring the best of rock and ice climbers and their global quests.

Across boulders and buttresses they scamper, scramble and push to get past the most difficult sections of the climb know as the crux. Battles against the elements, equipment and a climber’s own self-doubts are documented in fast-moving and often dizzying clips.

“Slacklife” follows Andy Lewis as he solos along the world’s longest high-lines. Still not content he also spins and dives almost effortlessly while demonstrating his mastery of high altitude aerial tricks.

Lewis is an artist who uses air as his canvas.

Take one massive granite monolith soaring 3,000 feet into the sky in Yosemite National Park. Add legendary climbers Dean Potter and Sean Leary, their well-known rivalry to repeatedly conquer El Capitan and the plot and characters for “Race for the Nose” is set.

To accomplish the goal, in less than three hours, means finding ways to cut time.

Blood and guts will be demonstrated, literally and figuratively, along the wild route to the apex.

British Columbia’s Helmcken Falls drop straight down more than 450 feet.

Winter’s brutal cold creates spectacular ice sculptures that like sirens tempt climber Will Gadd and partner Tim Emmett to a death defying feat.

The climb as documents in “Ice Revolution” is complicated by more than wind and dropping temperatures. Falling icicles, larger than a Volkswagen Bug, threaten the daredevil athletes on crampons.

Super alpinism fully describes the passion of Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and Corey Richards to conquer Gasherbrum II one of Pakistan’s highest peaks during winter in the film aptly called “Cold.” The feat attempted by many only to end in failure is an on-going battle of will in one of the world’s least hospitable places.

Fans of the sport will want to remember Ashima Shiraishi’s name. Not yet a teenager this urban climber from New York City represents the future in the present. She challenges the laws of gravity by practicing in Central Park and bouldering at the Mecca of the sport – Hueco Tanks, Texas.

Bouldering is accomplished on rock formations low enough that ropes are not required.

“Origins: Obe and Ashima” follows Shiraishi training with Obe Carrion and her ascension to success through hard work and failures.

“Project Dawn Wall” documents famed big wall free climber Tommy Caldwell quest for new greatness.

Having dominated the sport on epic routes like the Kryptonite along Colorado’s Fortress of Solitude he set his talents on opening new free routes on Yosemite’s El Capitan.

The film highlights an expert at the top of his game able to battle and conquer many obstacles including Mother Nature’s explosive fury.

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