Reel Rock Tour 2011

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The Caltech Alpine Club and The Arc are hosting Reel Rock Tour 2011 on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7.30 PM at Ramo Auditorium on Caltech's campus. This is our second showing of the Reel Rock Tour (here is the 2010 page), and this time we have the first showing in the Los Angeles area.

Tickets are now available at the Caltech Ticket Office. They are available in person, by U.S. mail, by fax, or by phone. Call (626) 395-4652 for tickets or walk to 332 South Michigan Avenue, one block south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena.

You may also be interested in the Banff Film Festival 2012. Same location, in March 2012.


The 2011 trailer is HERE! Get psyched:



As last year, we have an awesome raffle lined up for the show! So far (stay tuned for more stuff):

Please contact PT if you would like to contribute to the raffle.

Event Details

Winter ascent of Gasherbrum II, 8000m peak.
Nine year-old Ashima Shiraishi of New York boulders very, very hard.

The Reel Rock tour is a touring film festival of rock climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, and alpine climbing films in the vein of the successful Banff Mountain Film Festival but more focused on climbing. Two of the featured videos are of Will Gadd's otherworldly "spray-on" WI10 ice adventures, and Andy Lewis's daring slackline/BASE exploits.

Thanks to Student Affairs, Tom Mannion, and Dimitris Sakellariou for helping fund this event. Tickets are $12 in advance through Public Events, $15 at the door, and $5 for Caltech students. Contact PT or Hamik with questions.


The location is Ramo Auditorium on Caltech's campus in Pasadena (follow the link for a nice google map). This is inside the Baxter Hall building on the South side.

Here is a Caltech interactive campus map, and information on visitor parking. Parking after 5 PM is easy. We recommend you park in "Lot 11". Check back here for a Google Map!

The Films

From Reel Rock's film page:

  • Origins: Obe and Ashima: There's a nine year old girl from New York City taking the bouldering world by storm, and her name is Ashima Shiraishi. Under the tutelage of her passionate coach, Obe Carrion, this tiny master is crushing competitions and raising the bar for climbing's youth. Obe brings her to bouldering's proving ground, Hueco Tanks, TX, where he had his own big breakthrough 13 years earlier, and Ashima rips the place apart.
  • Race for The Nose: Welcome to the wildest competition known to man -- the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan. For 50 years, the best climbers in the world have been one-upping each other on this massive granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, racing up 3,000 feet of vertical rock in under three hours, and risking life and limb to shave mere seconds off the record time. We follow Dean Potter and Sean Leary on their attempt to break this legendary record on the classic route that has been the scene of epic rivalries, brutal accidents, and remains to this day a hotly contested prize.
  • Sketchy Andy: American climbing dirtbag Andy Lewis is taking the discipline of slacklining into the future as he solos the worlds longest high-lines and masters the hardest aerial tricks, all the while pushing his equipment to the limit. As Andy goes higher, harder and faster with climbing, slack and BASE, we all have to wonder how far he can go before it’s one step over the line.
  • Ice Revolution: At British Columbia's spectacular Helmcken Falls, a revolution is taking place, led by Canadian maniac Will Gadd. After 30+ years of ice climbing, Gadd has finally realized his dream of climbing radically overhanging, heinously difficult ice. Gadd and Tim Emmett dodge exploding 30 foot icicle bombs and send the hardest pure ice climb in the world, but they swear it's just the first step in a whole new direction for the sport.
  • Project Dawn Wall: Tommy Caldwell is the master of big wall free climbing. He's devoted the last decade of his life to opening free routes on Yosemite's El Capitan, rewriting climbing history in the process. Now he's three seasons deep into his ultimate project - the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall. Joined by bouldering specialist Kevin Jorgeson, Tommy makes his first big ground-up push, pulling pitch after pitch of 5.14 first ascents before an epic storm shuts the team down until next year…
  • Cold: Over the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan's 8,000 meter peaks in winter. In February 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and Corey Richards became the first to achieve this alpine dream by summiting Gasherbrum II, surviving -50 degree temperatures and a massive avalanche. Richards captured both the glory and the pain of their adventure in this raw and moving, first-person look at modern super-alpinism.

See Also

Previous film festivals

The club has organized film festivals in years past


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