You don’t have to be a rock climber or a mountaineer to appreciate the outer limits of human ability and endurance to which these athletes often push themselves. For the past five years Colorado College graduate Pete Mortimer (’97) has been helping to curate Reel Rock, a mini touring film festival (see trailer above) that features most daring and innovative climbers and mountaineers from around the world. This year’s festival includes films about a free climber who uses a base parachute instead of ropes to ascend some of the most spectacular climbs in the world by himself; a speed-climber and alpinist who climbs the Eiger in under 3 hours (see clip below); and two young men from Boulder who complete the most technically difficult bouldering routes in the world (listen to interview about the film below).

The festival runs around two hours with an intermission tonight at Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College Campus. A complete list and description of the films can be found HERE. Ticket information can be found HERE.

We interviewed Pete Mortimer about the festival and the recent history of climbing that his festival has been documenting.

Pete Mortimer Reel Rock Interview

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

He also talks about “The Hardest Moves” about the two young boulderers, which he helped film.

Pete Mortimer Discusses “The Hardest Moves”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

Comments are closed.

News

TNS via Getty Images
July 2, 2015 | NPR · After two TV networks, Univision and NBC, dropped broadcasts of Miss USA and Miss Universe – pageants which Trump co-owns – a different network will broadcast the programming, according to The AP
 

Reuters/Landov
July 2, 2015 | NPR · The State Law Enforcement Division says that there was no evidence of criminal intent at the church in Greeleyville, S.C., on Tuesday. Thunderstorms had passed through the area that night.
 

iStockphoto
July 2, 2015 | NPR · The White House has ordered a review of the government’s system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.
 

Arts & Life

A24
July 2, 2015 | NPR · A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.
 

July 2, 2015 | NPR · Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.
 

July 2, 2015 | NPR · Maria from Sesame Street — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is retiring after more than 40 years. NPR reports on the Hispanic pioneer’s impact on generations of children.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
July 2, 2015 | WXPN · Yes, you heard right: Outlaw is this L.A. country singer’s mother’s maiden name.
 

Courtesy of the artist/Universal Musica
July 2, 2015 | WXPN · Hear about a style of music that’s just as popular in the U.S. as it is in Mexico.
 

iStockphoto
July 2, 2015 | NPR · From more than 3,000 listener suggestions, we’ve whittled the mix down to 99 songs you say are perfect for long summer drives. Stream the playlist here.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab