Banff Returns

Crossing the Ice, James Castrission & Justin Jones, 2011
Crossing the Ice, James Castrission & Justin Jones, 2011

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has returned to Vancouver and I’m going to both programs—Program A tonight and Program B on Saturday. I don’t know how many times I’ve been to this festival, but I started back in the early 90′s when I lived in Calgary. It’s not quite like being at the actual festival in Banff, but it’s damn good anyway. I get goosebumps every time I hear the music in the intro.


Wrenched, ML Lincoln Films, 2012

Wrenched is an upcoming documentary about Edward Abbey’s influence on the American environmental movement and the more radical groups like Earth First! The producers have started a funding drive on Indiegogo to cover the costs of production, but they have a long way to go and only 13 days to reach their goal. I hope they make it.

Cold, very cold

On the summit, Cory Richards, 2011
On the summit, Cory Richards, 20111

On February 2, Cory Richards, Simone Moro and Denis Urubko summited Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II (8,035m). This was the first winter summit of any peak in the Karakorum and Cory became the first American to summit any eight-thousander in winter.

For more insanity, Cory brought along a Canon 5D and filmed the whole thing. The result is a 19-minute short film that is already racking up a variety of awards, including Best Film at the Squamish Mountain Festival. I’m sure it’s been submitted to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, so I suspect there’s a good chance it will end up on the world tour. Keep an eye out for it.

I learned about the film via The Creak of Boots, a great blog about life on the trail.