Abbey to screen climbing adventure movies

Reel Rock 7 Tour to come Thursday

The Reel Rock Film Tour will return to Durango on Thursday with four climbing adventure films at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Drive.

The movies will be shown twice, beginning at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. There will be prize giveaways, appearances by pro climbers and fundraising for nonprofits.

Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at local sponsor Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio. Tickets will cost $12 at the door. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.abbeytheatre.com/event/119690.

This is the seventh year of the tour, founded by Sports Emmy Award-winning producers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer. Last year, Reel Rock screened in more than 280 locations worldwide, drew more than 65,000 viewers, raised more than $15,000 for nonprofits and partnered with more than 150 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms.

Here are synopses of the films:

“Wide Boys”: American offwidth climbing has spawned a counterculture of rough-and-tumble characters who aren’t afraid to bleed their way up a route. So when two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the pond to eat up the gnarliest wide cracks in the West – including the first ascent of the world’s hardest offwidth known as Century Crack – it came as quite a shock.

“The Dura Dura”: Chris Sharma has been the “king” of sport climbing for 15 years and has created a mecca for hard routes near his home in Catalunya, Spain. Now, the Czech wunderkind, 19-year-old Adam Ondra, has come to Sharma’s home turf to take the torch. Sharma and Ondra battle to establish the world’s first 5.15c, while Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda shred women’s standards with strong ascents of their own.

“The Shark’s Fin”: Legendary alpinist Conrad Anker nurtured a 20-year obsession with The Shark’s Fin, a spectacular unclimbed granite buttress on the 20,703-foot Mount Meru in India. In 2008, Anker, with Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk, endured a grueling 18-day push to within hundreds of feet of the summit, only to be turned back. Three years later, the trio makes a tough decision to return despite Anker’s deep family ties and Oztruk’s ski accident just six months before the trip that resulted in a fractured skull, a broken neck and doubts about returning.

“Honnold 3.0”: Alex Honnold has become known as the boldest soloist of his generation. In this dangerous game, how does he balance pure ambition with self-preservation? From highball boulder first ascents to 5.13 free solos, from far-flung trad climbing adventures to speed records on The Nose, Honnold wrestles with his question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet – the Yosemite Triple. In less than 19 hours, he climbs Mount Watkins, El Capitan and Half Dome, 95 percent of it free solo.

jeisele@durangoherald.com