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October 27 – November 4

Climbing/Mountaineering

John HarlinThe Eiger Obsession

In 2005, John Harlin III decided to return to the Alps and face the Eiger for himself. His book The Eiger Obsession: Facing the Mountain that Killed My Father is a memoir of his family and his emotional quest to climb the mountain.

Presentation. Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.


Ed ViestursNo Shortcuts to the Top

On May 12, 2005 Ed Viesturs realized an 18-year goal to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000-metre peaks without supplemental oxygen. His autobiography No Shortcuts to the Top, was released in 2006.

Steph Davis – High Infatuation

Steph Davis is a record-setting free climber who has made the fastest female free ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite. Her adventures are recounted in her recent book High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity.

Presentation. Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.


Voices of Adventure: Geoff Powter interviews Jim Bridwell

This year’s voices of adventure interview will feature Jim Bridwell, one of the world’s foremost alpinists who is credited with over 100 first ascents in the Yosemite Valley.

Presentation. Friday, November 2, 10:30 - 11:40 a.m.


Sue and Phil Ershler – Together on Top of the World

To coincide with the five-year anniversary of their Seven Summits achievement, Phil and Susan Ershler have captured the story of their partnership in Together On Top of the World, which details the mental and physical struggles the couple pushed past while climbing the highest mountain on every continent.

Reading. Friday, November 3, Literary Lunch Break, noon to 1 p.m.

Krzysztof Wielicki

In more than three decades of climbing, Polish mountaineer Krzysztof Wielicki has concentrated his efforts on difficult or new routes or first winter ascents — and in 1997 he became the fifth person in the world to climb all fourteen 8000-metre peaks — half of them solo and three (Everest, Lhotse and Kangchenjunga) as first winter ascents.

The Alps

John Harlin’s story is the focus of the latest IMAX film, The Alps. A special screening of The Alps will follow Krzysztof Wielicki's presentation in the Eric Harvie Theatre, with an introduction by John Harlin. A selection of films in competition will also be screened.

Sponsored by Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Presentation and film. Friday, November 2, 8:00 p.m.


Lincoln HallDead Lucky

Lincoln Hall is one of Australia’s best-known mountaineers. Hall’s eighth book, Dead Lucky: Life After Death on Mount Everest, is his personal account of his climb of Everest and of a tragic season on the mountain.

Presentation. Saturday, November 3, 8:00 p.m.


Retro Reels — Fred Padula and El Capitan

After 30 years, El Capitan remains one of the most memorable films screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Fred Padula’s classic 1979 film follows a three-day ascent of the 1000-metre Nose route on El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley. Padula brings the film back to Banff this year to present its world premiere screening in a HDTV digitally remastered format.

Presentation and film. Saturday, November 3, 8:00 p.m.


Climbing/Mountaineering Films

Aerialist   (October 27 at 3:30 p.m.)

The Beckoning Silence   (November 3 and 4)

Committed   (November 3 and 4)

Committed: Keen Youth   (October 27 at noon)

Committed: To Grit   (October 30)

Death on Nanga Parbat (Tod am Nanga Parbat — Die Messner-Tragödie)   (November 3)

Un Désert Vertical (Vertical Desert)   (November 3)

Facing Obsession   (October 28 at 7:30 p.m.)

Great Day for Climbing   (November 2)

Higher Ground: Black Canyon   (November 3 and 4)

Higher Ground: Mountain Photographer   (October 27 at 3:30 p.m.)

Ice Mines   (November 3 and 4)

King Lines   (November 3 and 4)

Remnants of Everest   (November 3)

Set in Stone   (November 3)

Yamabushi   (October 27 at 7:30 p.m.)

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