October 14, 2016
By Keili Bartlett
It’s that time of year again. The temperature is dropping and the excitement is building for the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, October 29 to November 6.
With more than 75 film presentations – not to mention the storytelling from world-class photographers, climbers and authors – deciding which events to attend won’t be easy.
Kick off the festival a talk from Sonnie Trotter, a Canadian rock climber who made the first and second ascents of Cobra Crack in Squamish, BC, and other infamously difficult climbs. The event will be followed by a screening of Mirror Wall, where filmmaker Matt Pycroft describes the challenging conditions (and polar bears) encountered while shooting in Greenland.
Get your adrenaline rush at Radical Reels November 1, one of the most popular nights of the festival. Climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright hosts a night of action-packed films of extreme sports and adventurous athletes.
Go back in time on November 2 with the world premiere of Banff’s epic love story. Drawing Home follows Peter and Catharine Whyte as they meet in art school, fall in love and start what would become their influential and famous landscape paintings of Banff. Shot in Banff and starring local Juan Riedinger (you may have seen him in Narcos), Drawing Home introduces Calgary’s Julie Lynn Mortensen. Kate Mulgrew (Red from Orange is the New Black) also joined the cast of a long list of Hollywood favourites. Watch the movie and check out the real-life Whyte collection at the Whyte Museum & Archives, down the street from the Lux Cinema.
On November 3, check out the presentation of the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition awards with one of the festival headliners Catherine Destivelle. The celebrated alpinists and author – who climbed some of the French Alps’ highest peaks –was the first woman to see her name attributed to a climbing route.
Destivelle’s former climbing rival, Lynn Hill, is also headlining the festival. Both women are known for completing first solo ascents in a time when the sport was dominated by men.
Hill achieved the first free ascent of the Nose in Yosemite National Park, the largest wall climb in the world and a climb she repeated a year later in less than one day. Hear her stories in an interview on stage November 5 with author and climber Greg Child.
After building appetite at the film and book events, get your fill at Banff Lake Louise Tourism’s culinary celebration, Taste For Adventure. Running alongside the festival October 24 to November 6, the event sees more than 30 of Banff’s best restaurants offering fixed price lunch and dinner menus created just for the event. Get a group together to share your own stories over a great meal.
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