Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Catch mountain fever

Banff Mountain Film Festival inspires no bed rest

Express Staff Writer

Scene from the film “The Gimp Monkeys” which was shot on Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. Courtesy photo

    Looking for a celebration of no excuses? This year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, back in town Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, has a lineup this year that will provide that and more.
    A perfect example is the Gimp Monkeys, outdoor radicals who also happen to have physical limitations, and a dream to tackle some of the world’s iconic challenges. This year, “The Gimp Monkeys” short tells of their effort to ascend Yosemite’s El Capitan.
    The Banff festival is an international film competition featuring the world’s best footage on mountain subjects. The original festival, which began in 1976, is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta. It began touring in 1986. The world tour provides a first-class experience in a local venue and 2013 marks the 13th year that the festival has come to Sun Valley.
    Nineteen films will be shown over both nights with diverse content covering mountain culture, travel, human interest and a wide array of sports including skiing and curling.
    “Crossing the Ice” is the story of Australian adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones, who set out to complete an unassisted journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back. Packed with drama, humor, great adventure and lots of surprises, the film is a broad spectrum pleaser that picked up multiple awards, including Banff’s Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.
    “Petzl RocTrip China” is a climbing film that combines exotic location with a solid sound track of infectious music and cultures coming together. It won the Banff Centre Award for Creative Excellence.
    For a complete listing of films, visit and for tickets or information call Michael Boge at 661-3857. Tickets can be found at Backwoods Mountain Sports, The Elephant’s Perch and Chapter One Bookstore.
    The films will be shown starting after a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Before the films begin, guests can peruse the contest winners from year’s past, take part in a raffle and take home coffee samples from Kicking Horse Coffee.
    The festival is being offered in conjunction with the Friends of the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center and the 2013 Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
    Proceeds from the event will go to support the Friends as well as the Satipo Kids Project, said organizer Michael Boge. The Satipo Kids Project funds 34 school-age children from Peru to attend school.
    Tickets are $14 in advance and $15 at the door.

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