Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Best of Climbing Show

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Stream from June 9 at 1pm MT to June 23 at 12:59am MT


Ticket sales end at 12:59am MT on Wed. Jun. 16.

This show includes access to view all the films, clinics and workshop listed below.

artsPlace is a proud affiliate in bringing the 24th Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presented by Arc'teryx to the Bow Valley.

Join virtually, June 9-16, for the online Best of Climbing Show featuring three films including two historic Grand Prize winners that tell the incredible stories about tackling the unimaginable and sharing the emotional tales of the children of acclaimed alpinists. Plus there will be a live virtual workshop from adventure photographer Corey Rich, and two climbing clinics hosted by Arc’teryx athletes Alannah Yip & Will Stanhope.

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*This event is presented externally from artsPlace. A portion of ticket sales for this program will come back to our community arts centre, but this program is sold and presented through the VIMFF streaming platform. Member and DAAP benefits, credits and gift certificates are not applicable. Ticketing inquiries should be directed to VIMFF at [email protected].

Film & Workshop Line-Up

Salathé: Blood, Sweat and Bagels

United Kingdom | 2002 | 50 mins

Neil Bentley and Richard Heap had a dream to tackle one of the world's most spectacular and difficult free-climbs, the 3000-foot "Salathé Wall" on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This film follows their incredible adventure as they try to come to grips with the unremitting nature of the granite terrain, during five days of living in a vertical world, while dealing with the conflict that arises when dreams meet reality.

K2: Touching The Sky

Poland | 2015 | 52 mins

In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2, the second highest mountain on the planet. Soon, the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead. Almost 30 years later, Eliza Kubarska brings together an international group of grown-up children of the acclaimed climbers that set out on an expedition to reach the K2 base camp.

Soul Deep

United States | 2020 | 15 mins

In the heart of Soulsville in South Memphis, Tennessee, a revolution is happening. And it all starts with climbing. This is the story of Memphis Rox, a climbing gym that has transcended the classic model of business. With a “pay what you can” approach, Memphis Rox is more than a gym, and bigger than climbing. It’s a glimpse into the future, where a climbing gym can become a crucible for diversity, inclusivity and community.

Sport Climbing Progression with Alannah Yip


Join Olympian climber and Arc'teryx athlete Alannah Yip for this virtual, pre-recorded sport climbing clinic targeted towards beginner to intermediate sport climbers. The main focus of this course will be to provide the best tips and tricks to enhance your ability to excel whilst clipping bolts.

Crack Climbing with Will Stanhope


Join Arc'teryx Athlete Will Stanhope for this virtual, pre-recorded crack climbing clinic which will cover crack climbing, jamming techniques and lead strategies. It was created for climbers who are just getting started with traditional climbing outdoors.

Corey Rich: Making Powerful Climbing Photography

Wed June 9 | 6-7:30pm PDT | Zoom

There’s always more to an image than meets the eye. Corey Rich is one of the most prolific photographers of the adventure world - and he’s here to share it all. If you’re a climber and you want to make better pictures of your exploits, then this seminar is for you.

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