10th Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour

Friday, September 25
Opening Reception at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium (Cannon Student Center)

Film begins at 8 p.m.

Lees-McRae will host the 10th Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour which delivers the year's most exhilarating climbing and adventure films. The films are screened in more than one hundred cities around the world and Lees-McRae is your destination for all the fun! 

The REEL ROCK Film Tour at Lees-McRae is hosted by Lees-McRae Outdoor Programs and benefits the Carolina Climbers Coalition and the Lees-McRae Rock Climbing Team. The event is free for all Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff. The event is open to the public and there is an $8 suggested donation.

We are pleased to announce that the Beech Mountain Brewing Company will be donating samples of their l craft beer during our opening reception. A big thank you to the Beech Mountain Ski Resort for their support!

This year's REEL ROCK includes exclusive premieres of short films by co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions that tell the stories of the most exciting vertical achievements from the past year, including an epic traverse across the jagged peaks of Patagonia, a rowdy pumpfest at 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, and an exclusive look at the history-making Dawn Wall free ascent. REEL ROCK 10 will feature athletes Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold and Daniel Woods, with a special tribute to the late Dean Potter. Audiences will share in moments of hilarity, struggle and triumph as these hardcore and often larger-than-life climbers take on awe-inspiring challenges.

From big walls to big moves, audiences around the world will be treated to a heartthumping program that will take them to the edge, and beyond. Here’s a closer look at this year’s lineup:

35 mins
The Fitz Roy traverse is one of the most sought after achievements in modern alpinism: a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing. Who knew it could be so much fun? Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring -- and at times hilarious -- quest that earned the Piolet d’Or.

20 mins
High ball bouldering -- where a fall could lead to serious injury -- is not for the faint of heart. Add to the equation a level of difficulty at climbing’s cutting edge, and things can get downright out of control. Follow Daniel Woods’ epic battle to conquer fear and climb the high ball test-piece The Process.

20 mins
24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell (24HHH) is the wildest event in the climbing world; a mashup of ultramarathon and Burning Man where elite climbers and gumbies alike go for broke in a sun-up to sun-down orgy of lactic acid and beer. But all fun aside, the competition is real: Can the team of Nic Berry and Mason Earle stand up against the allpowerful Alex Honnold?

6 mins
Dean Potter was the most iconic vertical adventurer of a generation. He has been an integral part of the REEL ROCK family since year one, starring in such classics as First Ascent, Fly or Die, Race for the Nose and Valley Uprising. Following his tragic death in May, the tour will include a stirring tribute to our friend and collaborator.

15 mins
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s epic final push to free climb the Dawn Wall was a truly historic feat. It marked the greatest climbing achievement of a generation and captured the world’s imagination. As our team works on a major feature film about the event slated for next year, REEL ROCK 10 will

Click here to view photos from the 2014 screening

Photos above courtesy of (left to right) Jim Hurst, Austin Siadak and Max Krimmer