Reel Rock Film Festival featuring rock climbing feats, hits Asheville

I’m no rock climber, but I got serious chills just watching the REEL ROCK Film Festival trailer.

It’s the 13th year for the festival, which offers “breathtaking action, soulful journeys and wild humour”, and you can catch it in Asheville on Friday, November 9 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square, ( 18 Biltmore Ave.) Movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 at

The popular film festival presents incredible stories of perseverance, hardship and achievement in the world of outdoor adventure. It’s better than any action movie, because the stories are true.

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REEL ROCK 13 kicked off November 8 in Boulder, Colorado and will hold screenings in over 450 locations around the world.

This year’s Reel Rock Film Tour, presented by The North Face, features four action-packed documentary shorts. Each showcases the stories and personalities behind some of rock climbing’s most gifted and extraordinary talents.

Adam Ondra works a new 5.15b at Acephale in Canmore, Alberta.

The range includes:

  • Queen Maud Land:Alex Honold, Jimmy Chin and a group of four other elite climbers tackle the frozen towers of Antarctica.
  • Moon Valley:“Two Israelis and a local Bedouin guide together chart a new route in Jordan.
  • “Up to Speed:” A look at this little-known and rarely practiced sub-discipline of the sport and the role it will play in the future of climbing. He will make his debut at the 2020 Winter Olympics.
  • “Ondra’s Age:” A unique inside look at 25-year-old Czech grinder Adam Ondra, one of the greatest athletes of all time, following Ondra from his home in the Czech Republic, across Europe to North America, as he he innovates new training methods, establishes first ascents of the top echelon and tries to be the first person to send 5.15 on the first attempt.

Check Reel Rock trailer here.