Banff Wrap-Up

I have to say that the second night of Banff was spectacular.  I mean mind blowing awesome. It was so exciting compared to the first night. The only film that wasn't great was the feature film, Finding Farley. It was a good concept, but 63 minutes of watching people canoe across Canada wasn't that exciting.  In my opinion, they could have told the story in about 15 minutes.

The first film was called Medeoz and was such a different and intriguing concept!  The main character managed to capture, in one frame, the six master mountain sports: skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, mountaineering, speed-riding, and base jumping. It was directed and produced by Guillaume Broust and is worth checking out below.

Medeoz – outdoor games 2008

And the night only got better!  Africa Revolutions Tour featured a group of people who went white water kayaking all over Africa. It was really exciting to see them kayaking Murchison Falls in Uganda. I went on a Nile boat tour there once, but I can't seem to find my pictures from that trip.  I hope I didn't lose them!

My all-time favorite film at Banff was First Ascent: Alone on the Wall. It was an incredible story of Alex Honnold, the world's best free solo rock climber, and it left me sitting on the edge of my seat for the entire film.  He climbs without a harness, rope, or any type of safety feature.  On April 1, 2008, he free-soloed Moonlight Buttress, but everyone assumed it was an April Fool's Day joke.  Alone on the Wall showcases Alex's successful attempt to climb Half Dome in Yosemite, at amazing 2,000 feet high. You can see a small portion of the film here.  I wish I had a better clip to show you, but it doesn't look like there are any online. I can tell you for certain, you definitely wont see me free-soloing anything in the future – whether its 100 feet or 2,000 feet!

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