Last week Ben and I went to check out this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival lineup. Though they weren't quite as impressive as last year's selection, it was still a fun couple of evenings watching them and trying (in vain) to win some of the raffle prizes!
Our favourites from this year:
A pretty "out there" idea for an adventure - four Texans breaking in a herd of wild mustang and riding them from Texas to Canada. Beautifully filmed, and a great mix of inspirational adventure, comedy, and suspense. Definitely worth a watch.
A team's journey to take the ultimate photograph - a skier in front of the solar eclipse. We actually preferred the photo that the photographer, Reuben Krabbe, originally became known for, but the final shot was still pretty epic! We particularly liked this one for the nostalgia, since it was set in Svalbard, where Ben and I met in 2008.
An attempt to be the first person to kayak over Niagara Falls. Although overall this wasn't nearly as good an adventure as the other two films above, we really liked how (SPOILER ALERT) at the end of the film, Rafa (the kayaker), didn't actually make an attempt on Niagara. He decided it was too much risk. And this is definitely something that we felt we could really empathise with. Obviously the rapids we do are way less risky, but deciding not to go for something that you've been planning for, something that you really want to do, is a pretty humbling experience. As anyone who has retreated from a mountain or backed off from a pitch that they felt was outside their acceptable level of risk will know. We liked that despite that, they still put together a good film. In fact, that's definitely the main reason why we liked it!