Each year, adventurers, climbers, filmmakers, photographers, writers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts descend on this mountain town to take in the Banff Mountain Festival. Hosted at The Banff Centre from October 30 to November 7, 2010, this year’s line-up offers a front row ticket to a great time.
You can still get your tickets for notable events, including speakers Alex Honnold and Peter Croft and author of Every Lost Country, Steven Heighton. A particularly unique event is the convergence of two artists who originally met in Banff and were inspired by each other’s work. On November 4, be sure to check out John Vaillant, author of The Golden Spruce, and filmmaker Sasha Snow together on stage and find out where their work has taken them now.
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Some of the highlights this year include Greg Mortensen, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, who is returning to the festival to speak about his work promoting education in rural regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Unfortunately this November 5 event is already sold out, but perhaps you’ll see Mortensen strolling around The Banff Centre campus between speaking engagements.
Of course Radical Reels makes its annual appearance on November 2 and the Feature Length Films and other film screenings provide bookends on both weekends of the Festival experience. This year line up features some of the best films that festival organizers have ever seen entered in the annual Festival. One particularly anticipated film is Nanga Parbat, the story of Reinhold and Gunther Messner’s ascent of one of the most famous mountain faces in the world. Be sure to check out the full festival schedule.
A number of free events at the Banff Mountain Festival allow you to take in the action without spending any money. The Short Show, for instance, will feature young Canadian filmmakers in celebration of 125 years of national parks in Canada. Be sure to check out the Big Topic Breakfast Conversations, Words and Wine, the Tradeshow, Mountain Art and Craft Sale and more!