Transylvania Mountain Festival team and its Canadian partner The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Society are happy to invite you to a special summer online show: Best of Climbing  by VIMFF.

Viewing period: June 9 – 23, 2021. All films that are part of this show will be available to view from noon on Wednesday June 9, 2021 (PDT) until 11:59pm on Wednesday Jun 23, 2021 (PDT)

The online Best of Climbing Show features four films including three historic Grand Prize winning films that tell the incredible stories about tackling the unimaginable and sharing the emotional tales of the children of acclaimed alpinists.

SALATHÉ: Blood, Sweat And Bagels (United Kingdom, 50 mins, Director: Richard Heap) Neil Bentley and Richard Heap had a dream to tackle one of the world’s most spectacular and difficult free-climbs, the 3000-foot “Salathé Wall” on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. This film follows their incredible adventure as they try to come to grips with the unremitting nature of the granite terrain, during five days of living in a vertical world, while dealing with the conflict that arises when dreams meet reality.

K2: Touching The Sky ( Poland, 52 mins, Eliza Kubarska) In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world met to climb K2, the second highest mountain on the planet. Soon, the season transforms into a series of tragic events called “black summer”, leaving 13 climbers dead. Almost 30 years later, Eliza Kubarska, the director of the film, brings together an international group of grown-up children of the acclaimed climbers that set out on an expedition to reach the K2 base camp.

In The Shadow Of The Chief ( Canada, 50 mins, Ivan Hughes) A classic Squamish climbing film about the first ascent of the Grand Wall of the Stawamus Chief. In May 1961, amidst the snow-capped mountains and verdant forests of Canada’s West coast, Jim Baldwin and Ed Cooper, commit to a first ascent up the ‘unclimbable’ Stawamus Chief. Within two weeks, 12,000 cars full of onlookers crowd the base of the Chief while the climbers braved relentless heat, mosquitoes and a barrage of reporters. This historical climbing film shares the story about two determined climbers that make an epic first ascent while gathering a community that rallies behind them.

Soul Deep (United States, 15 mins, Dominic Gill) In the heart of Soulsville in South Memphis, Tennessee, a revolution is happening. And it all starts with climbing. This is the story of Memphis Rox, a climbing gym that has transcended the classic model of business. With a “pay what you can” approach, Memphis Rox is more than a gym, and bigger than climbing. It’s a glimpse into the future, where a climbing gym can become a crucible for diversity, inclusivity and community.

Further on, the Best of Climbing show hosts the live virtual workshop from adventure photographer Corey Rich, and two climbing clinics hosted by Arc’teryx athletes Alannah Yip & Will Stanhope.

Since we know we are all part of an incredible outdoor community, we hope you will enjoy this show too!


For those interested to book their online tickets, you are welcome to access the link below: