Be free, mountain people! Here are Highline’s picks (hand-selected by Kristy Davison our editor-in-chief) for having a hoot at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival AND being able to afford groceries this month.
October 30 – Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Kick-off Party
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival with a Kick-Off party in Banff Avenue Square featuring live music by the Bitterweed Draw, special Festival guests, and bonfires followed by an after party at Wild Bill’s Saloon in Banff.
October 31 + November 1 – Mountain Art and Craft Sale at the Eric Harvie Lobby
You will find original and wonderfully unique items handcrafted by regional mountain artists from Alberta and British Columbia. The local’s choice for early Christmas shopping! Preview this year’s community of craftspeople here.
November 5 – Old Style Storytelling Session (HIGHLINE TEAM FAVOURITE)
If you can make it to this one, you won’t regret it. Listen to old-school and off the cuff tales from some of the Rockies’ best story-tellers. Leanne Allison, Andrew Brash, Patsy Murphy, Roy Anderson, and Barb Renner. The event is hosted by Chic Scott – without gadgets, gizmos or gear – all acoustic, all the time.
November 6 – Words and Wine: A Mountain Reading
Cozy up at this great gathering featuring undertones of adventure, hints of humour, and full-bodied tales with mountain-writers Brandon Pullan, James Edward Mills, and Lyndsie Bourgon. Book signing to follow presentation.
November 6-8 – Mountain Marketplace
Purchase the latest in gear and apparel from Festival partners and industry leaders. Browse and buy top-selling mountain books signed by your favorite authors. Book your next adventure. Purchase unique mountain gifts from a selection of the best local artisans. Come say hi to the Highline gang and win yourself some great prizes from Peak Performance and Sundance Lodge at our booth in Laszlo Funtek 222.
November 7 – Alpinist Writing Workshop: A Summit of One’s Own
Join writers Angie Abdou, Bernadette McDonald, Margo Talbot, Jan Redford and Majka Burhardt for a discussion of mountain literature by and about women, moderated by Katie Ives, editor-in-chief of Alpinist Magazine, and presented by Alpinist and Imaginary Mountain Surveyors.
November 7 – National Geographic “Your Shot” Photo Tour with Cory Richards
Join National Geographic photographers and staff for a photo walk. Have fun, get outside and take pictures of beautiful Banff! Tour will be lead by climber and adventurer Cory Richards (International Jury member – Banff Mountain Film Competition).
To all of our writer and photographer friends: you have to check this one out! Learn how to pitch your story ideas to National Geographic magazines, books, and related digital media. Current editorial trends and story development process will be covered. Have your questions answered by senior editors.
November 7 – Happy Hour with Highline and the ACC (HIGHLINE TEAM FAVOURITE)
Come get loopy with us! Entry to the event is free. Purchase a commemorative 40th Anniversary stein and get yourself a free beer to go with it! Steins available at the Highline and ACC booths.
November 7/8 – Hot Topics Seminars
Update Nepal: Nepal is one of the most impoverished countries in the world so when disaster struck in the form of earthquakes early this year, things seemed especially desperate. Is there more for us to do to help Nepal back on its feet than by simply providing aid for rebuilding? A panel of mountain guides, sherpas and journalists joins us to discuss the current crisis.
Adventuring into the Mainstream: Earlier this year, we saw live action cameras set up at the base of El Capitan, fixed on Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on their quest to be the first to free climb the Dawn Wall, later documented in publications like The New York Times, Men’s Journal and Vanity Fair. Does mainstream media attention compromise the success of teams during expeditions and hinder the authenticity of adventure, or does it contribute to it? A panel of athletes and media experts joins us to discuss this new phenomenon.
November 7/8 – A Virtual Reality Field Trip to Yosemite with Tommy Caldwell or Alex Honnold
We can’t wait to see how this works. Take a virtual reality field trip with Google Expeditions led by Tommy Caldwell (Nov 8) or Alex Honnold (Nov 7). You’ll travel up one of Yosemite’s most iconic climbs : the Nose. Using Google Cardboard, which transforms any smartphone into a virtual reality viewer, groups of people can travel together to destinations around the world.
For further information or to buy tickets visit https://www.banffcentre.ca/festival-schedule