Reel outdoorsy adventures

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By The Staff

Discover what is possible for climbers and mountaineers who follow their dreams.
The Reel Rock Film Tour will have showings at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Reel Deal Theater as a benefit for The Family YMCA’s climbing program. The film features cinematography of climbers pushing their limits on rock and ice. A post-show party and climbing gear raffle will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Y.
The Reel Rock Film Tour features jaw-dropping scenes of athleticism and nature and humorous escapades, as well.
The Los Alamos Mountaineers club describes The Reel Rock Film Tour in their online calendar (http://lamountaineers.org/) as “a collection of short climbing films that capture the essence of life in the vertical world.
From boulders to big walls, speed ascents, snow and ice, and sport climbing, Reel Rock delivers the latest and very best climbing action.”  The Reel Rock Film Tour is inspiration not only for conquering outdoor adventures, but for triumph in everyday life. The climbers featured in the short films show us what can be accomplished with dedication and commitment to facing the challenges of life head on.   
 “I would definitely see it again! These stories are awesome,” said Ericka Becker, Y climbing instructor. “They are so entertaining and since watching this film, I realize that they have encouraged me to draw on my own inner strength and live my life to the fullest.”   
Jim O’Donnell, director of operations at the Reel Deal Theatre said, “It’s one of the most amazing outdoor films I’ve seen. I think it’s inspirational, especially for kids and young adults, in more than just the rock climbing sense — hopefully this film will motivate people to seek out more adventures outdoors, get active, and get healthier.” O’Donnell liked the films so much, he donated the theatre for the showings.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 each and can be purchased at The Family YMCA and The Reel Deal Theater.
Each ticket includes entrance to the post-show party and a gear raffle at the Y’s climbing wall on Saturday.
The gear raffle includes donations from CB Fox in Los Alamos, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works in Santa Fe, REI in Santa Fe, Petzl, Larabar and Clif  Bar.
Proceeds from the event will assist the Y Adventure Department’s climbing programs.
For more information on the Reel Rock Film Tour, contact Sandra West at 662-3100 or at swest@laymca.org. Visit www.reelrocktour.com/ to see the trailer.


If you go

What: Reel Rock Film Tour
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
and 4 p.m Saturday
Where: Reel Deal Theater
Cost: $10