The Reel Rock film tour, an annual tour of some of the world’s finest rock climbing documentaries, is now in its 11th year and appears to be more popular than ever in Australia.
The tour recently landed in Melbourne with a screening at St Kilda’s Astor Theatre, hosted by local, independent outdoor retailer, Bogong Equipment.
With door prizes for ticket holders and free Clif Bars thrown into the audience, it appears this year’s event was more popular than ever, with organisers selling more than 500 tickets to the event.
“We had a fabulous turnout – our largest show ever,” said Neil Blundy, owner of Bogong Equipment. “This is the eighth year we’ve run it and it’s just been getting bigger and bigger.”
Previously, Bogong Equipment has hosted Reel Rock screenings at 1000 Pound Bend and Palace Westgarth, but has outgrown both venues over time.
Climber and Reel Rock attendee Bonnie Matheson said the films, of which there were five in total, were inspiration for anyone with an interest in the sport.
“I particularly liked the movies of the young climbers, who I feel haven’t been represented in films. Their lack of fear inspired me to hit the wall harder,” she said.