Dundee Mountain Film Festival 2008, Wednesday

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19.30 RETICENT WALL Film Germany, 2004 30 min Produced and Directed by Stipe Božič One of the world’s most respected Alpinists, Tomaž Humar from Slovenia, solo climbs one of the hardest technical routes in the world, A5, on Reticent Wall, on El Capitan at Yosemite. In its award of the Silver Gentian for the Best Mountaineering Film (Trento Film Festival 2001), the jury remarked that ‘Tomaž Humar exemplifies the leading edge of today’s alpinism. The film shows both a perspective of super alpinism and difficult technical rock climbing. To solve the most difficult and dangerous aid route on A5 Reticent Wall, on El Cap shows a tenacity and diversity most climbers only aspire to.’


In August 2005, Tomaž Humar was trapped on a narrow ledge at 5,900 metres on the formidable Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat. He had been attempting a new route, directly up the middle of the highest mountain face in the world, solo. After six days he was out of food, almost out of fuel and frequently buried by avalanches. Three helicopters were poised for a brief break in the weather to pluck him off the mountain. Because of the audacity of the climb, the fame of the climber, the high risk associated with the rescue, and the hourly reports posted on his base camp website, the world was watching. Would this be the most spectacular rescue in climbing history? Or a tragic, and very public, death on the mountain?

Bernadette McDonald is the former Vice Pesident and Founder of the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture in Canada. Since becoming Director of the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 1988, the Festival has grown from a weekend film event to a 12 month global touring programme of international films, authors, speakers and exhibitions spanning seven continents. Bernadette is the author of ‘I’ll Call You in Kathmandu: The Elizabeth Hawley Story’, the award-winning ‘Brotherhood of the Rope, the biography of Dr. Charles Houston’, and her most recent work, ‘Tomaž Humar, the biography of Tomaž Humar’.

Bernadette will begin this session by interviewing Tomaž, his lecture will follow, and the evening will end with book signings.


Venues: Tower Lecture Theatre and Bonar Hall, Park Place DMFF website mail@dundeemountainfilm.org.uk 01382 730699

Tickets from:

Tiso 22/24 Whitehall Street, Dundee, DD1 4AF Tel 01382 221153 Blacks Camping and Leisure, 47/49 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3DG Tel: 01382 229424 Avertical World, 7/11 Blinshall Street, Dundee, DD1 5DF Tel 01382 201901 Craigdon Mountain Sports, 25/29 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EZ Tel 01738 631006 Tiso 26 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, AB1 1AU Tel 01224 634 934 By post (see application form on web site and brochure) and at the door during the Festival, subject to availability

Dundee Mountain Film Festival (DMFF) Society is a registered Scottish charity No SC029267, and is a Member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film. Anyone wishing to support the Festival is invited to contact the Festival at the address above. There will be a prize draw raffle offering fantastic prizes on Friday and Saturday evenings, and voting for the People’s Choice Film Award.

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