Fellow adventure seekers: I'm hopeful that postponed travel plans and canceled explorations may soon be behind us. While we wait, let's soak up some filmed action shots, stunning scenery and moving personal stories from around the world. After 17 years of showing films at the Tower Theatre, Mountainfilm on Tour is moving to a fully virtual experience. This annual event raises funds for local nonprofit The Environmental Center and brings stories about athleticism, culture and the environment to the (sorta) big screen.
- Courtesy Mountainfilm
- An image from the film “Lhotse,” about skiing down the mountain of the same name, available for viewing online starting Feb. 26.
There are 20 featured documentary style short films ranging in length from a few minutes to nearing a half hour. Viewers join in as filmmakers traverse through the dusty Moab for epic climbs, race through the mountains of Morocco while breaking running boundaries or paddle through the stunning and culturally rich San Juan River. Catch a ride on a world-wide cycling movement or get a front row seat to the obscure World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. Each film tackles a unique landscape and brings a fresh perspective and awareness to issues that affect adventure enthusiasts and lovers of the natural world.
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While you watch, get inspired for your next escapade and maybe even win some gear to help you get out there. Viewers are entered to win several different prize packages from local gear shops including Crows Feet: A Mountain Collective or Mountain Supply. Prizes range from a full set of ski gear to discounts on rentals or gift cards, with the raffle running through March 8. So get cozy, tune in and get ready to dream on, adventurers.