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Outing Club To Host Reel Rock Film Festival Thursday

The Penn State Outing Club will host Reel Rock Film Festival, a series of four films showcasing the most talented and daring rock climbers in the world, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the HUB’s Flex Theater.

Tickets are just $4.99 for students and $8 for community members, and can be purchased downtown at Appalachian Outdoors on Allen Street or at the door prior to the event. Proceeds benefit Access Fund, an organization that works to allow and maintain access to outdoor rock climbing areas. The festival will screen the following:

Break On Through

“In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.”

Above The Sea

“Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, Chris returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.”

Safety Third

“For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of a heart-stoppingly exposed and difficult route.”

Stumped

“’I don’t want to be known as just a one-armed climber,’ says Maureen Beck, ‘I just want to be a good climber.’ Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She takes whippers on 5.12 and crushes overhanging boulders, while shot-gunning beers. But she is not here to be your inspiration. ‘People say, “Look, a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.” I’m like, dude, you never had any excuses in the first place.’ Maureen is here to crush the gnar — with one bloody stump helping her get to the top.”

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Christina Platt

Christina is a junior studying Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management. She is from Bucks County, PA (also known as "just outside Philly"). When she's not in class, you can usually find her hiking in Rothrock State Forest. Email her at [email protected]

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