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Vancouver intl mountain film fest, Jan 22-29, 2010

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The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, now in its 13th year, is coming back to town this year on January 22-29, 2010 and gearing up for another incredible showcase of the most exciting films and adventure seekers. The mix of local and international adventurers spans the spectrum of white knuckle excitement with tales from the far corners of the globe – please read below for more details on our guest speakers. We are now in the process of selecting the festival films – the final program will be advertised in about one week.

Tickets and more info are available at www.vimff.org. Tickets will also be available as of early January at the Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, (604) 984-4484, as well as at The North Face downtown store on Granville Street.

Please spread the word among your friends and invite them to join us at the festival.

VIMFF 2010 Guest Speaker Line-up

Guest speakers include Colin and Julie Angus, world-class travellers and explorers, with their Rowed Trip show from Scotland to Syria; Vancouver-based legendary backcountry skier John Baldwin in a show on ski-mountaineering in the West Coast; and Alpinist Dave Dornian from Calgary with a show on the history of the crazy Euro ski mountaineering races.

Angela Bueckert presents a program from her dream-like paddling trip from Galiano Island to Alaska. Chris Cooper talks about taking his BC native canoe around the British Isles with a crew of 800 Brits and 80 Canadians. Chic Stott presents a multi-media presentation on the filming of the Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood. Vancouver-based climber Anders Ourom recalls funny stories from Squamish in the 1970s and Pat Morrow goes back even deeper in retracing the life of Conrad Kain, the “Prince of Canadian Mountain Guides”. Adventurer Jon Bowermaster will present his films and images from the Antarctic continent. Climber and author Gordon White recounts stories and lessons from BC’s Stein Valley along with the Vancouver Waldorf School students.

Canadian paragliding champion Alex Raymont comments on the X-Alps paragliding race, Maxime Turgeon, top level alpinist from Montreal, describes his quest to solo-climb 8 big walls in Europe and cycle from one to the other. Bike travellers Sarah Lusina and Tom Furst portray the gripping stories from their trip across parts of South America. Mountain bikers Bjorn Enga and Ryan Leech promise to thrill the audience, Ryan in a stage show, and Bjorn delving into the art of making biking flicks. The Baffin Babes, a crazy Norwegian and Swedish all-female quartetto will explore various corners of the Baffin Island. Big Wall climberCedar Wright tells tales from his travels around the world in search of new hard lines, and three outstanding young Canadian rock climbers – Sonnie Trotter, Will Stanhope and Sean McColl explain the motivations, inspirations and goals of the young climbers at the peak of their game.

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