Banff at Home
Currently, most of us #stayathome. We would like to make sure that you do not get bored – so we looked through our Banff archives and found several Banff Film Tour classics for you to pass the time at home.
Best of climbing films
Climbing films have always been a part of the Banff Tour – by now, quite a few films from the past years are available for everyone online. Let climbing legends such as Alex Honnold, Craig deMartino and Ueli Steck take you on adventures:
Towers of the Ennedi
Banff Tour 2012
In Towers of the Ennedi, veteran climber Mark Synnott—known more for his far-flung adventures than his technical accomplishments—brings young climbing stars Alex Honnold and James Pearson to the Ennedi to explore its untouched landscapes. Together, Synnott, Honnold and Pearson endure a long, bumpy drive across the sand flats of a godforsaken country to reach an incredible destination: gardens of towers filled with graceful fingers of rock, bottle-shaped formations and lithe arches. With its stark and poetic footage of camels and rock, as well as jarring images of unpleasant travels, this film shows that sometimes you can have just as many adventures trying to reach your destination as you can have once you get there.
The Gimp Monkeys
Banff Tour 2013
'We are climbers first, disabled second,' says Arc'teryx athlete Craig DeMartino. 'If you're a climber, you want to climb El Cap.' Gimp Monkeys follows DeMartino, Jarem Frye and Pete Davis' successful ascent of Zodiac, a 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
The Swiss Machine
Banff Tour 2011
Ueli Steck is one of the world's fastest alpinists, but this quest could cement his place among legends: Ueli attempts to break the speed record on the north face of The Eiger, Switzerland with only crampons and axes in a sprint to the peak. The athlete lost his life on a training tour at Nuptse in 2017.
Banff Tour 2012
On March 23, 2011, Brian French and Will Koomjian set off on an unprecedented 1 km canopy trek through an old growth Oregon White Oak forest. Their journey would involve packing all their equipment and belongings with them, traveling unsupported, and never touching the ground. For the next 5 days, Brian and Will would endure the predictably unpredictable Oregon spring weather, battle fatigue, and face seemingly impossible gaps of over 100 feet between trees. Their success would depend on choreographed teamwork, some innovative tools and techniques, and a fair bit of luck.