Kootenay Climbing Affiliation brings Reel Rock 16 to Nelson June 2


On June 2nd at 7:30pm the 16th edition of the Reel Rock climbing film tour will be screened at the Civic Theater in Nelson.

The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers (TAWKROC) and the Kootenay Climbing Association, the non-profit organization that operates the Cube Climbing Centre, have teamed up to bring the film tour to Nelson as a fundraiser for the construction of a new Olympic climbing gym in the city .

The Reel Rock 16 lineup consists of four films that celebrate the human side of rock climbing’s latest, greatest adventures and achievements:

  • Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall in “Bridge Boys” (28 minutes) – A horizontal big wall adventure on the longest and most ridiculous crack climb ever attempted.

  • Charles Albert in “Barefoot Charles” (28 minutes) – Meet the opera-singing, cave-dwelling Frenchman who climbs futuristic bouldering problems without chaussons.

  • Alex Johnson in “Big Things to Come” (21 minutes) – An elite boulderer’s struggle with a project propels her on a decades-long journey of self-discovery.

  • Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Adam Stack in “Cuddle” (33 minutes) – A massive connection of 17 Alpine peaks brings a famous climbing duo to the abyss – and into each other’s arms.

“We are very excited to bring the local climbing and adventure community back together for this film festival after a long pandemic break,” said Jayme Moye, Kootenay Climbing Association board member.

“Almost as excited as we are to build a bigger and better climbing gym in Nelson.”

The Kootenay Climbing Association presented its proposal for a new climbing gym to City Council on March 7th and will provide the first public update on next steps at the demonstration.

The demonstration also includes a prize draw, with all ticket sales going towards the construction of the new climbing gym. Moye says they will be giving away more than 20 prizes totaling nearly $2,500 during the film tour hiatus.

Raffle prizes include:

  • a 10-hole pass for the Cube ($126), two harnesses for women from Arc’Teryx ($170 each)

  • a Petzl IKO Core headlamp ($115), the Ninja Crash Pad by Flashed ($325)

  • a backcountry ski pack from G3 with skins, poles, trucker hat and ratchet strap ($379)

Several local businesses have also donated $130 Kootenay Kombucha gift certificates, e.g. B. a voucher for a box of Kombucha in the flavor of your choice.

Tickets for the screening are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.civictheatre.ca.

Moye strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance as a sell-out is likely. Raffle tickets are sold at the screening only, from 7pm until the draw, which takes place at the end of intermission.

About Kootenay Climbing Association and Cube Climbing Centre:

The Cube Climbing Center is located in Mary Hall on Selkirk College’s 10th Street campus in Nelson. It offers bouldering and sport climbing routes for all ages and skill levels. For the first time, the Cube will remain open throughout the summer and will also be offering children’s climbing summer camps for the first time. The Cube operates as a non-profit organization through the Kootenay Climbing Association and reinvests its profits back into the local climbing community. https://cubeclimbing.com


The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers is a non-profit organization formed in 2010 to promote the management and maintenance of public access to rock climbing sites in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. The organization’s advocacy has resulted in both Waterline and Kinnaird Bluffs being permanently protected for climbers. https://tawkroc.org