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Banff Mountain Festivals 2009

Posted Oct 15 2009 10:02pm

Oct. 31st – Nov. 8th, 2009

Speakers include Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes, Royal Robbins, climber Chris Sharma, speed climber Ueli Steck, and extreme skier / BASE jumper Karina Hollekim.

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I spent a week at the 2007 festivals. My review:

Good, not great.

I’ll likely never return mainly because hiking is very under represented in Banff. It’s all about mountaineering … despite the fact that most of those attending are not mountaineers.

Banff No need to spend money traveling to Banff in November: … too late for hiking, too early for skiing.

Instead, I recommend you try to get a ticket for both of the two “World Tours”.

1) Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

A selection of the winning films tour North America and abroad following the event. To find out when it’s going to play close to where you live, check the calendars linked from the official website.

2) Radical Reels

The Radical Reels Film Tour complements the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, and focuses on dynamic, high-adrenalin films featuring sports such as skiing, climbing, kayaking, BASE jumping, snowboarding and mountain biking. …

Click PLAY or watch the 2009 trailer on YouTube.

Both are great. Super popular even with those who hate the outdoors.

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