Reel Rock Climbing Film Festival Returns to Spokane After More Than Two Years Away

An annual ritual for Spokane climbers, Reel Rock returns to Spokane after a two-year hiatus.

On May 15, the Bower Climbing Coalition will host the Reel Rock Film Festival at the Washington Cracker Building. Doors open at 4 p.m. and movies start at 5 p.m.

“The climbing community is so unique in that everyone has their own favorite aspect of the sport. We have sport climbers, traditional dads, gym climbers, mountaineers, ice climbers, boulderers and all the combinations in between,” said BCC President Kristin Wenzel. “Reel Rock is a great way to bring us all together and have a little something for everyone.”

The Reel Rock Film Festival is an annual traveling festival that focuses on outdoor adventure.

For the BCC, the film festival served as the main fundraising event, the pandemic shuttered those screenings and stretched the nonprofit climbing advocacy group’s budget.

“This Reel Rock event is more than just watching a movie. It’s about bringing the climbing community together and connecting with like-minded people,” said Jaleena Jacobs, BCC Social Media Chair. “I am delighted that he is finally back after such a long absence due to the pandemic. We deserve quality time together, beer and prizes!

The BCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining, expanding and preserving rock climbing in the Spokane area. The BCC replaces aging hardware (such as bolts and anchors) in local climbing areas. The BCC also focused on cleaning up popular rock climbing areas, including the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

At the Reel Rock Expo, there will be beer donated by Big Sky Brewing, local food truck Good Dilla, a silent auction, and a raffle. Donors include REI, Rambleraven, Wild Walls, Bloc Yard, GSI, Black Diamond, Big Sky Brewing, Iron Goat Brewing, Rocket Market and more.

There will also be two sets of brand new Atomic skis up for auction. Prior to the main event, the latest Reel Rock film anthology, the festival will screen “Coldiron and the Cabinets,” a short film featuring one of Spokane’s rock climbers, Scott Coldiron.

Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Bower Climbing Coalition’s 2022 projects.

“I’ve been attending Reel Rock events in Spokane since moving here, and see them as an opportunity to connect with the outdoor-minded community with a shared passion for rock climbing,” Ariana said. Kamaliazad, climber, BCC secretary. “I can’t wait to see this year’s movies and reconnect after a long pandemic apart.”

Virginia F. Goins