Adirondack Climbing Film Festival

Tommy Caldwell tries a new route on El Capitan. Photo by Corey Rich/Courtesy of Reel Rock Film Tour.
Tommy Caldwell tries a new route on El Capitan. Photo by Corey Rich/Courtesy of Reel Rock Film Tour.

It may have snowed in Lake Placid this week, but it’s not time yet to put away those sticky-soled shoes and get out the crampons. High Peaks Cyclery is offering free rock-climbing clinics as part of the second annual Adirondack Climbing Film Festivalin Lake Placid this weekend.

The festivities will kick off with a presentation by Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman II. His slide show will run from 7-9 p.m. in the High Peaks Mountain Guide House, which is located next-door to High Peaks Cyclery on Main Street in Lake Placid. Beer and cheese will be served. High Peaks Cyclery is converting the building into a museum celebrating Adirondack guides.

On Saturday, High Peaks Cyclery will host a number of events, including a “Yoga for Climbers” clinic from 7:30-8:30 a.m., outdoor rock-climbing clinics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a slack-line walking competition from 4-5 p.m. Click herefor a full list of activities.

Unfortunately, rain is forecast for Saturday, and the rock-climbing clinics will be canceled if it does rain. Although the clinics are free, participants are asked to tip their guides. Attendance is limited to six to ten people, depending on the clinic.

On Saturday night, the Reel Rock Film Tourwill show a series of short climbing films at the Lake Placid Center for the Artsat 17 Algonquin Drive. The films feature such top climbers as Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold, Chris Sharma, and many more. The films start at 7:30, with music by Split Rock in the half-hour preceding.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at High Peaks Cyclery for $15 or at the door for $17.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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