21st Annual Gunks Climbing Film Festival
Saturday evening, Oct. 12, at 6:00 p.m., the Gunks Climbers' Coalition and Mohonk Preserve, with sponsorship from Rock and Snow, will present the Gunks Climbing Film Festival at the Studley Theatre at SUNY New Paltz celebrating climbing, conservation and the passion of the Gunks community. The festival will feature the film Adaptive, which follows the inspirational story of Jim Ewing, a Sterling Rope engineer and below-the-knee amputee, and professional climber Maureen Beck, born without her left hand, as they attempt the first all-adaptive ascent of the classic and remote Lotus Flower Tower (5.10+) in Canada's Cirque of the Unclimbables. Also featured will be Horns Out, featuring 77-year-old Montana Climber Maurice Horn, reflecting on his childhood ranch and lifetime passion for mountain climbing, along with a selection of short films from No Man’s Land focusing on what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film. Mohonk Preserve will present the organization’s Thom Scheuer Award for stewardship at the event. Event sponsors will be donating prizes to a raffle to win awesome climbing gear. Prior to the screening, the Gunks Grunt pull-up contest, sponsored by Furnace Industries, and rope coiling contest sponsored by Sterling Rope will be held to test the mettle of attendees with prizes to top male and female winners. Tickets for the Gunks Climbing Film Festival are available for purchase at Rock and Snow or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/mpws/4351499.