The Climbers Session: Saturday 3rd February, 2pm start
The EMFF opens with the Climbers Session, which is the very heart of the festival. We begin with one hour of climbing and mountaineering films, including the much-anticipated Psycho Vertical. After a short break, we then welcome our guest speaker, top crack-climber Pete Whittaker, to the stage for his presentation.
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Between The Seasons (4 mins)
In the midst of the seasonal shift, Between The Seasons documents Natalie Berry’s recent move to Chamonix, and her desire to seek out new lines as the temperature starts to drop.
Psycho Vertical (64 mins) – Finalist: Donald Tiso Best Film Award
Based on his best-selling auto-biography of the same name, Psycho Vertical is a raw and emotive study of the complex life and motivations of writer, funny-man and Britain’s unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick, woven into an 18 day solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite. View the trailer below…
Speaker: Pete Whittaker – Solo
Pete has been climbing since the age of 7. Growing up in Peak District, it was the technical and bold climbing that caught his imagination. Even on the un-adventurous outcrops of the Gritstone, he sought out adventure by pursuing new routes and 24-hour endurance climbing challenges. His style of climbing has seen him star in several award-winning climbing films including WideBoyz and Grit Kids, both of which won awards at the EMFF.
In November 2016, Pete became the first person to make a 1 day ‘all free’ solo of El Capitan in Yosemite. A big step up from the 10m gritstone outcrops of his youth, follow Pete’s journey as he attempts to go solo on the 1,000m granite wall of El Cap. Stories revolve around ridiculous training regimes, big wall toilets, and a climber’s attempt to truly step out of his comfort zone.