Join Durango Nature Studies for our 5th annual fall fundraiser.

Place: Smiley Building
Date: Friday, November 7th
Time: Doors at 5:30, Films at 7:00
Cost: Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, $10 students (under 12 free!!)

Food and drinks from Zia, Serious Delights, Steamworks, 6th Street Liquor will be available for purchase.

Purchase advance tickets at Maria's Bookshop, Zia Taqueria (north and south), 4 Corners River Sports, and Pine Needle Mountaineering.

Thanks to our Sponsors!!
At 5:30 we will be serving beer from Steamworks Brewing, wine from 6th Street Liquor, burritos from Zia Taqueria, and desserts from Serious Delights. Plus we will have a silent auction brought to you by our sponsors. Food and drinks will be served through the entire event.

Mountainfilm is one of the premier outdoor film festivals in the country. To see more about it, or check out clips from the films to be shown, visit www.mountainfilm.org/tour/films.

List of films:

Climbers all have a story about how they got started, and 14-year-old Kai Lighter’s introduction is particularly striking — and not only because he’s a brilliant climber. Much like Tiger Woods in golf or the Williams sisters in tennis, he could change the demographics of climbing. This film, directed by Telluride’s George Knowles, isn’t about race, however, it’s about family. His single mother has become his regular belay partner, one who also makes sure that he maintains straight A’s in school.

64 MPH
The San Joaquin Couloir is one of Telluride’s most iconic backcountry lines. Greg Hope is one of the town’s best-known rippers. In 64 mph, the two meet for one slough-dodging, high-velocity descent.

Mountain biker Bryan Gregory attempts to keep up with his dog, Kaia, on a piece of Pacific Northwest single track. This film might not appeal to cat people, but if you’re a dog person, your little heart may just burst with joy.

If you dare give acclaimed director Skip Armstrong full creative control over a short kayak film, you'll get a sneak peak into the depths of his mind.

Duke is a cowboy. The buffalo are part of the largest conservation herd of bison in the United States. Every year, Duke organizes a roundup of theses buffalo to inspect the health of the herd and yield income to sustain the Nature Conservancy-owned ranch where the buffalo roam. It turns out that bison aren’t as easily herded as cattle, and a lot of cowboy mettle gets tested every year.

Professional mountain biker Kelly McGarry recorded his run at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage with a helmet-mounted GoPro camera. The simple, unedited footage took the Internet by storm, garnering a mind-blowing 18 million views.

Once the largest ecosystem in the Middle East, and the rich homeland of Sumerians for millennia, the Mesopotamian Marshes were destroyed systematically by Saddam Hussein so that they couldn’t shelter rebel forces. Drained and burned, the vital wetland habitat seemed lost forever. Iraqi exile Azzam Alwash, who spoke about his work at Mountainfilm in 2004 and 2008, never accepted that this magical place of his childhood could simply cease to exist.

In 1944, 20-year-old Frank Moore landed on the beaches of Normandy. Crossing through the occupied French countryside, the young soldier daydreamed about coming back in peacetime to fish the bucolic streams. After the war, he returned to the States, married, had a family and built a life centered around fly fishing. But he never made it back to those streams in France. Until 2014. Now 90 years old, but with the energy of a man 20 years younger, Moore completes the dream with his wife and son by his side.

In a sport that is not for the weak or easily discouraged, Pamela Shanti Pack excels. One of the most accomplished off-width climbers in the world, male or female, Pack seeks out North America’s most challenging inverted and vertical cracks with what she describes as “masochistic fervor.” Off-Width Outlaw follows her quest to establish new routes in the desert climbing mecca of Indian Creek in southeastern Utah.

Skipping stones and plunging into the river from a bridge.The laughter of a pretty girl. Songbirds and the thick gold light of a summer evening and moments unbound. This short film is both an ode to summer and a reminder to hold on to the magical and sun-drenched memories of youth.

Slacklining no longer seems to need the expanse of trees, crevasses or other earthbound objects — only some kind helium and a cool buzz.

There's a highly anticipated beast of a winter wave in Newport Beach, California, that rolls in heavy and attracts hordes of brave souls who attempt to drop into its steep face.

Dawn patrol on an inky winter morning leads to a contemplative climb through a snowbound world, a cold and starkly beautiful place imbued with solitude and the purity of winter light. When daylight turns and the summit is achieved, the only place to go is down.


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