The BMC Climb Night is evolving! Not only will it feature top international alpinist and climbing champion David Lama, but we're prepping loads of BMC TV goodness – including Shauna & Pete Go Crack Climbing – to make this event unmissable! Don't forget, BMC members get a 15% discount on all tickets!
We've extended the BMC Climb Night at ShAFF to pack in more bang for your buck. Headlining the event is still the David Lama film and Q&A, but we've also got our hands on: an extra clip about David's adventures over the past five years to show, one of the excellent entries to the Women In Adventure film competition, Three Women & Three Old Men, which will be followed by a Q&A session, and the hilarious BMC TV film Shauna & Pete Go Crack Climbing.
David Lama: Annapurna III – Unclimbed
One of the leading alpinists of his generation, David will showcase the film of his latest epic adventure, Annapurna III – Unclimbed, on Friday 17 March. In the Spring of 2016, David Lama travelled to an incredibly remote and secluded valley in North central Nepal as part of a highly experienced team attempting to become the first people to climb the infamous south-east ridge on Annapurna III, which was first attempted by the British team of Tim Leach and the BMC's very own Nick Colton, deputy CEO and head of development, back in 1981.
At 7,555m, Annapurna III may not be as high as its more famous Himalayan neighbour, Mount Everest, but the technical difficulties of the 2.5km long ridge line make it one of the last great unclimbed lines of the modern era. However, the weight of its history and reputation were not the only obstacles faced by David and his team on their journey.
Howling winds and an onslaught of snow hit the team as they attempted the route and continued to batter them for two days as they progressed upwards. Standing on a new high point on the ridge, with snow and wind continuing to build, they faced the same predicament all Himalayan climbers experience in these inhospitable places – to continue onwards into the unknown or retreat to climb another day.
David Lama says: “The unclimbed South-East ridge of Annapurna III had been on my mind for many years, and even more so since our attempt last year. I’m really looking forward to presenting our film at ShAFF.”
WATCH: The trailer for Annapurna III – Unclimbed on BMC TV
Learning to climb as soon as he could walk, Red Bull athlete David Lama was quickly identified as a climbing prodigy by his peers. He broke records on rock at an early age of 12 and then moved on to competing and winning Youth and Senior Climbing World Cups throughout his teenage years.
At the young age of only 20, he decided to quit the World of competitions and turned his focus on the Mountains. Since then, he has completed many first ascents in some of the World's most impressive mountain ranges – from the Alps in Europe, Patagonia in South America, to the great Himalayan ranges of Asia.
Matt Heason, ShAFF Director says: “We’re delighted to welcome David to the festival this year, with so many climbers in Sheffield it will be a fantastic opportunity for them to hear, first hand about David’s experience on the notorious Annapurna III route.”
Audiences to ShAFF will have the opportunity to hear David explain in person how he faces the challenges of the mountains and what it is that motivates him to adventure into such exposed and risky terrain.
WATCH: The Shaff 2017 trailer on BMC TV
Rehan Siddiqui, BMC president says: “The BMC fights for the rights and protects the freedoms of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers. With over 82,000 members, we’re stronger than ever before, and to celebrate our growing membership we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of ShAFF 2017.
“The inspirational and adventurous ShAFF programme – featuring every activity from bouldering to mountaineering – is a great fit with the core values of the BMC, and we are pleased to be able to give our members something back too with 15% off all tickets.”
How to get the 15% discount deal
The discount is available on single tickets and carnets.
Members will need to book tickets in person or over the phone to receive the discount. The Showroom box office number: 0114 275 7727
You will need to give your BMC membership number to access the deal.
Niall Grimes, BMC guidebook officer and climbing commentator, known for his unique and irreverent Jam Crack podcasts will play host to a series of mystery guests throughout the weekend as part of the BMC Sofa Sessions.
Other BMC Sofa Sessions include the BMC TV films Hard Rock and The Bothy Project, and the latest on the BMC Mend our Mountains campaign which raised £100,000 to help repair our mountain landscapes. Various times throughout the weekend, check www.shaff.co.uk for details.
Hosted by Director of Hot Aches Productions, Paul Diffley, the BMC TV Filmmakers Fiesta takes as its theme, Women in Adventure with talks and panel discussions taking place in the Showroom cafe. 10.30am - 1pm, Saturday 18 March
Highlights from this year’s BMC TV Women In Adventure Film Competition will be screened and discussed at the ShAFF Outpost, the destination for ShAFF Fringe events.
Other not-to-be-missed BMC events are the SMASH After Party in the Showroom bar, and the BMC/ShAFF Industry Hangout supported by the OIA (Outdoor Industry Association).
For full programme information visit www.shaff.co.uk
WATCH: All the entries to the BMC Women in Adventure Film competition on BMC TV
For booking and full programme descriptions visit The Showroom. ShAFF 2017 offers great value: one ticket buys you a multi-film screening so you can see several films in one hit.
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