Reel Rock 16 Film Festival

Thursday, October 13, 2022
6:00pm to 10:00pm
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Reel Rock 16 is coming to Caltech's campus on October 13, 2022! This event is co-hosted by the Caltech Alpine Club and LA chapter of the American Alpine Club, and is open to the public.

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What is Reel Rock?

Reel Rock is an internationally renowned, annual film festival featuring the world's best climbing films. Founded in 2005 by filmmakers Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer, Reel Rock has grown into the premier global platform for award-winning climbing films that weave bold action, humor, heart, and soul into captivating human stories for a wide audience. Find out more about Reel Rock here.

Event details:
  • Pre-show reception at 6pm on Beckman Mall. Socialize with one another and meet our awesome local sponsors. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided.
  • Main show at 7pm in Beckman Auditorium. Show will be 3 hours, including a 30 min. intermission with a raffle drawing, potential competition (stay tuned for details), and brief slideshow with information about our local sponsors.

Film lineup (get hyped with official RR16 trailer!):
  • BRIDGE BOYS | Pete Whittaker & Tom Randall. A horizontal big-wall adventure on the longest, most ridiculous crack climb ever attempted. (28 min)
  • BAREFOOT CHARLES | Charles Albert. Meet the opera-singing, cave-dwelling Frenchman who climbs futuristic boulder problems sans chaussons. (28 min)
  • BIG THINGS TO COME | Alex Johnson. An elite boulderer's struggle with a project propels her on a decade-long journey of self-discovery. (21 min)
  • CUDDLE | Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, & Adam Stack. A massive link-up of 17 alpine summits pushes a famed climbing duo to the brink - and into each others' arms. (33 min)

  • $10/student. Students with valid student ID may purchase up to two tickets at $10 each.
  • $20/non-student.
  • Prices will increase to $15/student and $25/non-student on October 13th.
  • Tickets can be purchased either (1) by calling the Caltech ticket office (626-395-4652) from 10am-2pm (you may need to leave a message), (2) by emailing events@caltech.edu, or (3) online here (non-student rate only, with prices lowered slightly to account for online fees).
  • The purchase of a ticket will include one free raffle ticket that can be picked up along with your wristband (see COVID policy below) at the event reception; additional raffle tickets may be purchased then as well.

COVID-19 policy:

In accordance with Caltech policy, in order to enter Beckman Auditorium you must be wearing a high-quality mask (surgical, N95, KN95, or KF94) and a wristband, which can be obtained at the pre-show reception (starting at 6pm) by showing one of the following:

  1. Caltech ID alone
  2. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 along with identification
  3. Negative COVID-19 test produced within 72 hours of event along with identification

Please arrive early to avoid long lines. Free masks will be available at the reception.


Parking is free after 5pm in the parking structures along Wilson Ave (north and south garages), as well as in the parking lot north of Beckman Auditorium.

Who benefits from Reel Rock proceeds?

100% of net event proceeds go directly to the Caltech Alpine Club and LA chapter of the American Alpine Club. Caltech Alpine Club funding is used for a variety of purposes oriented around promoting safety and accessibility in the outdoors. These include organizing outdoor adventure trips for club members, hosting speakers, providing free outdoor gear and equipment for Caltech community use, subsidizing professional outdoor safety courses, and much more.

Reel Rock Film Tour is brought to you by The North Face® with presenting partners Black Diamond, YETI, and TruBlue Auto Belay; and hosted by the Caltech Alpine Club and American Alpine Club (LA chapter).