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Yamnuska: The Ragged Edge

  • Presented By: The Lyric Cinema
  • Dates: April 24, 2024
  • Location: The Lyric
  • 1209 N College Ave
  • Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Time: 6:30 PM
    • Thank you to Second Wind Sports, the local sponsor of The Lyric's Adventure Film Series!

      Follow two modern day adventurers as they embark on a rock climbing journey through time, celebrating the rich history and folklore of one of Canada’s most iconic climbing cliffs and paying homage to the colorful characters who have etched their names into its vertical walls since the 1950s.

      Yamnuska, an iconic cliff sitting at the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies, stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of adventure.

      In ‘Yamnuska, The Ragged Edge’ we embark on a cinematic journey that not only celebrates the rich history and folklore surrounding this legendary climbing mecca but also pays homage to the colorful characters who have etched their names into its vertical walls.

      Climbing, as a sport, is not merely a physical endeavor but a tapestry of stories that intertwine past and present. It is a torch passed from one generation to the next, igniting inspiration and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Yamnuska, akin to Canada's Yosemite, has been witness to countless tales of triumph, struggle, and unwavering determination.

      Our mission is to bring these narratives to life on the silver screen, to weave together the threads of the past and present into a cohesive tapestry of the human spirit.

      At the heart of our film is Urs Kallen, a revered climber, and historian who has dedicated his life to unraveling the secrets of Yamnuska. Urs, a pioneer of the early years, has chronicled the cliff’s many routes and captured its essence through the lens of his camera. Through his eyes and words, we delve into the captivating history of Yamnuska, guided by the stories of its legendary characters.

      Simultaneously, we follow the footsteps of Arc'teryx athletes Vikki Weldon and Quentin Roberts as they traverse the decades, ascending legendary routes and connecting with climbers from different eras. They become vessels of history, immersing themselves in the flavors of Yamnuska, engaging with the "old guard" who have shaped its legacy. Each encounter reveals tales of epics, first ascents, the evolution of gear, fatalities, rescues, and the occasional conflicts that forged the cliffs identity.

      As the film unfolds, Vikki and Quentin's experiences shape their own thoughts about this cliff of legend, with the characters of old fuelling their curiosity and ambitions. Drawing from the stories they have heard and the history they have absorbed, they begin to envision their own climb, a testament to the enduring spirit of Yamnuska and the vibrant community it has nurtured.

      “Yamnuska, The Ragged Edge” is not merely a documentation of historical events but a preservation of Canadian climbing history etched in stone. It is a celebration of the individuals who dedicated their lives to mastering the challenges of Yamnuska, turning it into a proving ground for Canadian rock climbing and alpinism. Without their perseverance and the skills they honed on Yam's formidable south face, the landscape of Canadian climbing would be unrecognizably different.

      Through stunning visuals, captivating storytelling, and a deep reverence for the past, our film aims to ignite the audience's passion for adventure and inspire a new generation of climbers. It is an ode to the spirit of exploration, the pursuit of greatness, and the unwavering bond between climbers and the majestic landscapes they call home. “Yamnuska, “The Ragged Edge” invites you to join us on this thrilling expedition as we bring this remarkable Canadian story to life on the big screen.