SONNIE TROTTER - LIVE PRESENTATION: A CLIMBING LIFE
Sonnie Trotter has become the leading figure in Canadian rock climbing. In the past, Canada has had great gear climbers, sport climbers and boulderers, Trotter, however, has re-set the bar in most of these disciplines and brings a rare passion to the act of climbing.
The list of climbs that Sonnie has done that people once said were impossible is long and stretches from coast to coast. He follows in the footsteps of great Canadian climbers like Peter Croft whose impact on the sport was truly global.
FILM SCREENING: AUTANA
Autana follows the progress of climbers Leo Houlding (UK), Sean Leary (USA) and Jason Pickles (Salford), as they head deep into the Amazon in an attempt to make the first ascent of the east face of the remote tepuy (table top mountain), Cerro Autana.
The action beings with a covert journey via military check-points and secret ports through Amazonas State. The team of clandestine climbers, disguised as tourists, travel down the Orinoco River to the remote village of Ceguera.
There, they make a traumatic psychotropic visit to the local Shaman to gain access to the sacred mountain, which is regarded by the tribespeople as the stump of the ‘tree of life’. From there, sweltering humidity, porter chaos and an assortment of jungle nasties are just a part of this spectacular journey of self-discovery and big wall hunting.
Autana sees the team of redoubtable characters find their way up the jungle infested rock face, where they are amazed not only by the climbing, but also by a ‘luxury’ wall camp in the incredible Autana cave system (the highest elevated cave system in the world), just below the summit of the tepuy. Recounting a trip unlike any other, adventure film making has taken another step with Autana.