Taos Mountain Film Festival
121 North Plaza
Taos, NM 87571
A brief conversation with 88-year-old Martin Litton and you immediately doubt his age.
He recently ran the Middle Fork of the Salmon, he flies his own plane and still rages,
Abbey-like, against the authorities he feels are wrecking the West. Litton will show film
of his Grand Canyon trips and a slideshow of his fight to protect the Sequoia Forests.
Aron Ralston made a name for himself amongst the mountaineering cognoscenti by
climbing the Colorado 14,000ers solo in winter. He is now widely known as the man
who gave up his arm to save his life. Ralston will sign copies of his book
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place," and present a slideshow on each topic.
Solo climber, high-ball slack liner, TV show presenter and hilarious outdoor
comedian Timmy O'Neill will be here to present his, and Peter Mortimer's new
film "Return to Sender" and a slide show of his recent exploits.
Reg Lake is one of the earliest runners of wild rivers. His first descents include
the San Joaquin, the Kern, and the Clark Fork of the Yellowstone in Wyoming with
partners such as Doug Tompkins, Royal Robbins and Yvon Chouinard. He is also one
of the premier sea kayakers and will include in his show explorations of the southern
ice cap in Chile between.
Alison Gannett, who lives by the motto "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History."
is a World Champion freeskier, writer, filmmaker and photographer She is a
consultant for Patagonia, has organized ski descents on Himalaya peaks and produced
the film "Betties in Bhutan."
One of the pioneers of bouldering long before it was established as a bona fide
climbing pursuit, Boone Speed put up some of the hardest routes of his day. He now
travels with and photographs many of the young tigers of the modern era including
Chris Sharma. He will present the film "Best of the West" and exhibit his photographs.
John Turk's adventures include cycling the Gobi Desert and kayaking around Cape
Horn. He will present a slide show of his most recent escapade, sea-kayaking through
the North Pacfic and sign the book of this venture "In the Wake of the Jomon."
Powers is a journalist, filmmaker and boater who has been on many adventures with
Martin Litton. Michael Powers will present a slideshow of their recent trip down the
An archeologist who used to work for the New Mexico oil and gas industry,
Jim O'Donnell is now the Director and only paid employee of the Coalition to Save
the Valle Vidal. And as such, his work in these dubious political times has been
surprisingly clever, intense, and so far, surprisingly successful. You can help by
contacting him at www.vallevidal.org.
Jay Foley, the main activist on the Taos climbing scene and owner of Mountain
Skills Rock Climbing Adventures, wrote the recently published guide to rock climbing
in the Taos region. He will present a slideshow on the amazing King's Walk in Spain
and sign copies of his book, "Guide to Taos Rock."
The Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Southern Colorado has absorbed the
time and talents of photographer John Weller. The result is a book, "Between Light and
Shadow" garnering Weller the "2004 Best Book Mountain Image Award"at the Banff
Book Festival 2005. Recently, Weller was awarded the "Galen Rowell Tribute Photography
Award." He will present the Peter Mortimer film "Between Light and Shadow" of his adventures
in the sand dunes and sign copies of his book.