24th November 2023: 7pm
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We have a great selection of films on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon from the Vancouver Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
After the interval, our speaker is Markus Stitz. Markus, who at an early age learned the freedom a bike can give will describe how this became a passion for bikepacking which has taken all him over the world including a complete circumnavigation of 34,000km – on a single speed bike!
A Baffin Vacation
USA 2021: Directors – Sarah McNair-Landry and Eric Boomer – 13 minutes
Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry set off on a bold multi-sport 45 day expedition traveling through the remote landscape of Baffin Island in search of stunning cliffs to climb and unexplored rivers to whitewater kayak.
UK 2022: Director – Santiago Burin Des Roziers – 22 minutes
The film tells the story of the Schneeberger family a.k.a The 9 Wheels. Mountain bike stars of the future, Emric (10) and Raoul (13) are home schooled by their parents Toni and Laetitia. They live in their motorhome going from bike park to bike park across Europe, a decision prompted by the discovery of a neurodegenerative disease in Laetitia. This film explores what it is like to live with a disability, brotherly love, the devotion of parents and ultimately, what it is like to live life one day at a time. A family living life to the fullest. This film is packed with emotion, soul, hope and high power riding scenes!
USA 2021: Director – Cobi Krumholz – 5 minutes
This is a story of saving the seasons and healing the soul. Tele Dan has gone from medic in the military to Silent Steward of Crystal Mountain, picking up trash in the summer to feel better shredding in the winter. Here he reveals the realities under the snow and inspires us to go the extra mile in preserving the mountain.
UK 2022: Director Ellie Green – 35 minutes
Solo is the account of one woman’s mission to run solo and unsupported across mountain ranges on six continents—overcoming obstacles, conquering fears and finding the joy in achieving her goals absolutely alone.
Solo is sponsored by The Dundee Mountain Club
There will be an interval at this part of the evening. Refreshments are served on both levels. Please visit the art exhibitions (both levels) and the Trade Stands in the Ustinov Room
Markus Stitz – Fernweh
Fernweh – the German word for the ‘pain’ to see far-flung places beyond our doorstep. Growing up in East Germany, Markus soon discovered the freedom a bike could give him, even as a child living right behind the Iron Curtain.
He made Scotland his new home in 2009 and after mapping his first bikepacking route, the Capital Trail, he went on a lap of the world on a single speed bike, cycling 34,000km across 26 countries in less than a year, fully self-supported.
In 2019/20 he successfully completed the Highland Trail 550, the Silk Road Mountain Race and the Atlas Mountain Race – three of the hardest bikepacking races in the world – all in the course of a year.
Since then he has portrayed gravel riding and bikepacking in Britain in various short films and his book ‘Great British Gravel Rides’. His latest book, ‘Bikepacking Scotland’, is a compilation of 20 inspiring bikepacking routes across the country he has called home since 2009.
Fernweh takes you on a journey through Markus’ life, reflecting on a career defined by pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a bike.