JACKSON, Wyo. — On Aug. 27, 1923, Eleanor Davis, the Director of Physical Education for Women at Colorado College, did something no woman before her had ever done: she stood atop the Grand Teton.
One hundred years later, The Teton Climbers’ Coalition is marking Davis’ accomplishment with a year-long celebration of women in the mountains. The centennial kicks off on Friday, Jan. 13, with AlpinFilm, a two-day film festival at the 300-seat Jackson Hole Playhouse that celebrates Jackson Hole’s legacy of mountaineering
In keeping with the centenary celebration, the program will begin with “Moving Mountains: A Panel Discussion on Women in the Tetons,” which will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5-6 p.m. Doors open for the free, public discussion at 4:30 p.m.
Following the panel, AlpinFilm will begin at 7 p.m. with a mix of short, medium and feature-length films.
On Saturday, doors will open at 6 p.m. for a pre-party at the Playhouse Saloon; films begin at 7.
Presented by Teton Mountaineering, AlpinFilm will feature a total of eleven films, all of which were selected with the Teton community in mind.
“From homegrown adventures to international expeditions, the Tetons have inspired climbers and ski mountaineers to push physical, mental and spiritual boundaries for more than a century,” said festival organizers. “That legacy informed the selection of our films.”
Tickets for the festival, which is serving as a fundraiser for the TCC, may be purchased here, are $25 for one night or $40 for both nights. Virtual passes are available for $20 for one night and $30 for both nights.
Friday’s panel discussion will feature Exum’s first female guide, Catherine Cullinane; Exum guide and TCC board member Morgan McGlashon, the youngest woman to ski the Grand Teton; and Madison Rose Ostergren, a professional skier and star of the film “Fuel.” The panel will be moderated by TCC board member Sheila Walsh Reddy.
Following the discussion, Madison Rose Ostergren will open the festival with a presentation of Fuel, which she created with filmmaker Iz La Motte. The film follows the local skier as she learns to embrace her own personality in a world that often pushes individuals to fit into specific boxes.
Other films to be screened on the festival’s first night include Ben Tibbet’s The Traverse, which follows ski mountaineers Valentine Fabre and Hillary Gerardi as they attempt to become the first women to ski the Haute Route non-stop from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Directed by Jim Aikman, Annapurna ‘78 documents the American all-female expedition to the tenth-highest mountain in the world. Henna Taylor’s A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground offers a poignant, stirring and ultimately uplifting ensemble of voices from the American climbing community as they discuss the loss of loved ones to climbing.
The film Clean Mountains, by Dutch filmmaker Geertjan Lassche, recounts the impact of the pandemic on a famous Sherpa community that decides to climb Mount Everest to clean the garbage left behind by others – thus restoring the holiness of the mountain and calming the gods.
A silent auction featuring more than $6,000 in items will allow audience members to bid on everything from climbing equipment to yoga passes, physical therapy sessions and a day of backcountry skiing with Exum guide Christian Santelices.
AlpinFilm’s second night of film includes similarly inspiring films.
Presented in person by Tetonia residents Erik Boomer and Sarah McNair-Landry, A Baffin Vacation follows the pair on a bold, multi-sport, 45-day expedition through the remote landscape of Baffin Island as they learn to climb on a virgin big wall and kayak its outrageous, unexplored rivers.
This is Beth follows rock climber Beth Rodden, one of the most prolific athletes in climbing history, as her struggle with body image leads to a rediscovery of her love for her sport and herself.
Presented virtually by Jean Dempsey, the second female climbing ranger in both Grand Teton National and the country, the short film Jean documents her remarkable journey from being one of the world’s best female rock climbers to lying paralyzed in a hospital bed, in a coma, with a massively fractured skull, and ultimately back to a fully realized life.
The Cuddle is the hilariously inspirational story of legendary climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell as they embark on a massive link-up of 17 alpine rock routes in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park that pushes them to their limits—and into each others’ shivering arms.
Alastair Lee’s Climbing Blind tells the incredible story of blind climber Jesse Dufton and his no-sight onsight lead of the Old Man of Hoy, a sea stack on the west coast of Scotland’s Orcadian island of Hoy.
AlpinFilm is being presented by Teton Mountaineering and is made possible by the generous support of REI, Four Pines Physical Therapy, NeVille Asbell Real Estate, Spackmans and Associates, The Virginian, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Orange Theory, Snake River Brewing, and Great Northern Coffee Company.
All proceeds from AlpinFilm and the silent auction will go to the non-profit TCC, which stewards, advocates and engages on behalf of Teton climbers.
“More than a showcase of adventurous acts, AlpinFilm explores the reasons we embark on our adventures in the first place,” said TCC board chair Christian Beckwith. “We’re excited to put together two inspiring nights of film for our community.”