Outdoor Journal

Banff on the run: Advance tickets are on sale now for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which arrives at Appalachian State University beginning March 24. The festival’s two-day whistle stop in Boone is just one of 250 dates planned this year around the world, and a heck of a lot closer than, say, the one in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Local organizer Andrew Miller of ASU says the screenings will feature award-winning films that “combine elements of mountain adventure, culture and the environment.”

Organized by The Banff Centre for Mountain Culture in Banff, Canada (you can tell they’re serious by how they spell “center”), the annual filmic roadshow brings together more than 50 finalist documentaries, culled from a hefty 300 original entries.

Some of the films on tour this year include the grand-prize-winning Conflict Tiger, about Yuri Trush’s pursuit of a “man-eating” tiger, as well as Mountains without Barriers, Exploring the Mother of Waters and Ride of the Mergansers (the latter’s not likely to upstage March of the Penguins, but no doubt amounts to good watching all the same).

For more information about the festival, visit www.op.appstate.edu or contact Miller at millra@appstate.edu. ASU’s Outdoor Programs is the presenter of this event, and Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters is the leading sponsor.

Tickets may be purchased from the Farthing Auditorium box office by calling (828) 262-4046, online at www.pas.appstate.edu or at Footsloggers Outdoor Travel and Outfitters in downtown Boone, (828) 262-5111.

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