Reed Outing Club
News and Events
Welcome to the ROC 2013 News and Events page! Below are just a few great events and activities planned for the current semester. Remember to check the ROC calendar for dates and times. Any questions please email the ROC Coordinators Tally Levitz / Gus Kilgore or Will Symms for more information.
Backcountry Film Festival Friday February 22nd, 2013
Come to Reed College at Vollum Lecture Hall to celebrate the human powered experience and watch stunning outdoor films Friday February 22nd, 2013 6-9pm. Winter is upon us and once again the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is answering the call. Wax those skis, tune those boards and gather your friends! There is no better way to celebrate the fun and beauty of winter than with the Backcountry Film Festival, a true celebration of winter played and lived as told thru the seven unique films included in the eighth annual Backcountry Film Festival.
The films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The entries are juried by a panel of judges and the top selections are assembled into a 90 minute program.
The festival was created eight years ago to highlight Winter Wildlands Alliance’s efforts to preserve and promote winter landscapes for human-powered users. From a single showing in Boise that first year, the festival has grown to include showings in locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas to Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Asia. Funds raised stay in local communities to support like-minded, human-powered recreation efforts and to raise awareness of winter management issues, avalanche training/safety and winter education programs.
This year’s program includes seven films:
- Winner of the Best of the Backcountry award, Skiing the Void from Sweetgrass Productions is a reflection on taking chances during their two-year odyssey in the Andes.
- A festival cut of Further, from Teton Gravity Research, brings the return of Jeremy Jones and friends to push the limits of their mountain experience under their own power.
- Luc Mehl, winner of the Hans Sari Scholarship and winner of this year’s Best Grassroots Film, chronicles an epic trip across the wild in Alaska Wilderness Classic.
- A Story of Trust is a call for climate recovery from a nine-year-old activist and the winner of this year’s Best Environmental Film. is a look at a different type of expedition film from Camp4Collective.
- Denali Experiment is a look at a different type of expedition film from Camp4Collective.
- From Switchback Entertainment comes Freedom Chair, an athlete’s journey back to the slopes and his love of winter.
- Unicorn Sashimi from Felt Soul Media highlights the amazing winter snowscapes of Japan
Check out their site for more information and a great teaser film www.backcountryfilmfestival.org
This is also a fundraiser for the Teacup Nordic area located on Mt. Hood with donations going to operating costs for this wonderful resource for Human Powered Recreation. Prizes will be awarded at intermission! Can you say SCHWAG! Tell your friends this is open to the Portland Community all are welcome. Questions? Contact the ROC Coordinators Tally and Gus.
2013 ROC Photo Contest
Roc is sponsoring this first annual ROC photo contest open to all students, staff and faculty of Reed College. Details about the contest are found on the official ROC Photo contest rules.
This is a great opportunity for professionals, amateurs and hacks to submit their photos in a variety of categories. The winners in each category will have some great prizes along with the prestige of having your photos professional mounted and framed and displayed for all to see in the Reed College Sports Center.
Avalanche Level One Certification
Take advantage of this great skill building and life saving skills clinic happening on March 16-17th, 2013 at the Reed Ski Cabin. This is the first weekend of spring break at Reed College. Learn the art of snow science, be a safe traveler in backcountry environments and learn life saving search and rescue techniques. This is a professional level certification that will help you build the resume and most of all build your confidence in being a safe and responsible backcountry shredder!
Cost is at an unbelievable low cost for a 2-day course for only $195. This cost also includes housing at the Reed Ski Cabin and food for the entire weekend, a majorly wicked deal. This course outside of Reed will cost you $260 plus expenses, so don't delay - sign up today!