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5Point Welcomes World’s Most Celebrated Adventurers to Fifth Annual Festival

Since the 5Point Film Festival first launched five years ago, we have welcomed and honored some of the world’s most celebrated adventurers. Founded as a community that aims to stoke the fire of adventure through film, art and live performances, the festival has always been a place to gather around the proverbial fire and tell stories of adventures and journeys past and those on the horizon.

This year, 5Point is proud to welcome Piolets d’Or nominated climbers Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin, Hayden Kennedy, paddlers and National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Erik Boomer and Jon Turk, and skateboard legend Tony Alva to the festival. Pushing their limits in their own lives and in their respective communities, this year’s special guests are changing their sport and the world, one adventure at a time.

Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk on Mount Meru. Photo: Jimmy Chin

Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin: First Ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru

Last fall, Conrad Anker, Renan Ozurk and Jimmy Chin tackled an historic first ascent of the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in the Garwhal Himalaya.

“Meru was the most challenging climb of my life. Not once, but twice! It’s an honor and privilege to be asked to share our story with the 5Point community, many of whom have supported us throughout our careers as climbers and creatives. We hope to give something special back to the tribe that has given us so much,” Jimmy said.

The three-person climbing team had attempted and suffered on the alpine wall in 2008 and Meru has long been the objective just out of reach for 30 years of climbers and is steeped in lore as it is considered the center of the universe in the Hindu cosmology and is the source of the Ganges River.

“I’m super excited to present the Meru story with Jimmy at 5point this year! It will be the first time that we will tell the FULL story, complete with never before seen video from our experience. Beyond the nitty gritty of the climb, we hope the convey what is was like to pick ourselves back up for a second try after the most serious and humbling failure of our lives,” Renan said. “I couldn’t image a better community to share it with, hope to see you there!”

Renan and Jimmy will share their experience in a special presentation on Saturday, April 28. 

Jon Turk and Erik Boomer on Ellesmere Island. Photo: Erik Boomer

Erik Boomer and Jon Turk: Circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island

Arctic explorer Jon Turk and pro kayaker Erik Boomer completed the first 1,485-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island, Canada. The journey around the world’s tenth largest island took 104 days on skis, in kayaks and on foot. Polar experts considered this to be the last great, unattempted polar expedition, so daunting due to its remoteness and dangerous ice conditions — no one had attempted it before last summer. Turk and Boomer will be on hand for a special presentation on Friday, April 27.

“The opportunity to travel in such a remote and dynamic environment for so long was exactly the type of challenge and experience I spend my life seeking,” Boomer said. “I am stoked to talk about our experience with the 5Point community because sharing our experience around Ellesmere island gives us the chance to revisit the hardships, emotions and incredible lessons that we learned and felt on our 104-day journey — except we don’t have to deal with the polar bears, walrus, crushing ice and below freezing cold water.”

Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk on the summit of Cerro Torre. Photo: Jason Kruk

Hayden Kennedy: First Fair Means Ascent of the Southeast Ridge of Cerro Torre

many consider Cerro Torre the most beautiful and compelling mountains in the world — a postcard for the ideal that is alpinism. In January 2012, Carbondale local Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk became the first climbers to summit the Southeast Ridge of Cerro Torre by fair means. Kennedy will give a presentation about his historic ascent at 5Point on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

“The more I go climbing and the more I alpine climb, I think of [climbing] more like an art form than an actual activity. For me, climbing is the art of freedom. It’s an art form that people can interpret any way they wish,” Kennedy said.

Tony Alva. Photo: Bine Zalohar

Tony Alva: Original Z-Boy, Skateboarding Legend

Considered to be one of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Tony Alva, an original Z-Boy, hit rock bottom five years ago battling drug addiction and alcoholism. There, at his lowest point, his reliance on successes and ego came into perspective for the first time. Tony’s fight for sobriety and truth has lead him to a new perspective on life moving forward. Dedicated to giving back, Tony now sees passing the bucket as the only way out.

“I’m extremely excited about this year’s festival. 5Point, to me, represents one of the best places for this community to come together to celebrate and motivate one another. This year we have an incredible lineup of films and adventurers from National Geographic explorers Jon Turk and Erik Boomer to Piolets d’Or nominees Renan Ozturk and Jimmy Chin to ground-breaking alpinist Hayden Kennedy and skate boarding legend Tony Alva — all speaking to the individual freedom and artistic flow that defines this community,” 5Point executive director, Justin Clifton, said. “The level of storytelling at this year’s festival is phenomenal — the audience is in for quite a ride.”

The fifth annual 5Point Film Festival will take place April 26 to 29, 2012 in Carbondale, Colorado, featuring a five-star roster of adventure films, special guests and live performances. All events will take place at the Carbondale Recreation Center and other local hot spots. The complete festival program will be announced in late March at http://5pointfilm.org/. Stay tuned!