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Oct 27 – Nov 4 2018 Valentine Fabre, Dent du Géant © Ben Tibbetts banffmountainfestival.ca Banff Centre Box Office: 1.403.762.6301 | 1.800.413.8368 Tickets on sale August 1 Join the Adventure. 10 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Summer 2018 over there, all this bring me there to film," Asu explained. "It is a great trip to show and share this memorable shoot with a Canadian audience." Among China's new generation of top alpinists, Zhou Peng has many first ascents and new routes on technically challenging 5,000‑ and 6,000‑metre peaks. He won the Piolets d'Or Asia award together with Li Shuang (his wife) in 2012 for their first ascents in Sichuan. Technical advisor to the Chinese Mountaineering Association, he teaches rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. His second visit to the Canadian Rockies, he climbed Musashi (the world's first M12 put up by Will Gadd), making him the first Chinese to climb M12. It is now his favourite climb in Canada. "e Rockies are famous for its num‑ bers and varieties of waterfall ice, and many mixed climbing routes," Peng said. "e variety, so many choices of different grades, and beautiful scenery too. We also like the friendly people we met in Canmore. We have a few Chinese friends living in Canmore, so it feels at home for us." Climbing in China, he added, is true adventure. "ere are so many unexplored moun‑ tains/rocks/icefalls. Chances for first ascents are higher than anywhere else in the world ‑ maybe! e challenges are little existing information/beta, logistics and transportation. Rescue system is little developed. If you have an accident, there is no hotline number to dial. You have to call your friends on your contact list, they may fly over or come a long way to save your life." For Canadian visitors, he added, "it's hard to get around if you don't speak the language and don't know where you are going. It's better to find a local friend/ partner to go together." Peng's wife, Li Shuang is a climber and documentary filmmaker. Her passions have brought her to numer‑ ous mountain tops and new routes in China and around the world. In 2014 she became the first Chinese woman to summit and ski down an unclimbed 7,000‑metre peak in Tibet. "My parents both worked for Beijing Film Academy, I grew up watching all kinds of films since I was a kid," she said. "I climbed a mountain in Tibet some years ago when I noticed the Tibetan people who provided services. I wanted to tell their stories. Since then I started making short films and documenting those stories. I'm inspired by people. Interesting people, people with stories, and people we may not see in everyday life." Altay Wild Snow began as a com‑ mercial project sponsored by a big automobile company. "But we found an interesting angle to interact with the local people and their culture. I believe the people and their history is so precious, and they deserve to be remembered," Shuang said. "e biggest challenge was to get there. We drove in terribly deep snow and it almost killed us. But it was also the biggest joy, no one believed we could drive into the small village under such bad weather conditions. We made it." Showing the film to a Canadian audience, she said, was a treat. "I'm very touched by the audience. ey watched and shared with me their feelings and told me how much they liked it. at is very important to me. ank you for hosting this event, it was a brilliant experience!" Watch a short film of Musashi by Lie Feng here: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=F8Xl‑d0G6mo

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