Backcountry films coming to Wenatchee

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WENATCHEE — The Backcountry Film Festival returns for an 11th year on Dec. 9 with the showing of nine outdoor adventure films at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in downtown Wenatchee.

Hosted by Wenatchee-based nonprofit El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, the film fest showcases flicks that embody El Sendero’s mission to promote and protect winter wildlands and access for non-motorized sports on public lands.

The film fest lineup:

“Japan by Van” — Immerses viewers in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry.
“Shifting Ice” — An all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and grueling fun.
“Shared Lines” — The story of the Vermont Backcountry Alliance and its community.
“The Weight of Winter” — Brings viewers a ride to tune in.
“I Love Splitboarding” — A fresh way to play in the backcountry, along with a fresh way of living.
“55 Hours in Mexico” — A true tribute to weekend warriors, four guys take viewers on quite the adventure south of the border.
“Always Above Us” — This film explores the tremendous amount of sacrifice and hardship involved in climbing.
“Connections” — The story of the simple ‘low-tech’ design that changed the face of backcountry skiing.
“The Forecaster” — Avalanche forecaster Drew Hardesty leads by example, paying respect to the responsibility that comes with backcountry freedom.

A ticket costs $12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, with the films beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center box office.

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