Beloved adventure film festival returns to California

By Meggan Wenbourne

Oh Banff Mountain Film Festival, how I look forward to you every year.

I find myself counting down the days to when we meet again.

There really is nothing like you, you make all our hearts race with adrenaline.

I’m so grateful for your stories and adventures, please be my friend.


Okay, so I am not a poet, but I can tell you what is quite poetic – the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2016 that graced us with its presence for its California debut this past weekend.

With nothing but incredible beauty, outrageous stories and amazing adventures, the Banff Tour did not disappoint. With three full nights of films, ranging from daring kayaking and canoeing to high mountains of rock and snow, to the depths of our hearts for one special dog, Banff played with our heart strings and sent the tickle of adrenaline down the spines of everyone who turned out for the event.

As a fundraising event for UC Santa Cruz’s Wilderness Orientation Scholarship Fund, Banff’s World Tour has been a repeat event in Santa Cruz for over 25 years! There truly is nothing like it. I left my evenings making lists of places I still need to explore, a new draw toward the Grand Canyon and a greater respect and understanding of the fight to save some of the most pristine wildernesses on the planet.

If you missed the showings, do not fret, head to their website and find a viewing near you:

Happy adventuring!

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Meg-IndiansMeggan Wenbourne is an avid climber, mountain biker and backpacker who works and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. She spends her time traveling to the mountains as often as possible to get lost in the pine trees and explore the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada range and has recently developed an obsession with the desert and its red rocks. When not away on an adventure, she can be found eating burritos and training at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, riding amazing trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains or nestled away in her cozy tiny house with cookies and adventure reading.