City Bloc Presents: Reel Rock 17

When: Friday 21st April 2023 at 20:00

Where: City Bloc (upstairs cafe)

We are excited to announce our upcoming film night featuring the Reel Rock 17 films in collaboration with Bloc Wellbeing CIC. Not only will you get to enjoy three heart-stopping new films that feature the biggest climbing and adventure stories of the year, but all profits from the event will go towards supporting Bloc Wellbeing’s mission.

Bloc Wellbeing CIC believe in providing fun programs and expert instructors to promote health, happiness, and connection for all ages and abilities. Their aim is to give everyone access to adventure and the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence, and sense of community.

The Reel Rock 17 films are presented by The North Face and supported by Black Diamond & Yeti.

Burning the Flame

Big wall free climbing masters Babsi and Jacopo seek their greatest challenge yet: a free ascent of Eternal Flame, an elusive, 3,000-ft. route up the legendary Nameless Tower in Pakistan’s Karakoram range. Facing extreme conditions and 5.13 trad climbing at high altitude, a two-year quest comes down to one short weather window. Captured with drones and on-mountain cameras in one of the most stunning places on earth, Burning the Flame transports viewers to a place normally off-limits to all but the world’s best climbers.  

Burning the Flame. Babsi Zangerl a first ascent 5.12 finger crack near Trango Towers basecamp, Pakistan. Photo: Reel Rock / Austin Siadak


29-year-old French sport climber Seb Bouin has been quietly working his way through the elite grades, culminating in his attempt to establish a long pitch out an overhanging cave in the Verdon Gorge of France. His proposed line is so futuristic, the moves so improbable, that if Seb can put it all together it may be the most difficult route ever climbed.

DNA. Photo by Black Diamond / Christian Adams

Resistance Climbing

In the strife-torn hills of Palestine, a diverse crew of Bedouins, dirtbags and urban professionals embraces climbing as a much-needed respite from the burdens of the Israeli occupation. American writer and climber Andrew Bisharat visits the West Bank to explore his own roots and the power of climbing to transform lives.

Resistance Climbing. Urwah Askar plays around in Yabrud. Photo: Reel Rock / Austin Siadak

Films will start promptly at 20:00, so make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early to register and take your seat.

Please note that City Bloc is a climbing wall by day, so the talks will be hosted in an informal setting. Seating will be available on beanbags, folding chairs, and sofas, creating a cozy and relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy the films.

To make the night even more enjoyable, we will also be selling hot drinks, snacks, and Northern Monk beer. So, bring your friends and come along for a fun-filled evening of adventure, community, and great films, all while supporting Bloc Wellbeing CIC’s mission. We look forward to seeing you there!

CB & Bloc Wellbeing CIC x

Past events

Paul Pritchard – The Mountain Path UK Lecture Tour 2022

City Bloc hosted Paul Pritchard’s UK Lecture Tour 2022 – The Mountain Path on Friday 2nd December at 8pm.

Paul was a cutting-edge rock climber and mountaineer hailing from the UK. His climbing adventures took him from Wales to the Himalayas and from Baffin Island to Patagonia.

When he won the Boardman/Tasker Award for mountain literature in 1997, with his book Deep Play, he used the prize money on a world climbing tour that found him in Tasmania climbing a slender sea stack known as The Totem Pole. It was here that all he had known before was turned on its head.

Paul Pritchard, Doing it Scared, Film still, the story of Paul Pritchard’s return to the Totem Pole. Tasmania, Australia.

A note from City Bloc:

We love to put on events and talks that contribute to the climbing psych in Leeds and surrounding areas. The event has a small capacity and the setting is very informal in classic Bloc style with seating on folding chairs, beanbags and sofas. If you have a favourite cushion, blanket or super comfy camping chair you’re welcome to bring that along to the talk for maximum comfort.

Our cafe will be open serving tea, coffee, and snacks. We also have an alcohol licence and will be selling beer from Northern Monk Brewery.

Please arrive 10 -15 mins early to register and find your seat.