“The Trail to Kazbegi,” a film about four adventurers who head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges on their bikes, will be shown at the Banff Film Festival in Austin. Photo by Ross Measures



Forget the Oscars. You’d rather watch films about backpacking and snow skiing and mountain bike riding, right?

For that, head to the 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27 at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue.

The annual event always draws the hiking boot wearing, tent sleeping crowd – my kind of people.

Kayakers attempt a new descent deep in Papua New Guinea in “Locked In,” a film featured in this year’s Banff Film Festival. Photo by Reel Water Productions

Both nights feature outdoor documentaries and short films that are set in or around the mountains. The first night features tamer stuff – nature bits and explorations, thoughtful pieces about international travel. (My fave!) The second night will get your pulse racing with daredevil adventures like extreme climbing, biking and kayaking.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26; films start at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27; films start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $26 for the World Tour on Feb. 26 and $22 for Radical Reels on Feb. 27 and are available at any Austin Whole Earth store or online through the Paramount Theatre. Proceeds will benefit Texas State Parks.