Free Solo: Thailand Premiere – 24 Feb, 2019

Adventure Films, Community, Prizes and More!

Hosted by Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures and presented by Cambridge Mask Co., together we are excited to bring the premiere of National Geographic’s Oscar nominated adventure film FREE SOLO to Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) wants everyone to know what living an active lifestyle and recreating outdoors can do for a person’s body, mind and soul.  That’s why we have partnered with Cambridge Mask Co. here in Chiang Mai Thailand to put on this exciting event all about living adventure and caring about the environment and our bodies!

The evening will feature two films, Smoke: A Crisis in Northern Thailand (25 Mins) and National Geographic’s FREE SOLO (1 Hour 40 Mins).  Together the two films are a perfect culmination of adventure and environmental awareness.  Showing the two films together on the same night and during this relevant time (smokey season) we can inspire people to get outside and live adventure no matter what the pollution levels are as well as spread awareness and educate people of the ever thickening issue of the Thailand smokey season.

@ SFX Cinema Maya – Chiang Mai


  • 12:00 – Info Booth Opens @ SFX Cinema
  • 17:00 – Registration and Social
  • 18:30 – Thank You Sponsors
  • 18:45 – Raffle
  • 18:50 – Smoke: A Crisis in Northern Thailand
  • 19:20 – Free Solo
  • 21:00 – Closing and Thank You

Location:  SFX Cinema Maya – Chiang Mai – Directions


Tickets can be purchased online on this webpage, at the CMRCA Store, or at the event if tickets are still available.  Tickets are not available for purchase at SFX Cinema you must buy them through CMRCA!  Your tickets will be available to pick up at the event at the registration table.  Make sure to bring your ID card!

EARLY BIRD – Expires 23 February @ Midnight:

  • 250 THB – General Admission
  • 200 THB – Student Price (must present valid student ID to redeem tickets)
  • 1000 THB – Sofa Seat – Only 6 Available (Includes Seating for 2 People and 2 Raffle Tickets)

DAY OF registration: 

  • 300 THB – General Admission
  • 250 THB – Student Price (must present valid student ID to redeem tickets)
  • 1,000 THB – Sofa Seat – Only 6 Available (Includes Seating for 2 People and 2 Raffle Tickets)

*For group tickets please contact, give us a call at +66 (0) 53 207 102, or visit our shop!


  • Event Entry
  • 1 Raffle Ticket
  • 1 Bouldering Wall Day pas at CMRCA
  • 15% Discount for one purchase at the CMRCA Store

*Additional raffle tickets available for purchase

Title Sponsor: Cambridge Mask Co.

Cambridge Mask Co™ was founded by Christopher Dobbing, a graduate of Cambridge University. After finishing his degree, Christopher moved to China in 2012, where he worked as an education consultant and studied Mandarin. Sadly, many of the talented young people he was working with had developed serious respiratory illnesses. While in Beijing interviewing students for summer programme applications, he would ask “What do you think is the greatest challenge for China in the next decade?” the near universal answer was “air pollution”. Having grown up breathing the pure air of rural England, Christopher found it shocking that many of the children found it ‘normal’ to have a cough and carry an inhaler with them. He believes that no child should have to think like that.

After researching academic publications, health studies, news sources and historical pollution data he began to realise the scale of the issue, a problem that was claiming the lives of literally millions of people around the world every year. A curiosity turned into a passion, which morphed into an obsession – better air.

From 2013-2015 Christopher worked as the China Director for Vogmask, an American brand of pollution mask that he launched and grew into a national brand. In 2015 he left to set up his own business, focusing on his Cambridge roots. Every component of the mask* has been carefully sourced, with quality being at the forefront of every product development decision.

Cambridge Mask Co has grown fast, and now has offices in UK, Beijing and Hong Kong and a client list including schools, hospitals and embassies. In 2016 we gained investment from Y Combinator (YC) via their Fellowship Programme. YC is the incubator behind Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit and many more. Together with the YC partners, the company is working on exciting technological developments that will change the way we think about clean air.

*there are 14, if you were curious.

Check out their website HERE to learn more about Cambridge Mask Co.

ABout the Films

Free Solo

FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Vasarhelyi and Chin succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls “a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime.”



– Alex Honnold – Professional Rock Climber, Film Subject

Alex Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted but hard-working athlete, Alex “No Big Deal” Honnold is known as much for his humble, self-effacing attitude as he is for the dizzyingly tall cliffs he has climbed without a rope to protect him if he falls. Honnold has been profiled by “60 Minutes” and The New York Times, been featured on the cover of National Geographic, appeared in international television commercials and starred in numerous adventure films, including the Emmy-nominated “Alone on the Wall.” He is currently the subject of the documentary feature FREE SOLO, which is being released by National Geographic Documentary Films. 

Honnold is sponsored by The North Face, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Goal Zero, Stride Health and Maxim Ropes. He is the founder of the Honnold Foundation, an environmental nonprofit. To this day, he maintains his simple “dirtbag-climber” existence, living out of his van and traveling the world in search of the next great vertical adventure.


– Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi – Director, Producer

Award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is the director and producer of FREE SOLO, from National Geographic Documentary Films. Co-directed with Jimmy Chin, the film offers an intimate, unflinching portrait of rock climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares for and then achieves his lifelong dream: to climb the face of the world’s most famous rock … without a rope.

Vasarhelyi’s films as a director include “Meru” (Oscars Shortlist 2016; Sundance Audience Award 2015);“Incorruptible” (Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award 2016);“Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” (Oscilloscope, 2009), which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto

Film Festivals; “A Normal Life” (Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2003); and “Touba” (SXSW, Special Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2013). Vasarhelyi has directed a New York Times Op Doc, an episode for Netflix’s nonfiction design series “Abstract” and two episodes for ESPN’s new nonfiction series “Enhanced.” She has received grants from the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Bertha Britdoc, the William and Mary Greve Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a member of the DGA as well as AMPAS. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton University and lives in New York City.

– Jimmy Chin – Director, Producer, Cinematographer

Jimmy Chin is a professional climber, skier, mountaineer, 18-year member of The North Face Athlete Team and National Geographic Explorer. As the director, producer and cinematographer of the National Geographic Documentary Film FREE SOLO, which he co-directed with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Chin captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s nail-biting free solo ascent of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.

Consistently over the past 20 years, Chin has led or participated in cutting- edge climbing and ski mountaineering expeditions to all seven continents and made the first and only American ski descent from the summit of Mount Everest. He is also a filmmaker and National Geographic photographer. He has worked with many of the greatest explorers, adventurers and athletes of our time, documenting their exploits in the most challenging conditions and locations in the world. He has garnered numerous awards shooting on assignment for publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and Outside Magazine, and has directed commercial work for a wide range of clients, including Apple, Chase, Pirelli and The North Face. His 2015 documentary “Meru,” which was also co-directed by Vasarhelyi, won the Audience Award at Sundance and was nominated for best documentary by the DGA and PGA. “Meru” was also shortlisted for an Oscar.

Smoke: A Crisis in northern thailand (2016)

Smoke: A Crisis in Northern Thailand (2016) is a documentary that takes a critical look at the causes and possible solutions to the haze crisis that has plagued Northern Thailand for more than a decade. Filmmaker Marisa Marchitelli spent over a year traveling to the source of the burning in various rural areas across Northern Thailand as well as witnessing initiatives to solve the problem. Along the way she interviewed 20+ farmers, villagers, community leaders, scientists, medical professionals, pollution specialists and more, opening a dialogue about the effects of haze on public health, the environment and the economy. Unfortunately, even 3 years after the film’s initial release, the content still remains quite relevant. Awareness has definitely improved overall with most international schools, hospitals and private action groups joining forces to measure air quality, take precautions and raise awareness.

Read More about this issue and learn how you can do your part to increase awareness and be a part of the solution: CLICK HERE.