One of South Africa's leading adventure filmmakers, Dean Leslie imbues this account of his compatriot and friend, ultrarunner Ryan Sandes', battle against Namibia's infamous Fish River Canyon Trail with great passion and beauty. Short but sweet, the film encapsulates the grandeur of Fish River Canyon, the world's second largest canyon, through Leslie's distinctive cinematography: jaw-dropping landscapes and time lapse sequences set the scene, and scale, of Sandes' mission.
Sandes talks candidly about his failed attempts to break the 10hr 54mins record for running the 85-km trail (completed in five days by hikers). His planning is meticulous and his respect for the canyon immense, yet his exuberance as he runs down Hiker's Descent and up knife-edge ridges is both infectious and inspirational. When he completes the course in just 6hr 57mins, his celebration is understated yet heartfelt.
Despite Sandes' remarkable feat, The Beauty of the Irrational strives for even greater perspective, extending his battle to overcome adversity in Fish Canyon to relate more generally to life's struggles. "Which set of footprints do you take?" Sandes asks as the camera pans out from him running along a dry riverbed to take in the vast canyon. "Or do you make your own path…"
This slick film featuring Jeremy Jones and Luca Pandolfi comes from the masters of adventure movies, Teton Gravity Research (TGR). It's part biography of Jones (younger brother of TGR founders Todd and Steve Jones) and part account of his audacious bid to climb and snowboard Shangri La, a 21,400-ft peak in the Himalayas. Using old family photos, film and interviews with Jones' family, his deep-rooted passion for snowboarding is laid bare. From backyard riding aged nine, Jones went on to dedicate his life first to competitive riding and then to pioneering professional big mountain riding.
Inspired by an old photograph of the towering spines of Shangri La sent to him by a friend, Jones determines to travel to Nepal, climb the peak and ride down it. It's no mean feat: it takes Jones, Pandolfi and the film crew 3 weeks just to reach base camp and acclimatise. An early foray onto Shangri La, some 60 degrees pitch in places, sees Jones fall thousands of feet in a sluff, highlighting the danger of this challenge. On day 32, Jones and Pandolfi shelter by the summit for over 3 hours waiting for clouds to clear from the face. Out of luck, they're faced with a perilous hike down. Undeterred, Jones returns alone to summit Shangri La once more and is rewarded with success, albeit in the form of some 22,000 feet of icy, hard-packed, no-fall zone riding. Just be warned: Jones' helmet cam footage will induce vertigo.
What this film of extreme canyoning might lack in cinematography, it more than makes up for in relentless, adrenaline-pumping action. 'Continue' is the second film put together by the Swiss-based Deap Canyoning crew, following 'The Beginning', which garnered success at several outdoor film festivals.
Warren Verboom, the leader of Deap Canyoning, features in, films and directs this on-the-edge-of-your-chair account of his team's exploits in the Swiss Alps. With their death-defying leaps, eye-popping back flips and graceful dives, the Swiss/Brazilian gang redefine canyoning, displaying unparalleled athleticism and acrobatics. Different segments of the film focus on the skills of various members of the team - Verboom, Lars Nobs, Laso Schaller and Börni Marsden among them - as they roll, slide, run, abseil and hurl themselves down sheer rock faces into pristine glacial pools. The gin-clear water reveals just how close to the rocks these daredevils land and, when head-cams sink you down into the water with them, it's hard to stop yourself holding your breath until they come up for air.
This inspirational film follows two friends, Inge Wegge (25) and Jorn Ranum (22), as they live for nine months on an uninhabited bay on Norway's remote north coast. The enterprising duo build a cabin, complete with oven, from debris found on the beach and restrict themselves to buying food from the "local" shop (several hours' hike away) that's beyond its sell-by-date and would otherwise be discarded.
Beyond the challenge of leading a self-sufficient existence in this barren spot, Wegge and Ranum are drawn to the bay for its surf. Arriving in autumn, the break basks in sunshine until winter sets in: it's north of the Arctic Circle and soon the boys are surfing in sub-zero temperatures in semi-darkness, lit only by the Northern Lights. Melting snow dripping through the roof into their cabin heralds the arrival of spring and jubilation as the sun returns to the bay for the first time in months. Throughout their stay, Wegge and Ranum collect rubbish from the beach, amassing 3 tonnes, which is collected by helicopter to be destroyed, ensuring their tenure not only enriches them but helps preserve their "paradise."
Shot and edited with skill, artistry and wit by Wegge and Ranum, this account of their extraordinary undertaking showcases their passion for surfing and the outdoors as well as their enterprising self-sufficiency.
Short and sweet, this film from veteran BASE jumper Jay Eisenberg adopts the unusual method of depicting jumps in reverse. With the lush valleys and sheer granite rock faces of Switzerland spread out below us, we watch as wing-suited athletes fly backwards to take stand on the rocky outcrops and landing platforms from which they originally launched themselves. The footage is gritty and action-packed, with mostly point of view segments giving a real sense of the sensation and speed of flying, albeit in reverse. At one point we fly upwards through a bank of cloud, at others we fly directly behind (or is it in front of?) a fellow BASE jumper back onto the platform, and at others again we jump and fly in groups of seven. The unadulterated joy and enthusiasm of the jumpers pervades the film, leaving you with a sense of having lived life with them for a few brief moments.
This film takes us on a journey to Afghanistan's remote Wakhan Corridor with legendary mountain biker and filmmaker Matt Hunter as our guide. We cross real and intangible borders with Hunter, taking three days to reach Afghanistan, travelling from Canada through Turkey and Tajikistan. Once there, Hunter and his small team spend five days crossing mountainous, river-punctured terrain in 4x4s to reach the start of their 12-day bike trail. The team's exhilaration on mounting up their bikes after the epic journey is tangible: blue skies, snowy peaks, glacial rivers and yak herders provide the backdrop to the single trails they speed along.
As the first people to attempt this trail by bike, the journey was never going to be easy. Helmet-cam footage of Hunter hurtling along dramatic trails is accompanied by scenes of the team labouring up steep mountains under their bikes, pushing them through snowstorms and being forced to retreat from the 16,416ft Karabel Pass when the porters' mules grind to a halt in deep snow. As Hunter says: "This sucks." However, the storm passes and the team make it into Big Pamir, with days of downhill riding to follow. Forgotten Dirt not only shares Hunter's ambitious journey but communicates the rarely-seen beauty of Afghanistan and warmth of its people.
A down-to-earth British film, Karun follows seasoned traveller Tom Allen and his friend Leon McCarron on a fascinating journey from the source of Iran's 450-mile long Karun river to its mouth at the Persian Gulf. Starting in a snow blizzard in the Zard Kuh mountains, the intrepid adventurers travel on foot, in inflatable kayaks and on bicycles to complete their mission within the one-month timeframe imposed by their tourist visas.
Having prepared for the trip by learning Farsi, Iran's primary language, Allen explains that travelling along the river is essentially an "excuse" to discover the local culture and meet its people. And, as the pair navigate through snow-clad mountains, along turbulent rapids in deep gorges and on treacherous roads winding high above the Karun, they're welcomed by those locals with remarkable warmth and generous hospitality. Whether looking for a safe place to sleep at night, a replacement kayaking paddle or a bicycle to borrow, the locals are unfailingly eager to help, showing that the ancient Persian practice of helping strangers is still very much alive.
This stylish film features climbers Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold on an epic three-week mission to bike and climb all fifteen of California's 14ers (peaks of 14,00ft and over). No strangers to physical pain, the duo make self-deprecating jokes about their everyday struggles (sun burned thighs and saddle soreness) while actually pushing themselves to the very limits of endurance. Add a dash of life & death thrill to the challenge, they also make technical free soloing ascents of the peaks (climbing without ropes).
As with every mammoth adventure, there are highs and lows: summiting five peaks in one day in the Palisades has Wright and Honnold whooping with joy. Misjudging the route up Middle Palisade a few days later, summiting the wrong peak and then having to negotiate a loose, exposed knife-edge ridge traverse to summit the correct one, is less fun. A gruelling, unexpectedly long 14-hour bike ride up White Mountain delivers what Honold calls "among the worst experiences of my life."
Despite the pain, danger and exhaustion the pair endure as they bike over 750 miles, hike over 100 miles and climb over 100,000 feet, they remain witty and upbeat, confident they'll look upon the journey as a highlight of their lives - once the pain has gone.
Brought to us by Surfer magazine, under the direction of Bryce Lowe-White and Ben Wieland, this film travels far from the exotic climes that provide the usual "Endless Summer" backdrop for surf flicks, deep into Alaska. We follow pro surfers Alex Gray, Josh Mulcoy and Peter Devries on their journey deep into the Aleutian Islands, which arch from Alaska towards Russia in some of the most volatile waters in the North Pacific.
It's a pioneering quest: we're more accustomed to cold water surfing in Scotland or Scandinavia than at the feet of snow-clad Alaskan volcanoes. Spending up to five hours a day riding ATVs through mud in search of good breaks, the surfers discover perfect barrelling waves and dream slabs, which they share with each other, some reindeer and the occasional Arctic fox or eagle.
After three unusually balmy days, a storm hits, suspending surfing adventures and exposing the true nature of the Aluetians. However, a break enables the intrepid trio to hit the icy waters again, catching barrel after barrel in a bay near their hut. Sharing their unadulterated joy in discovering these waves, riding for some five hours in freezing waters, we also share their fresh perspective for Mother Nature in all her rugged, brutal splendour.
When Xavier de le Rue, arguably the world's best freeride snowboarder says: "It's getting really serious now", you know you're in for something special. Thirsting for adventure, de le Rue invites fellow freestyle snowboarder Lucas Debari to join him, director Guido Perrini and a select film crew to journey to Antarctica with him on what proves to be the adventure of a lifetime.
A stormy five-day crossing of the infamously treacherous Drake Passage brings the crew to the Antarctic Peninsula, its majesty captured in immaculate detail by Perrini's superb cinematography. Despite the beauty of the surroundings, however, snowboarding conditions are far from perfect and the mood hits rock bottom. After 13 days, however, the weather clears, conditions improve and de le Rue and Debari's long uphill climbs are rewarded with countless first descents. Touring past penguins on the ice cap, riding down virgin slopes to the ocean and tackling The Captain, what de le Rue describes as "the steepest thing I've ever seen": this is where snowboarding crosses over into mountaineering and exploration. With Perrini's stunning footage complementing toe-curlingly gnarly descents, this film is as much about the pristine beauty, rich wildlife and sheer scale of Antarctica as it is about snowboarding.
A team of kayakers and filmmakers, including Erik Boomer, Tyler Bradt, Galen Volckhausen, Tim Kemple, Anson Fogel, Blake Hendrix and Skip Armstrong, head to Veracruz State in Mexico in search of the perfect waterfall and the perfect shot.
Delving into the heart of the remote Mexican jungle they battle with endless rain, mud and biting insects in pursuit of their passion. Whilst they take on epic waterfalls and confront Mexico’s natural surroundings, they meet with an unexpected world filled with fascinating native people (who live so well in the jungle as to practically become it) and find a smile at the end of every dirt road.
Yet, in spite of the bug bites, the aggressive viruses and the ceaseless rainfall that hinders filmmaker and kayaker, the team find perfection. This is it: Cascada.
This award-winning, feature-length movie about the turbulent history and enduring love affair with rock climbing in Yosemite is also an exploration of America's counterculture through the past 60 years. The constantly evolving "outlaw activity" of rock climbing in California's legendary valley emerges as the ideal reflection of the issues generations of Americans have experienced with authority, asserting personal freedom and pushing boundaries. That's not to say Sender Films takes itself too seriously: by tweaking 1960s silver gelatin prints with Wes Anderson-style artistry and wit, using death-defying freeclimbing and BASE jumping footage, and bringing Yosemite's climbing legends alive through interviews and personal accounts - all set to a great soundtrack - the film remains entertaining throughout.
The film starts in the 1950s during the Beatnik era: penniless bums such as the pioneering Royal Robbins and Warren Harding were drawn to Yosemite by the words of Jack Kerouac and John Muir, seeking to live life pushing the limits of their own capabilities, and authority. The 1970s brought the next phase of the "revolution": the Stonemasters, who evolved rock climbing to new levels of athleticism, daring and celebrity. By the late 1990s, the Stone Monkeys had taken over, with climbers such as Dean Potter and Alex Honnold continuing to drive climbing forward with dizzying free climbs, speed climbing and BASE jumping.
For some, embracing the mountains is not just part of life, it’s a way of life. The search for snow shapes how they approach these peaks, and how they approach the world. Whether athletes spend their days dropping first descents in Alaska, lapping the local mountain or training for the Olympics, they’re part of a community built around a shared passion. The bonds that form from this community transcend continents and cultures, transforming strangers into friends. After all, a smile on a powder day needs no translation.
Shot on location in 2013, Teton Gravity Research’s Way of Life takes you on a journey to the mountains and inside the minds of today’s top athletes. With stunning imagery created with GSS, Red Cinema and the Sony Action Cam, this film explores the origins of skiing in Austria, the search for original lines in Alaska and the U.S. Freeskiing Team’s quest for Olympic gold. The adventure also leads athletes to the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole and the Tetons, as well as the backcountry of British Columbia. Regardless of the terrain they ride, the athletes featured in Way of Life push the boundaries of what’s possible. This journey takes them across the globe as they form a brotherhood that needs no language.
Not Bad is a tale of seven riders who come together for 30 days of bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand. Featuring members of Trek’s talented and diverse C3 Project Team, including Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard, Anthill Films set out to capture them pushing the limits of biking, whilst having an all-round good time.
From their base in Queenstown, the crew and riders were able to access a huge diversity of locations from epic alpine singletrack and dirt jump heaven at the Gorge Road jumps, to awesome stunts on the famous Frew Farm. With five cameras rolling at all times, the crew catch both the adventures outside and the ‘extra-curricular’ activities that the team indulge in during the time spent under one roof. From food fights to exploring the trails of the Remarkables, it’s amazing what you can see and do in just thirty days.
The Last Great Climb is the latest instalment from Alastair Lee and Posing Productions, the team that brought you Autana and The Asgard Project. Set to be the epic to end all mountain epics, the film documents top adventure climber Leo Houlding as he takes on the stunning mountains of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.
Along with his tried and tested team of Jason Pickles and Sean ‘Stanley’ Leary, Leo attempts to make the first ascent of the North East ridge of the masterpiece of this Antarctic mountain range; the majestic Ulvetanna Peak. This is one of the most technically demanding climbs in one of the world’s harshest environments. As we witness the 2013 team on their struggle up the peak, the film also treats us to interviews from Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Conrad Anker, Ivar Tolleffsen and Robert Caspersen, who share their personal experiences of Queen Maud Land, having first explored the area in 1994.
In Into the Wilderness, Frank Dias jets far away from his 9-5 desk job and heads into the Alaskan wilderness. Inspired by the life of Christopher McCandless, well-known as the subject of book and film Into the Wild, Frank set out to hike the strenuous Stampede Trail in Christopher’s footsteps, seeking to explore his own version of McCandless’ story and discover the meaning of adventure.
In 2013, Nissan granted one person the chance to live out their ultimate adventure. That person was Frank Dias whose entry into the Nissan Juke Built to Thrill competition led him to Alaska in search of Bus 142, home and final resting place of Christopher McCandless. From a normal life in London to the vast outdoors of Alaska, Frank was faced with no easy hike, crossing two large rivers, walking for miles over uneven terrain and battling with plagues of mosquitos, all the while being filmed by adventure cameraman, Paul “Mungo” Mungeam. Nevertheless, the poignant arrival at the bus reminds Frank that his real triumph is in sharing this adventure, echoing McCandless’s words: “Happiness is only real when shared”.
The sun sets on a beautifully clear evening in Yosemite National Park, California. As the moon rises behind Cathedral Peak, Dean Potter climbs to the top and highlines with one of the most spectacular backdrops imaginable.
Dean Potter is a free climber, BASE jumper and highliner from the USA with several first ascents to his name. Known for speed and solo climbing, and for many feats in his favourite climbing spot, Yosemite, Dean continues to push the boundaries of free climbing to their limits. This short piece is no less daring or creative than we would expect, so sit back and revel in its serene and dangerous beauty.
In June 2011, three experienced paragliding pilots, Thomas de Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco arrive in the Karakoram mountain range in Northern Pakistan aiming to break records. Follow them as they explore the legendary Karakoram Highway, seeking to break the world record for the highest altitude and longest distance Himalayan flight.
Their journey takes them deep into the mountain communities of Pakistan, where Thomas, Horacio and Hernan are welcomed by the local people, invited into a way of life that has existed for centuries. From the ground, these communities guide them and stand in awe as they soar above glorious peaks, the highest concentration of 7,000 metre peaks in the world.
Mixing sheer distance and height with astounding aerobatics (Horacio and Hernan are known for their ‘acro’ skills), the team revels in the freedom that these vast landscapes offer. As they fly cross country surrounded by alpine scenery and reaching distances of over 200km, it becomes apparent that in this remote corner of the world they have found some of the earth’s finest paragliding.
Stealth is a slick, short thriller set in the lively heart of London that follows Josh, a young man who seeks to break into a bank during the early hours of an urban morning. Evading the patrolling security guards with a display of incredible parkour skills and athleticism, as we reach inside the building it soon becomes apparent why Josh is really here.
This short film features an exciting soundtrack and modern feel that provides non-stop action in pursuit of the ultimate thrill.
So many people spend their entire lives asleep while only a select few know what it is like to be truly awake.
Pro-kayaker Ben Brown had a dream to chase and paddle some of the biggest and most dangerous white water found in his native home, New Zealand. When Ben called on some friends to share in this passion for adventure and discovery, they had no hesitation in accepting – and so began a 35 day adventure that spanned both islands of New Zealand.
Joined by Rafa Ortiz (Mexico), Rush Sturges (USA) and Jared Meehan (New Zealand), Ben set out on his dream journey, an expedition that eventually saw them travel over 8,000km, paddle for 24 days and descend 17 rivers. Witness as the team reach new kayaking frontiers from remote parts of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, through the big water runs of South Otago and across the North Island’s central volcanic plateau. No easy expedition, the pros are often reminded of their vulnerability as the river asserts its control.
Despite mental and physical challenges, the huge runs, epic white water and thrilling achievements combine to make one thrilling adventure. This is Red Bull Flow Hunters.
Into the Empty Quarter follows hardened British adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron on their latest quest to follow in the footsteps of one of their heroes, Wilfred Thesiger.
Thesiger, an Ethiopian-born British man, was a renowned explorer who spurned modern technology, convenience, speed and luxury. In some of his most famous adventures, he spent time travelling across the Empty Quarter, the Rub ‘al Khali Desert, where the sheer hardship and simplicity of life repeatedly drew him back. In the spirit of Thesiger, Alastair and Leon set out on their own adventure to walk 1,000 miles across the Arabian Peninsula, through the Empty Quarter from Oman to the United Arab Emirates.
With little around to distract them except the empty, open and monotonous desert spaces, Alastair and Leon discover their own hardships, discontent, excitement, boredom and happiness in the simplicity of walking across the desert. Occasionally meeting with local people, they learn to appreciate not just the goal, but the journey itself, a personal venture that brings them closer to Thesiger than ever before.
What drives some of the world’s most talented adventure athletes to do what they do? That is the question asked by filmmaker Corey Rich in WHY. This film follows kayaker, Dane Jackson, climber, Alex Honnold and mountain biker, Rebecca Rusch as they explore their own motivations for living the extreme lives that they do.
Set amongst the epic waterfalls of Veracruz, Mexico, the beautiful rock of California’s Joshua Tree National Park and the incredible stone arches of Moab, Utah, we see the athletes in the environments that they call home. Whether in the water, on the rock or on two wheels, it is pushing their physical boundaries, exploring new places and finding that simple focus that continues to drive Dane, Alex and Rebecca and inspire those around them.
WHY features beautiful cinematography from Corey Rich and his team as they attempt to portray the world as seen through the eyes of these exceptional athletes. Be sure to check out HOW of WHY to see just how those superb shots were achieved.
Rarely do we get a chance to glimpse into the challenging and complicated lives of the production crew behind many of the world’s best adventure films. Following on from WHY comes Corey Rich’s HOW of WHY and an insight into the world of professional adventure camera crews.
The police tickets, the bug bites, the rigging, the packing, the climbing, the sleep deprivation and the desire to obtain the perfect shot are all features of this film as we follow Corey Rich and his crew from Mexico to Utah to California in just 13 days. Exploring the Nikon D4 camera and its technical capabilities to blur the boundary between still and motion pictures, Corey invites us behind the scenes to witness the challenges (and the fun) faced whilst making WHY.
This is not just an illustration of the making of WHY; it’s a unique and inspiring portrayal of the dedication, multi-tasking and hard work that goes into any adventure production, and just how enjoyable it can be!
In 2000, John Dickey went on an expedition to Kyrgyzstan and was kidnapped by violent militants who held him and his partners at gunpoint for six days - until the climbers made a harrowing escape through the mountains of the Kara Su valley. The Kyrgyzstan Project chronicles John's return to Kyrgyzstan in 2012 and his quest for resolution through climbing.
Joined by two elite climbers and close friends, Matt Segal and Eric Decaria, John goes on a restorative journey back to the big granite walls of Kyrgyzstan. They each have a personal struggle at stake on their adventure in the wake of losing two of their closest friends to the mountains. This film follows the team on their ascent of The Russian Tower as we witness the healing power of climbing adventures.
Eighteen years ago, Pascale Honore suffered a car accident that changed her life forever. She was diagnosed a T4 paraplegic and her dreams of surfing along the coast of South Australia were crushed. However, with the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape, she can finally feel what it’s like to be amongst the waves.
Pascale watched her two sons as they grew up surfing in their home town of Elliston, but it wasn’t until a close friend of theirs offered to strap Pascale to his back and attempt to surf with her that she was able to ride alongside them. Tyron Swan, a big wave surfer and professional diver, saw the extra weight on his back as a new challenge, and a way to simply change the life of a woman who has always dreamed of surfing.
Duct Tape Surfing has gone from grabbing local attention to inspiring thousands across the globe. Pascale and Ty continue to search for bigger waves and invite you to follow their journey.
In The Beginning, Warren Verboom and his team take the sport of canyoning to a new level. Taking on ridges, slides and waterfalls with the skill and style of acrobats, this film combines traditional rappels with daring jumps, flips and dives. Exploring the world’s canyons by plunging headfirst into cold pools and streams, the Deap Canyoning team shows us how to perfectly blend mountain and water sports in pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Warren Verboom grew up skateboarding and snowboarding before moving on to sky diving and BASE jumping. He claims it is his love of “jumping off something” that eventually drew him to the sport of canyoning, where he found a limitless playground for adults with a love for the extreme. Warren’s aim, along with his team, is to open up the sport of canyoning and fulfil its potential as a new extreme sport.
At the beginning of the 2011 trail running season Kilian set out to win five races on five continents. The lengths varied in distance, climate and altitude – from a 100 mile race in the scorching heat of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the vertical ascent of South East Asia's highest mountain in Malaysian Borneo, Mount Kinabalu.
Follow his experiences over the year, from the pressures of high-end competition to his unprecedented performance and success. This story is not just about what he has achieved, but rather what he has learnt from running in these surroundings and the emotions they bring. The film immerses itself in the trail communities around the world as Kilian and his teammates, friends and competitors try to understand the desire they have for the mountains and running.
For many, it is the simplicity of running, its meditative nature and the freedom it offers to explore new landscapes that drives their passion for the sport. 5 Races, 5 Continents is an inspirational ode to the beauty of trail running, a sport that is inherently simple and pure.
After spending a decade working abroad as a photojournalist, Colorado native Pete McBride decided to focus on something closer to his home and his heart; the Colorado River. Having grown up on a cattle ranch, where the river ran straight through his backyard, McBride was curious to see where the irrigation water eventually ended up; so he decided to follow it, from source to sea, on a personal journey that took nearly 3 years.
This short film takes the viewer on a 1500 mile adventure downstream, from mountains to cities and through canyons and across shrinking reservoirs and throws up spectacular images that showcase the grandeur of the Colorado River and growing human thirst. This visual journey is both revealing and alarming as it highlights the state of the river and the southwest's drying future.
Recruiting his father John as his principle pilot, McBride chose an aerial vantage to capture a unique and fresh view of the Colorado River Basin. He also partnered with Jon Waterman, an author who stayed stream level to paddle the entire length of the river. From both levels, it is clear that this ‘American Nile’ is in danger of disappearing.
It’s the scene of one of the greatest and most tragic human exploration stories of all time: when Amundsen and Scott raced each other to be the first at the South Pole, neither knew one team would triumph while the other would die in a lonely and brutal way. One hundred years later, Australian adventurers James Castission and Justin Jones dare not only to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and return, but to do it completely unassisted.
After their successful voyage kayaking across the Tasman Sea (Crossing the Ditch), Cas and Jonesy set out to drag their food, their shelter and themselves across 1140km of barren ice. And back again. Many have tried, and many have failed, but after years of planning and preparation, Cas and Jonesy arrive to tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys.
However, whilst on their way to the world’s southernmost continent, they discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott’s epic quest; there’s a Norwegian on the ice. He’s more experienced, he’s tackling the exact same record and he has a head start. As they battle frostbite, hypothermia, crevasses and starvation over three months of torture in the harshest place on earth, Cas and Jonesy discover their limits, the nature of sportsmanship and the boundaries of the human spirit.
Imagine if the future could talk. What would you ask of it?
Dana Saint’s A Story for Tomorrow imagines just that. The future examining the present as two people travel in search of the one thing we all seem to be looking for – meaning. Their journey takes them across the diverse lands of Chile and Patagonia, from sand dunes and barren plains to green pools and oceans of yellow flowers.
Feel inspired by the captivating narration, which plays out over a plethora of unique images. With wild birds in flight, elderly men making their living from the ocean, smoking volcanoes, young surfers, green vineyards, bubbling waterfalls and warm, homely kitchens, this film invites you in to the landscape.
So, does the future really matter when existing in the present is already full of adventure? Be inspired, explore and just enjoy your story.
in the Himalayas of Nepal has long been the ultimate dream for adventurers from across the globe. Others are lucky enough to call it home.
Local mountainbiker and Himalayan mountain guide, Mandil Pradhan, is one of them. Follow him as he rides in the shadows of the sacred peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, through mystic Himalayan villages and along trails that have been trodden upon for centuries. Mountains shining with snow tower over the Kali Gandaki River, forming the deepest valley on the planet – this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places to ride.
Himalayan High is Mandil’s love letter to these astonishing mountains. His descent from the windy peak of a trail to the centre of the village below passes wild horses and curious faces before welcoming us home. Mountainbiking isn’t just about the fast descents, flips and tricks – here it is simply about being in the mountains, breathing in ancient landscapes and experiencing the magic that they bring.
Two wheels, two pedals and two points of view. BI.KE – A Symmetric Vehicle is a multi-angle celebration of mountainbiking. Playing out in a split-screen style, all the shots from the movie are filmed from two different points of view and presented side-by-side.
Tom Malecha’s celluloid experiment allows us to see things differently, both on and off the bike, amidst backdrops of the beautiful Swiss mountains. With two screens, you get double the action and double the mountainbike fun.
25 minutes inside the mind of extreme skier Andreas Fransson
Andreas Fransson has been called the boldest extreme skier in a generation. Over the past 3 years he’s logged first descents in a half-dozen countries, battled back to life from an accident that nearly killed him, and become the most talked about skier in the epicenter of all things extreme – Chamonix, France.
What makes Andreas most intriguing, however, are his thoughtful musings on meaning from a life on the edge - a willingness to enter mental spaces that few have ever experienced. In Tempting Fear Sweden’s soft-spoken Adventurer of the Year explores a place in which fear overwhelms all emotions, playing both friend and enemy in a pas de deux where death lies just one misstep away.
The supernatural… does it exist? The Shapeshifter attempts to recreate the mystical world with a legend of whitewater kayaking, Ben Marr. As he shreds the upper reaches of Quebec, he pushes limits to new and undiscovered levels in this movie from the Of Souls + Water series.
Best known for his huge freestyle tricks and for pioneering many of the massive waves found in the province of Quebec, Ben twists and flips amidst rapid river flow with ease. The film takes us to the river by day and by night, showcasing Ben’s awe-inspiring wave-riding.
With a poetic backdrop that ignites the curious explorer in all of us, the film soon explodes into action. Whether the supernatural exists or not, this alone is a phenomenal sight.
Viewed at a distance, the world of mountain biking is a disjointed network of seemingly similar but disconnected communities: freeride, downhill, big mountain, all mountain, dirt jump, slopestyle. It’s a sport of individuals. However, whilst our stories might not follow a straight line, we all end up in the same place: tyre to ground, foot to pedal, hand to bar, drawn together by trails of dirt.
Strength in Numbers is a rally call to connect all mountain bikers, regardless of location, language or discipline. The film captures various walks of life, from the world’s best pros to those who are just learning to love the sport. Featuring over 30 different riders including Andrew Shandro, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul and Gee Atherton, this film is a place for mountain bikers to come together.
Two years in the making, the team travelled to some of mountain biking’s most iconic locations in search of core action and compelling stories. The mission was to capture the full diversity of the sport; from the World Cup Circuit to back yard dirt jumps, from the largest bike park in the world in Whistler to remote high‐alpine trails in Nepal.
The ultimate goal is to unite all riders and inspire everyone to get out and ride. So, come join us!
A second preview of Charley Boorman’s latest adventure features another leg of his journey across the largely unknown country of South Africa. From the icy roads of Sani Pass, Charley takes to the depths with one of the world’s most fearful predators – Great White Sharks.
Charley throws himself into all the experiences that South Africa has to offer – from its dangers to its wonders – as he samples the history and the life of the country. In this film, we see the adventurer cage diving with menacing Great White Sharks in the rough Atlantic seas. Charley and the team head out to the ocean to entice the sharks into the waters surrounding their boat before plunging in to get a closer look.
Beyond this short adventure, he travels by motorbike across the entire country - from south to east; from north to west - traversing the vast and varying landscapes of this diverse and beautiful country.
‘Dark Side of the Lens’ is a poetic visual offering a passionate and personal glimpse into the life and motivations of an ocean-based photographer. The film voices the untold story of the cameraman through a poignant, poetic narrative set against stunning vistas of a harsh, isolated yet magical stretch of the Irish coastline.
The landscape illustrates both power and beauty in a mind-blowing environment of epic waves, strange sealife and monolithic clifflines. The photographer dives in amongst huge explosions of water and winter waves, attempting to capture the ocean to produce images that inspire and awe.
Behind each shot is risk – but physical wounds won’t break the psychological and emotional bond with the sea, a love and passion that combines to create the unique artform of ocean photography. Through his images, the cameraman brings his art into focus (the risks involved, the challenges faced, the highs and lows of the game) and illustrates what it takes to succeed in a specialist niche that demands this strange combination of photographic and physical prowess.
The result is a unique, moving and inspirational understanding of the nomadic lifestyle of the ocean photographer; the dark, cold adventure provides a present and a past to remember, even if its future remains uncertain.
The Grand Canyon is an immense place and one of the last places in the American West to be explored. John Wesley Powell called it the "Great Unknown," having no idea what rapids, waterfalls or canyons awaited him on his first descent of the river in 1869. In the decades since, the Canyon has been a playground for dozens of explorers. River runners, backpackers and routefinders have all laid claim to the Canyon's iconic landmarks, often seeking out prestigious "firsts."
While many significant points of interest were being explored, there was one feature that was left almost entirely ignored: the Canyon's innumerable technical slots. Some of the Canyon's most remarkable features are hidden within these shadows. This movie chronicles one team’s exploration of these mysterious, deep and concealed rock canyons.
The barrier to entry is steep and the expedition requires acute knowledge of backpacking, packrafting, rappeling, anchor building and off-trail navigation. Last of the Great Unknown tells the story of these slots and the canyoneers who systematically explore the secrets hidden deep within their walls.
Following on from the global success of Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers: Canada, which featured in Adventure Film Festival 2011, adventurer Boorman has once again teamed up with producer/director Russ Malkin to take on yet another stunning journey. This year, it’s across the largely unknown country of South Africa.
Charley and the team take on an epic, seven week expedition that covers the highs to the lows, from the oceans to the deserts. In this preview of the television series, airing on Channel 5 in autumn 2012, Charley gets to grips with the majestic yet incredibly precarious Sani Pass, where he will have to navigate the icy roads to reach the peak. With the adrenaline pumping, they struggle to stay on course as the elements prove a tough opponent for their vehicles.
Throughout his journey, Charley will experience the sights, sounds, smells, history and culture of the people, the towns and the wilderness of South Africa as he takes his bike across this magnificent country.
Please note that this film includes scenes in French with English subtitles throughout.
I Believe I Can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies) follows an incredible journey into the unknown as two friends, Tancrède and Julien, test the boundaries of free flight. Battling fear in pursuit of their dream to fly, they embark on a new evolution of their sport – BASE-lining.
Already pioneers in highlining, a combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking, the pair use their skills and passion to take it further and incorporate BASE-jumping into the sport. From the skyscrapers of Paris to the Verdon gorge, Tancrède and Julien travel with their friends practising and preparing for the ultimate test in the fjords of Norway.
But this is not just about creating a new sport; this film explores the beauty of sharing the adventure. Just as the slackliner himself is set free, so are his friends that look on with their hearts in their throats – especially when he is soloing the line.
The fear is always there, but so is the endless possibility of what can be achieved. The only question that remains is: can months of planning and training really lead them to their dream of complete freedom... the freedom of flight?
This is My Winter follows snowboarder, Xavier de le Rue, during one of the worst winter seasons to strike Europe in recent years. Desperately seeking prime spots and supreme conditions, Xavier and a team of friends and filmmakers, including Guido Perrini, Andreas Fransson and Mathieu Crepel, set out to produce a snowboarding movie that will stand out in the sea of winter sports films that are released each year. And here it is.
With less snow and warmer weather, Xavier struggles to find the terrain he knows best; high alpine lines on perfect mountain snow. The alternative? Big mountain runs on enormous ice sheets, some up to 50 or 60 metres long. Still attempting to get the speed and style he is known for, Xavier and the team take bigger risks to get those epic mountain shots.
Not just a snowboarding movie, this film also gives an insight into the effort, luck and commitment it takes to produce the awesome winter films we enjoy each year. With interviews from the team interspersed with Xavier’s impressive skills on snow and ice, this really is a big mountain movie to be reckoned with.
An experienced Polar explorer and ocean-rower, Jock Wishart set out to achieve another World first by being part of a crew to row to the certified 1996 Magnetic North Pole. Apart from being an extreme physical and emotional challenge, the expedition was also an opportunity to highlight the effects of climate change in the Arctic region.
Adventurer Charley Boorman journeys around the second largest country in the world, Canada, to get under its skin and experience all that the country has to offer. From camping and canoeing along the Blood Vein River to climbing Mount Fable.
‘Follow that Fire Engine’ is the unique story of a record-breaking world circumnavigation. In 2010, Steve Moore and his crew set out on the expedition to cover 26,000 miles (including 11,000 miles of water) and 28 countries across the globe, but with one big difference… by travelling in a fire engine!
Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. Born in Switzerland, he has stormed to the top of the speed-climbing world, smashing countless records on some of the tallest, most dangerous and most difficult walls in the world. Efficient, fast and precise – he is the Swiss Machine.
For the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan’s 8,000 metre peaks in mid-winter. On 2nd February 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards became the first. This film charts their arduous, traumatic and almost deadly journey up and down Gasherbrum II (the mountain also known as K4).
Follow climbers Mark Synnott, Alex Honnold and British-born James Pearson as they travel across the roadless, windswept deserts of north-eastern Chad. Basing their expedition on nothing more than a few photographs and rumours of a promised land of countless unclimbed sandstone towers.
A team of skiers head deep into the disputed region of Kashmir, a north-western part of the Indian subcontinent, to change its hazardous reputation through adventure. Although deemed the "most dangerous place in the world" during the 90s, the team find an aesthetically beautiful landscape that defies all expectation.
Lucky Chance is a young Australian with an obsession for the outdoors. A climber, free-soloist, gymnast, slack-liner and circus-enthusiast, he has finally found his calling as a BASE jumper. This is just one section of insane adventure film, ‘Smitten the Movie’
Chimæra is a utopia – in this case, the skier’s utopia. Mythologically-speaking it is a fusion of animal forms that has its origins in ancient Greece. Here, it is a personification of winter, the fusion of elements coming together to create the perfect skiing heaven.
This documentary chronicles the lifestyle of one of the most dangerous and physically challenging sports in the world - freediving. Placing the body under unnatural pressure, shutting down the instinct to fight for air, William Trubridge repeatedly risks his life by plunging into the deep ocean on a single breath.
Dominic Gill is a renowned adventurer who has made a name for himself by travelling across the world by tandem accompanied by a mix of fascinating strangers each taking a seat on the back. ‘Take a Seat: Egypt’ is the latest instalment of Dominic’s unique view of the struggles of adventure mixed with the everyday challenges of human life.
Kilian Jornet is an ultra-runner. Far from just a jog in the park, this man flies up mountains at incredible speeds, reaching heights of over 4,000 metres. Taking mountain-running back to its routes, this film charts Kilian as he attempts to conquer the famous, mythical landmark of Mount Olympus.
Even for the most experienced of cavers, each descent into darkness brings with it the fear and excitement of the unknown. Fighting apprehension and leaving the open air behind them, this film tracks a group of young cavers as they push and pull themselves through a claustrophobic underground maze.
“Balance a bike right, keep the pedals turning, forget about everything except right now and there’s no place you can’t ride” – this film will prove that to you. There are no boundaries when it comes to seeking and building new trails that will push the mountain bike and mountain biker to its limits.
What started out as a dream for pro free-skiers Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend soon became a year-long project to turn it into reality. Having honed their skills on the slopes, they turned their talents to the water and attempt to use snow skis to surf big waves.
Pro-freediver Guillaume Néry walks into the water and calmly marches towards the edge of Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island, the Bahamas. Giving himself up to the water, he takes the plunge and free falls towards the ocean floor. This isn’t just a dive, this is an underwater basejump.
The pressure is off. No one is watching. It's just you, your boards and the mountain. The weather has broken and the snow is untracked. There's only one place to go, but there are an infinite number of ways to get there. Adjust your gear, take a deep breath and … ski, shred, huck, bomb, launch, spin, charge …Like There’s No Tomorrow.
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