The European Outdoor Film Tour will hit London on the 1st and 2nd November 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
The final film line-up for the EOFT has yet to be decided, but is likely to contain:
Four women, three countries, two months, one river. Their search for a river which still flows freely from its source to its mouth took the American Amber Valenti and her three friends Becca Dennis, Sabra Purdy and Krystle Wright into one of the remotest corners of the world. The headwater of the Amur River rises in Eastern Mongolia, and the river sends the four women on a 5,000-kilometre adventure full of contrasts: pain and happiness, discoveries and farewells, beauty and decay all lie close together and weld the team together. The river and their journey from the heart of Asia to the Pacific teach them one thing in particular: No matter where, when and how—there is always reason to celebrate.
El sendero luminoso
Free solo – that’s climbing without a safety rope, one of the most dangerous sports in the world. There’s nobody who is as good at it as the American Alex Honnold. With perfect preparation, maximum concentration and absolute trust in his abilities, he tackled the El Sendero Luminoso route in Mexico, a 762-metre rock face of compacted lime, in January 2014. His climbing partner Cedar Wright helped him dog the route, but during the critical free solo Alex was completely on his own…
Don’t look down
James Kingston never plays it safe, but still pulls out all the stops. The 23-year-old Brit climbs cranes, bridges and skyscrapers—unbelayed and without batting an eye. In his view, rules are made to be broken. Different standards apply to someone who dangles off a crane at a height of 50 metres, holding on with only his left hand because he needs his right hand for the obligatory selfie. “Most people wet their pants when they look down,” he says, “but why shouldn’t I look down after taking the trouble of climbing up.” Mustang Wanted from Ukraine, himself one of the very first “roofers”, is one of the few who shares James’s passion and even challenges him. But is there anything at all that can impress somebody who lives according to the motto “fear is a choice”?
The frozen titans
It’s a route that you cannot climb in summer and that you don’t really want to climb in winter: Helmcken Falls. But ice-climber Will Gadd knows that the technically challenging mixed route on the rear wall of the 141-metre waterfall can only be mastered at sub-zero temperatures, because that’s when the loose rock is literally frozen up by the spray. However, what works for the route doesn’t necessarily help the athlete. The centimetre-thick layer of ice which Will has to remove from his safety rope at regular intervals doesn’t really make it easier for him to warm up to the route.
They love mud fights in the woods and cutting capers at the scrap yard. We have always suspected it: Mountain bikers never grow up. But still Brandon Semenuk and his little rascals—excuse me, his RAD COMPANY—are so hard-boiled that no trick causes them to wet their pants. Even in the pouring rain they are in full control of their bikes and show us how to turn a scrap yard into a slope style course.
Kayak extravaganza: Ben Marr is standing on the river bank and cannot find a way in, neither into the river nor into the kayaking community. He dreams of belonging and blossoming from a shy greenhorn into a celebrated white-water cowboy. Everything’s possible in his imagination: illuminated waterfalls, a fancy-dress party in the forest, including dancing, a champagne shower and fireworks. In DREAM, professional kayaker Ben Marr combines his skills with lots of imagination and a good dose of irony, creating a fun water-sports spectacle.
For more information and to book tickets for the European Outdoor Film Tour, see: www.eoft.eu