Risk is always a theme of the European Outdoor Film Tour and climbing without ropes or safety equipment is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
This year’s show highlights two very different takes on free solo climbing.
In ‘El Sendero Luminoso’ American Alex Honnold tackles a 762-metre Mexican rock face, relying solely on perfect preparation, total concentration and complete trust in his own abilities.
In ‘Don’t Look Down’ 23-year-old British urban climber James Kingston hangs off cranes, bridges and skyscrapers 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?”
His uncompromising motto is “Fear is a choice.”
Other highlights include ice climber Will Gadd attempting to climb the rear wall of half frozen giant waterfall Helmcken Falls in ‘The Frozen Titans’; some of the highest level mountain bike free riding ever caught on camera in ‘Rad Company’; plus legendary whitewater kayaker Ben Marr (and a giant panda bear!) in the trippy ‘Dream’ and New Zealand caver Kieran McKay searching for the missing link that he hopes will reveal the largest cave in the Southern Hemisphere a thousand metres underground in ‘Cave Connection’.
The show opens and closes with two incredible and contrasting all-female movies.
‘Nobody’s River’ is the emotional story of four women on a 5,000km adventure in one of the remotest corners of the world through Russia and Mongolia to the Pacific Ocean.
‘Shades of Winter – PURE’ is an all-action extravaganza with some of the best female freeski athletes in the world on location in Japan and Alaska, dropping off mountain ridges, taking huge tumbles and landing massive jumps.
James Kingston, the 23- year-old urban climber star of ‘Don’t Look Down’, will be at the London, Sheffield and Manchester shows for a live Q&A.
Find out more at www.eoft.eu. Book tickets online at Ellis Brigham (£13 in advance): http://www.ellis-brigham.com/eoft