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Jumping off a mountain to fly down it in a ‘wing-suit’, rowing 3,500 miles across an ocean or trekking across the largest desert might might not be on your bucket list, writes Graham Walker.

Not yet.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

But that could all change as some of the world’s most inspirational adventure seekers showcase the thrill of pushing minds and bodies to the limit in Sheffield.

Climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, running, speed cycling, parkour free-running, free-diving and more will be showcased in Sheffield.

Fasten your seat belts – here comes the annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, April 4 to 6.

Six big screens will host more than 100 adventure, travel and extreme sports films at the Showroom Cinema and Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Lecture Theatre, as well as Red Bull’s free outdoor Cityscape Cinema and Tour de Cinema, at the dramatic amphitheatre overlooking the railway station, with spectacular views of the city.

Wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss attempts to fly through the Tianmen Mountain cave in Heaven's Gate at Sheffieled Adventure Film Festival.

Wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss attempts to fly through the Tianmen Mountain cave in Heaven's Gate at Sheffieled Adventure Film Festival.

A taste of what’s in store at this year’s festival will be revealed at the Lowepro Adventure Photography exhibition, which opens at The Workstation on Monday, March 31.

The question, of course, asked of all adventure sport athletes is, is it worth it and how do you weigh up the danger of injury or even death against the buzz from topping out on a mountain, carving a fresh line down a scarily steep slope, back-flipping a mountain bike off a massive ramp or jumping off a sheer cliff in a wingsuit?

Workshops with some of the amazing athletes captured on film will also take place, with the opportunity to ask such questions.

Organisers have teamed up with Sheffield Hospitals Charity to host a special Risk & Reward evening (Saturday, April 5, 8pm), raising funds for a satellite blood fridge to support the Emergency Unit at Sheffield North General Hospital, with £8 from every £11 ticket going to the charity, as well as a suggested donation of £1 at all other sessions during the weekend.

Red Bull's free outdoor Cityscape Cinema and Tour de Cinema at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - offering spectacular views of the city.

Red Bull's free outdoor Cityscape Cinema and Tour de Cinema at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - offering spectacular views of the city.

There are few better qualified to talk about the issue, or more inspirational to promote adventure sports, than Scottish mountaineer and quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew. At ShAFF will introduce the cinematic premiere of his new film for Channel 5, The Limbless Mountaineer, about his quest to become the first disabled person to summit the 14,692ft Matterhorn.

Jamie lost both his hands and feet to frostbite when he was stranded in an unexpectedly ferocious storm for five nights on a mountain in the Alps, which killed his best friend and climbing partner, Jamie Fisher.

He said: “I think as a mountaineer you’re aware of the risks and hazards. Mountaineers are good risk managers and take steps to moderate danger in as safe a manner as possible, so when an accident does happen, it doesn’t cause you to turn your back on mountaineering entirely. Instead it gives you cause to once again reevaluate dangers you face and the steps you take to reduce those risks.”

ShAFF Director Matt Heason explained why this year’s festival is set to be the biggest and best yet

Sheffield Hospitals Charity will benefity from donations at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Sheffield Hospitals Charity will benefity from donations at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Previewing some of the highlights he said: “Sheffield’s creative and athletic talent are out in full force at ShAFF. Climbers Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker premiere the sequel to the award-winning Wide Boyz about the brutal sport of climbing narrow cracks, so painful Tom says, ‘It’s like slamming your hands in a car door’.

“Sheffield Hallam Uni photography student Ed Birch and recent graduate Tom Richards are premiering their debut mountain bike films, 7 Cogs of Sheffield and North. Former geography student Nick Brown of Outcrop Films is back with two new climbing films Careless Torque and Parthian Shot featuring local climbers Mini Leslie-Wujastyk and Ben Bransby.

“Not to be outdone Sheffield Uni philosophy student Ismar Badzic returns with his snowboard sequel Deeper than Snow. And Sheffield mountain bike legend Steve Peat tells the story of his epic career in Won’t Back Down on Sunday night.

“If you’re a climber, runner, cyclist or lover of snow and big waves and white water, there’s something for you in one of the many specialist sport films sessions. If it’s inspiration you’re after, head to the Spirit of Adventure screenings featuring incredible journeys and heart-warming stories. And if you’re looking for jaw-dropping action, book now for the Adrenaline show for a roller coaster ride.

“The extra screen in the Pennine Lecture Theatre means for the first time ShAFF can show a range of full-length feature films. With the Grand Départ coming to Yorkshire, don’t miss Half The Road about the fight for equality in women’s pro-cycling.

“There’s plenty for families to enjoy with more Young Adventurer screenings than ever with free children’s activities, as well as the Teen Screen and the all-weekend Adventure Bites loop. Two feature films also have family-friendly certification – Project Wild Thing (PG) and The Crash Reel (PG). The Red Bull free outdoor Cityscape Cinema and our speaker sessions are also open to all.”

'Limbless Mountaineer' Jamie Andrew at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

'Limbless Mountaineer' Jamie Andrew at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Local musicians and bands will be performing live all weekend in the Showroom Bar where you can enjoy a special Adventure menu, including £3.95 kids meals.

Tickets are available online from The Showoom or call the box office on 0114 2757727. Full details are available on the website www.shaff.co.uk.

A suggested donation of £1 from every ticket going to Sheffield Hospitals Charity to raise £5,000 to buy a blood fridge for the Northern General’s Emergency Department.

WHAT TO BOOK - READ MORE AND WATCH VIDEO TRAILERS

Wondering what to book? With 100-plus films it’s a tough choice. Here’s Festival director Matt Heason’s quick guide to some unmissable events.

* Murder of Couriers: Feature film, Sunday, April 6, 9.30pm,: Three years in the lives of a group of cycle couriers. A rare insight into the life of fascinating and controversial sub-culture. Watch the trailer for Murder of the Couriers - CLICK HERE.

* The Road from Karakol, Spirit of Adventure 1: Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 12pm. Alpinist Kyle Dempster sets off to bike Kyrgyzstan’s back-roads on his way to climb as many of the region’s peaks as possible knowing only 10 words of Kyrgyz.

* Heaven’s Gate, Spirit of Adventure 1, Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 12pm: Wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss attempts to fly through the Tianmen Mountain cave. You try flying through the eye of a needle on live TV with your mum watching. Watch the trailer for Heaven’s Gate - CLICK HERE.

* Valhalla, Ski and Board Films 3: Sunday, April 6, 4.30pm: Rediscover the joy of seeing snow for the first time. Artistic, thoughtful, moving and funny – perfect powder porn (including naked skiing) with an original fictional spin. Watch the trailer for Valhalla - CLICK HERE.

* The Burn: Various screening dates and times at The Showroom: Stunning ski short filmed against the backdrop of a forest fire with a cracking soundtrack. Four chances to see it in Ski & Board 1 and Adrenaline 1 as well as family-friendly Adventure Bites loop and Young Adventurers 3 screening.

For full details and to buy tickets visit the official web site at www.shaff.co.uk.

Tickets are available online from The Showoom or call the box office on 0114 2757727. Full details are available on the website www.shaff.co.uk.

SHAFF VIDEO TRAILERS AND MORE:

Click on the links to watch more trailers for films to be screened at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2014

VIDEO: Wide Boyz II - to watch the trailer CLICK HERE.

VIDEO: SHAFF film festival grows - CLICK HERE.

'Limbless Mountaineer' Jamie Andrew at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

'Limbless Mountaineer' Jamie Andrew at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival The Road from Karakol featurintg Alpinist Kyle Dempster who sets off on to bike Kyrgystan's back-roads on his way to climb as many of the region's peaks as possible.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival The Road from Karakol featurintg Alpinist Kyle Dempster who sets off on to bike Kyrgystan's back-roads on his way to climb as many of the region's peaks as possible.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival April 4 to 6, 2014.