We've got great new climbing films on SteepEdge, and plenty of classics to watch on New Years Day. Use discount code NY14 to get 20% of all films until midnight on January 1st. Read on for reviews of our newest films, plus a few you should have seen this year.
Nico Favresse, Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Olivier Favresse, Stephane Hanssens and Silvia Vidal visit Baffin Island to climb Mount Asgard. The banter never stops, and neither does the climbing!
'Given that Asgard is put together like a skyscraper on steroids, it's hardly surprising that the sequences are jaw-droppingly exposed, but the real strength of the film is that everyone seems to be having lots of fun most of the time. These are guys you'd want to hang out with.' Ed Douglas, Calm and Fearless
Our musical team and 75-year-old captain the Reverend Bob Shepton (UK) sail around 'seer cold vaters of zer North Atlantic' in search of big walls on the west coast of Greenland in the 30-foot Dodo's Delight. The expedition won the team the Piolet d'Or, and the film won Best Adventure Film at the Kendal Mountain Festival 2011.
'The adventure they have on the wall is mind blowing, terrifying and utterly hilarious at times. From fits of sea sickness vomiting to fighting with sea birds, to the most out there dripping wet chimney pitch ever filmed. It's an hour of pure adventure climbing entertainment. A brilliant watch.' Dave MacLeod
Deep in the Venezuelan Jungle, our four Belgian climber-musicians open a new route on the extremely difficult 500-metre overhanging wall of Amuri Tepui. Wild animals, biting insects, a backbreaking approach, crazy nights on a portaledge, musical concerts to the sound of a waterfall, sweaty climbing, precarious falls ... This is more of what we have come to know and love from the inspirational foursome. But this time, it's humid up there!
'This film is definitely a match for any of the higher budget films on offer. One for all rock climbers as the Belgian's psyche is infectious.' Duncan Campbell, UKClimbing
Winner of Best Environment Film at Kendal Mountain Festival 2013, climbing shepherd Ioan Doyle first appeared on screen in 2008 in the award-winning documentary Dringo i'r Eitha (Climbing to the Limits). Alun Hughes' new film follows the ambitious climber from Bethesda as he attempts to earn a living while continuing to climb as hard as possible. Never shy of a challenge, Ioan thrives on pushing himself to the limits, attempting tougher and harder climbs whenever he has the chance.
'Just before starting a hard climb you have to have faith in yourself and you have to want to get to the top more than anything else in the world. The second you start to doubt yourself, you've lost.'
2013 was the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, and in conjunction there was huge reportage and discussion of the Everest machine. This film carefully cuts through the media mythology and relates a true experience of Everest.
In 2012 Canadian filmmaker Dianne Whelan immersed herself in the whirling Base Camp culture of the world's highest tourist destination to examine our obsession with the mountain. The resulting cinéma vérité documentary exposes the strange, controversial and beautiful experiences of today's Everest pilgrims, and quietly and insistently probes the validity of Mallory's now clichéd repost 'Because it's there'.
|Are you tired of burning out on steep routes and unsure whether it’s due to lack of strength or poor technique? Do you still feel nervous about pushing above bolts or trusting your feet on slabs? If you’re fed-up with making the same old mistakes then why not settle the score using this two-part instructional video series, hosted by Britain’s leading climbing coach Neil Gresham. Whether you climb F5 or F7c, these films are packed with tips to help you improve every aspect of your climbing performance. Part 1 shows you how to develop your technique and how to train more productively. Get ready for a new year!|
|Filmmaker Jen Randall had always dreamed of climbing El Capitan. This is the story of her attempt at her first ever big wall, with her brand new climbing partner Jackie Sequeria. Of course, nothing goes smoothly, and the pair discover the grim reality of life on the wall. Jen joins some of her climbing heroines for inspiration, including Mina Leslie-Wujastyk bouldering in Magic Wood, Switzerland; Natalie Berry sport climbing in Malham, Yorkshire; and Vicki Mayes trad climbing in Dunkeld, Scotland. Two years in the making, overcoming broken bones, awful weather, a lack of funds and several crises of confidence, this is a film about testing your limits and chasing adventure.|
Fontainebleau is one of the most popular climbing destinations on the planet, with thousands of boulders spread over hundreds of areas, and grades for every climber of every age and of every style. Neil Hart has kindly, and quite beautifully, documented a tour of the so far un-plundered treasure of the forest. From the classic areas of Franchard and Cuvier to the lesser-known areas of Buthiers and JA Martin, follow a group of the world's best climbers as they explore some of the hidden boulders. The Out of Sight secrets of the forest are waiting to be sent!
'The rocks are incredible, the shapes are incredible and it just keeps on going like that no matter how far you walk.' Chris Shulte
|The legendary Dragon’s Back Race follows the mountainous spine of Wales for 320 kilometres with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild and remote terrain. The original Dragon’s Back Race took place just once before in 1992 and, ever since, has been whispered about with a mix of awe and trepidation. In September 2012 this truly epic event returned and proved once again that it is one of the hardest mountain races in the world. Award winning camerman and filmmaker Rich Heap was on hand to capture the event and has produced a stunning film that captures the intense difficulty of the challenge, and the personalities that dare to enter it.|
|Winner of the 'People's Choice Award' at Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2013, Distilled is filmmaker Paul Diffley's most recent project. Scotland in winter is an arena where mountaineers pit their skills against exacting climbs, often in ferocious conditions. Andy Cave first climbed in Scotland as a teenager, and this was the start of a lifelong journey from the depths of a Yorkshire coal mine to the peaks of the Himalaya. Distilled is a celebration of Scottish winter climbing in all its masochistic glory, and a poignant profile of a life spent in the mountains.|
|A firm favourite with the SteepEdge community since its release in the spring, Terry Abraham's stunning film The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend is not to be missed.The film takes you on a spectacular 96 minute journey through awe inspiring scenery in the heart of Scotland's mountains. From the ancient Caledonian Pine Forests of Glen Feshie to the bleak windswept plateau of Moine Mhor, the film reveals the glens and high mountain of the Cairngorms in the depths of winter like never before. Chris Townsend's intimate knowledge of these mountains combines with Terry Abraham's no-compromise determination to capture the real heart and soul of this area. A unique film which will inspire and delight both newcomers and seasoned veterans alike.|
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