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.
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.'
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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