UKC's Choice Picks for ShaFF

Every year, the scruffy, down jacket wearing outdoor types from around the country descend upon the city of Sheffield for the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Now entering its 11th year, ShAFF promises to be extra special as the beating heart of The Sheffield Outdoor City Weekender - a series of coordinated events across the city to celebrate outdoor sports.

Here are UKC’s picks of what to see over the weekend at the Showroom Cinema. To book tickets simply click on the film programme titles and it'll take you straight through to the booking page on the ShAFF website.

Climb Films 1, Friday 19.15 and Sunday 14.30

Following a wave of commendations from film festival judges and audiences around the world, Jen Randall and Claire Carter’s Operation Moffat continued to impress the ShAFF judges and picked up awards in Women in Adventure, Best Climbing Film and the esteemed Best film of the Festival categories. Needless to say, if you haven’t seen this then make sure you do.  

Also in this programme is: High and Mighty, Eden, Showdown at Horseshoe Hell, Frank and the Tower. 

ShAFF judge Paul Hodgson said : ‘Operation Moffat is the incredible story of 90 year old adventurer Gwen Moffat: barefoot climber, crime writer, cold water swimmer, a woman whose love for mountains know no bounds. An extraordinary record of an extraordinary life, lived by an extraordinary person.’

Claire Carter in action during the filming of Operation Moffat, 203 kb
Claire Carter in action during the filming of Operation Moffat
© Light Shed Productions

Climb Films 2, Friday 21.30 and Saturday 11.00

Our very own, UKC assistant editor Natalie Berry features in the Climb Films 2 programme. Hot Aches Productions ‘Transition’ follows Natalie as she makes the move from indoor and sport climbing to traditional and winter climbing on the wilder Scottish crags.

Also featured in this programme is: Copa, picking up Bronze in ShAFF's Best Film category which follows 78 year old legendary Welsh climber Eric Jones and Ioan Doyle as they travel to Patagonia to revisit and relive Jones’ past triumphs and squeeze in a few new adventures.  The Women’s Speed Record, captures Mayan Smith-Gobat and Libby Sauter’s attempt to break the record for climbing the nose on El Cap. 

UKC's Assistant Editor, Natalie Berry in Transition, 143 kb
UKC's Assistant Editor, Natalie Berry in Transition
© Hot Aches
Eric Jones and Ioan Doyle in Patagonia, 109 kb
Eric Jones and Ioan Doyle in Patagonia

How Not to Climb, Saturday 12 March,18.30

How Not To Climb, 94 kb
Climbing Filmmaker, Paul Diffley, takes an amusing look back over 100 years of climbing and mountaineering instructional books.

His research has unearthed top tips on subjects including how best to arrange your 'clinkers', how much wine to drink in the Alps and how to use a telescope to fix a broken arm. This funny and slightly irreverent presentation provides an insight to how our 'sport', techniques, equipment and sub-culture has has evolved. 

Wild Country presents A Brief History of Friends, Saturday 12 March, 20.15

Wild Country ShAFF Event 1, 234 kb
A short film screening and Q&A with Mark Vallance introduced by climbing writer Niall Grimes.

Mark founded Wild Country in 1977 to bring the revolutionary climbing protection device, the Friend to market. Nearly forty years on, the Friend has become an essential tool for traditional climbing.

This is a fundraiser for Sheffield Hospitals Charity Helipad Appeal


Rab Ben Winston Photo Exhibition, 7th to 18th of March, The Workstation 

Ben Winston was a Sheffield based photographer and writer, who had a unique talent for capturing the beauty of the outdoor world. From his much loved images of the Peak District to the most remote mountains of Patagonia, Winston’s photos introduced and inspired many into having adventures in a wilder world. He sadly died in 2015 leaving his partner Emma, and their 4 year old daughter, Lila. This exhibition is a tribute to the life and work of Ben. Prints are available to buy at the exhibition and all proceeds are being put into a trust fund for his daughter.

His work can also be viewed online at

Rab Ben Winston Photo Exhibition, 99 kb

#SMASH BMC ShAFF/CWIF Party, Saturday 11pm - 3am, Showroom Bar

In memory of John Ellison and Ben Winston, with music from DJ’s Paul Hodgson, Nick Kimber, Dom Bush, Sadie Renwick and special guest DJ GusN8r.

#SMASH, 224 kb

For more information visit ShAFF
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