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And breathe out....

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

While we thrive on following adrenaline fuelled adventures, this opportunity to take some time and embrace the peace and tranquility that Gilly experiences in her time ice swimming was a true pleasure. Whilst a hostile and unforgiving environment, to most, the presence of mind and calmness is a true inspiration and something that actually translates to all of our day to day encounters.

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An authentic perspective on Free Soloing, as Toru Nakajima, (infamous to Grtistoners as the first ascensionoist of BlackOut, E96C) of tackles (what I'm sure in this country is known as 'what-we-make-kids-do-on-outwardbound-weekends-in-December) but in Japan is sawanobori’ – the ancient art of climbing waterfalls.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Free soloing a waterfall in Japan, epic! An innovative and inspiring climbing film.

Jimmy Hyland

When climbing why not leave the ropes behind and take a waterproof instead? 😮

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Spectacular free solo attempt on a waterfall... wait for the 'splash crux' !

Anna Paxton

Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture. After you pass Ashikura Temple, which is an entrance to Tateyama mountain range, you will see a wide valley surrounded by a 500m cliff. This "groove" cut into the plateau of pyroclastic flow deposits from Tateyama volcano is a trace of an ancient giant fall that Shomyo river had gradually wore over 220,000 years. At the back of the groove about 7km upstream, there is a site in which Shomyo river has been digging the groove. That is a Shomyo Falls that known as the largest drop in Japan. The rain and melted snow on Tateyama range gather and run into this valley cuts into the plateau, and then flow down a 350 m gap to the bottom of the groove. The amount of water is enormous throughout the year. The roar from 3 tons of water flow every second make its imposing appearance and impress you as the greatest waterfall in Japan. Toru Nakajima, although his age is 26, he has the ability to compete with top climbers in the world. Not only he has climbed some V15 and 5.14 but also experienced some bold climbing such as free solo in UK. One day he came up with the challenge; “Free soloing on Shomyo Falls”. Freesolo is a solo climbing without a rope. It is the most primitive and “free” method of rock climbing. Climbers climb cliffs with no safety equipment, literally by themselves. The only difference between free soloing and usual free climbing is whether they use such equipments or not. However, the difference is crucial for their lives. Falling in free soloing means a death. Free soloing is a completely crazy style. Whoever he told “I would like to free solo Shomyo falls,” they seemed to be saying "Are you serious?" No one showed praise like “it is gonna be great.” Free soloing this waterfall is very different from that on a dry cliff. On a dry, hard rock, you will never fail unless you will choose a route too hard for your level, get terribly or lose your focus during the route. However, free soloing on this Shomyo Falls has various other factors which you cannot control with your climbing skills. Rock is soaked, so slippery, and fragile, and there are rock falls frequently. The river rises so quickly when it rains. It was not easy for you, who have climbed only dry rocks, to avoid these risks. However, you have to climb carefully, finding out loose rocks and better spot to grab on, step by step, and finish it before the weather would get worse to avoid falling to die. He is not an adventurer but an ordinal young guy who study in a laboratory every day and look forward to going to mountains on weekends or hanging out with friends. He wouldn’t fall and die for anything. So He was really worried until the day before the attempt. Fear eroded his mind when he put down his guard and forced him to imagine the worst ending. “Am I eager to free solo that waterfall? Do I need such a hardship in my life?” He had been asking himself every day, but he had not got an answer. How he overcome these risks and fears? The film shows you an awesome challenge in a magnificent nature by a climber.

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What a team.... A beautiful short about a beautiful couple enacting in the most beautiful elements of running; landscape, community, encouragement.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Bob and Marion are my new heroes, and Dartmoor is the third character in this beautiful film. Makes me want to run until I'm 80 too.

Anna Paxton

When Bob Luker decided to try his first distance run after turning forty, he got the running bug, and so did his wife Marion. Once they tried one, they couldn’t stop. Half a lifetime later, they’ve run more marathons and ultras than they can remember. Bob calculates he’s run the equivalent of twice round the world at the equator. “Christ! I’m 80 years old and I’m still out running. Beat that!”

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Not a flight of fantasy but a flight of reality as a man faces new limitations. Beautiful

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Jezza’s story packs an almighty wallop. The kind that rips its way through your gut, tickles your soul, fires your spirit and taps your brain for some time after.
We Are Explorers Founder, Henry Brydon caught wind of Jezza’s story whilst traversing New Zealand earlier this year. "I was chatting to a blueberry farmer near Nelson over a glass of wine and an enormous bowl of blueberries. The conversation turned to her friend Jezza – the accident, his recovery and mission to help others. For days it was all I could think about; I felt an urge to explore his wild story and share it with the world."
Henry and filmmaker Hayden Griffith flew back to Christchurch three months later to meet Jezza and spend some time documenting his unbelievable story; a film that explores a person who after a harrowing accident has hit rock bottom in every sense, only to rebuild a life to help others and change the future of adventure tourism.
"I’ve never met anyone like him before. Positivity bursts from every fibre of his being. He’s been to some dark, wild places yet it seems the journey is just beginning."
"Creating this film has been a collective effort from a number of incredible people, but at its beating heart is a man who’s zeal for life is almost as infectious as his Kiwi giggle. Getting to know Jezza has had a profound impact on Henry and Hayden's life; his story is confronting, but inspiring beyond words. It's hard as a viewer to not question our own capabilities in how to approach life’s challenges. Perspective. Humility. Kindness. "I’ve filled my napsack with a number of important reminders and I hope people watching this can too."

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Filmmaker Krystle Wright smashes it with another uplifting collection of outdoor women doing their thing... Don't change a thing!

Anna Paxton

An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures. Director Krystle Wright brings this next installment since the wild things never stopped playing.

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Must have been an effort getting a piano on the top of that mountain.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

FALSE FANTASIES – MELANIE BAKER Hue media, a London based production company teamed up with Cumbrian singer/songwriter Melanie Baker for their latest project. Together with Melanie they developed a concept for a music video for her latest single ‘False Fantasies’. The vision was to place a piano on the summit of a Lake District mountain, something which had never been done before, for her to perform at sunrise. This vision came to fruition and the video was recorded on the summit of Fleetwith Pike, just as the sun rose on a very chilly April morning. The concept for the video was developed and directed by Peter Blair, of Hue Media. Peter met Cumbrian singer songwriter Melanie Baker who was looking for a unique video to showcase her latest single. They wanted to capture the essence of the song, whilst representing the stunning beauty of the Lake District where both Melanie and Peter are originally from. The concept to put a piano on a Lake District summit, while Melanie performed her single at sunrise was then born. Months of planning went into the 2 day shoot to capture the footage. In true Cumbrian style the weather provided extra challenges, the team were up against strong winds, rain and even snow! To access the summit of Fleetwith Pike, Honister Slate Mine kindly gave the team access to an old mining track so they could safely transport the team and their equipment to the summit. Peter Blair of Hue Media, a self taught photographer and filmmaker developed the concept and directed the video alongside filming and capturing the drone footage. Louis-Jack Horton Stephens, award winning artist filmmaker, from London, was assistant director and added his unique flare and expertise to the shoot to help the vision come alive.

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Pounding soundtrack for pounding pow.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Old school ski segment A+ With new school filming kit. 🤙

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Slo-mo pow fest

Anna Paxton

Terrific high impact skiing eye candy with great music

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A cinematic, high-caliber short film featuring the best shots from a full winter with pro skier Sammy Carlson. There is no story, but we are using the theme of 'time' through voice over, time-lapses, Phantom 4K shots, and nature to supplement the shredding. It was filmed purely in the heart of B.C. backcountry; powder, pillows, lines, backcountry booters, and a bunch of quality follow-cam.

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A arctic capture of the bouldering life, if it was everlasting.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

A very pretty bouldering movie with some fantastic drawing and and hand-made mapping, which is also a bucolic portrait of alternative culture. Highly enjoyable.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A glimpse into the world of a forest-dwelling mapmaker and his dirtbaggy bouldering friends.

Anna Paxton

You can’t take a photo of every boulder in Linville Gorge – but you can draw it. Or at least, Joey Henson can. Follow Joey and a community of rock climbers as they climb, document, and preserve the boulders around Boone, North Carolina.

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Bike parkour short

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Defying the laws of gravity, rescuing small children, and terrorising workmen as they go about their jobs. All in a day's work for a Red Bull athlete. So fun!

Anna Paxton

Life in the big city has its pros and cons – whoever has been in one knows the phenomenon all too well: a work life hastened to the maximum and a society in which everyone lacks the necessary time of his own. Fabio Wibmer has a different point of view! Turning Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna and Linz into his personal playground is not the easiest, but the 24-year-old rider overcomes ordinary and risky situations with his usual coolness. He escapes a dooring accident by bunny hopping over a car door and slickly dives below a suddenly appearing sofa. Even a dropping piano is no match for the trials bike pro. Fabio takes plenty of shortcuts over the city roofs and no gap – however great it may be – can stop him. With handlebar rides, a frontflip through a construction site, some mighty drops and a double backflip on a step-down Fabio finds his way through the maze of streets. This way leads the East Tirolean further and further out of the city until his inner calmness becomes one with the more quiet and harmonic landscape. Using his trials bike, Fabio made it out of the city to enjoy the sunset in nature, far away from the nervous big city life.

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Such a great idea. Made me want to find my local postman trails.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Super nice, utterly gorgeous portrait of a postman in the isle of Harris who was a vital link to the outside world. One of the best films in the festival and an absolute must-see.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Clinging to the frayed edges of the ragged shores of the Isle of Harris, a singletrack path navigates its way above cliffs, around bays. Three friends make the trip to not only ride the Postman’s Path to Rhenigidale, but find out more about its history. Until a road to the village opened in 1990, the path was the only overland link between Rhinigidale and the outside world. Kenny Mackay – the last postman to walk the track shares his stories – tales of community, survival and love. They leave with a deeper understanding that this trail goes beyond being a simple physical connection between two places. It symbolises the emotional and practical ties to the landscapes humans call home.

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Your local hill..... One for those who love a Vertical Mile race.

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

I feel I could get obsessed with this hill.

Anna Paxton

The Manitou Incline, or simply “The Incline”, is one of Colorado’s most famous hiking trails. Gaining over 2000ft of elevation in less than a mile, the trail is the remains of a decommissioned funicular railway. Famous for its sweeping views and steep grade the Incline has in recent years become a focal point for an eccentric, off-kilter community. “Inclined”, dives into this community and explores how a one-mile section of trail has managed to bring people together from all walks of life.

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90 year old man doing wild swimming for mental health. Lovely.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

This short film tells the story of Walter Strohmeyer, who for almost all of his 90 years has been swimming in the waters off Long Island, New York. An honest and at times heartfelt story about the power of ritual and of the Ocean’s ability to rejuvenate, heal and inspire us.

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Get down there and get it done cowboy!

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

"We don't think this is illegal cos last time the cops didn't do anything but take pictures of us"

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Ummm, this seems sketchy! Great fun with a bit of type 2 peril thrown in, add this to your watch list.

Anna Paxton

Get out there befor its to late! Great message, great film

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Ice climbing in Kentucky?! This adventure documentary takes the audience for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they're gone, with a few surprises along the way.

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Incredible landscape to run in!

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Sheep farming in the Faeroes! With a running-mad Lutheran pastor in incredible landscape. Highly engaging and entertaining and a real work of art.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Does what it says on the tin, if the tin also promised a stunning location, unusual soundtrack, and tales of chasing lambs up cliffs.

Anna Paxton

A story about Sverri Steinholm, a Faroese trail running pastor that explores the relationship of his spirituality both through his experiences in the outdoors and in a traditional “church” / community. Sverri is an avid runner — both on the roads and ‘in the fields’ as he says — who uses his time on the trails to work through not only his personal conflicts, but the conflicts of others he often is burdened to bear being the local Pastor who must keep everyone’s secrets.

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Pillow pumping

Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

Excellent high energy ski movie with fabulous rock soundtrack

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A lot of snow and Using action cameras in every mount you can think. Strap it to a drone, a helmet, or a ski and shred.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Four top freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek, BC for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can everyday. Featuring Stan Rey, Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Alexi Godbout and Jordan Temkin.

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A beautiful story about the power of two wheels and a community built through bicycling. After a devastating breakup, Rafael finds solitude and restoration on the open road, pedaling his way to emotional health from Mexico City to northern Colorado. With just $500 to his name, he spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how—repairing their bicycles.