ShAFF On Tour 2020 - Programme B



terrific Russian / Japanese travelogue ski film. Unexpected and entertaining.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A quirky adventure-packed ski film in far reaching destinations.

Jimmy Hyland

The prevailing climate threat has made a bunch of Swedish extreme skiers and snowboarders travel with trains and ferries from Stockholm all the way to Japan, in search of deep powder and the adventure of a lifetime. 

Along the world longest train ride, they make various stops in Siberia's remote forests, exploring untouched mountains and experiencing the special Russian culture from the interior.
When arriving in Japan 12 000 km later, the crew continue to road trip in RV’s through the land of the rising sun.
A great amount of humor, hectic meetings and world-class riding sums up this epic journey.



One to make you think about border crossings... How 'easily' we feel we can traverse across the globe in our sports, and how this might impact those whose land we 'land' in.

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

This adventure seems so out there... Paragliding higher than most mountaineers can climb, with no oxygen? Wild.

Anna Paxton

What the !!!! 😲 This is none stop epic 🚀

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Flying in the death zone in Pakistan mountains

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Awesome! Inspiring and fascinating as well as a world first.

Jimmy Hyland

In July 2016, the paraglider Antoine Girard set off on a three-week hike-and-fly tour to explore the Karakorum mountains in Pakistan— alone. From the town of Skardu, he heads for the highest peaks of the Karakorum mountain range. The Frenchman has already twice failed in his attempts to climb the 8,051-meter-high Broad Peak and paraglide from the summit down into the valley. Now, his hope is that the upwinds will carry him and his chute to the summit—and possibly beyond. If he succeeds, he will set a new altitude record in paragliding, but the air is thin between the 8,000-meter peaks, and take-offs and landings are extremely tricky. Especially when you only have one person to rely on—yourself.

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An artistic journey in the archives of one of climbing's most infamous characters and one of his most inspiring routes.

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

A beautiful, dreamlike experience.

Anna Paxton

'A Dream Of White Horses' is a celebration of one of the UK's most impactful climbers Edwin Drummond who passed away in 2019. We pay tribute to his life with a look at the historic first ascent of what's now considered to be one of the world greatest trad multi-pitches 'A Dream Of White Horses'. Located on the spectacular cliffs of Gogarth this ascent was done by Ed Drummond and Dave Pearce in 1968. We bring the ascent to life through reenactment with James Mchaffie and Lex Pearce(Dave's son). The reenactment is accompanied by Ed's poetry which was as big a part of Ed's life as climbing. The two blend together beautifully with atmospheric music to pay tribute to a man who changed the climbing scene forever.

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What could you do for your fiftieth birthday? A man's meditation on ritual in the mountains.

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

"I thought I saw people in the Kate afternoon. Unfortunately they were rocks." Gorgeous meditation on self-powered solo exploration in stunning landscapes. Lovely.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

A peaceful and meditative account of a solo journey. How did he carry all that kit for hiking/camping/kayak/climb?!

Anna Paxton

Every year we get a little older. One day you turn 50. How you choose to celebrate is up to you. Alpinist and mountain guide Robert Jasper is heading out to Greenland for a solo expedition. He leaves the small village of Kulusuk with his sea kayak. After twelve days of paddling and carrying heavy loads Robert reaches his basecamp at the foot of Molar Spire. Calmly, concentrated and all by himself he begins the ascent of this 500m rock face.

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A beautiful journey, an authentic, wild and charismatic Kayak adventure

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

Beautiful French Kayak movie

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

From the furthest sources of the Amazons to the calm water of the Peruvian jungle, 6 kayakers embark upon a 17 days self-supported descent on the Rio Apurimac. Led by their passion of the river and adventure desire, those 6 friends are gradually paddling far in the Andes heart. A journey along the tormented sacred Inca waters.This trip is about living off little, united, in a pristine environnement, unexploited by mankind.

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I love this, incredible plot and incredible attention to detail!

Jimmy Hyland

A hyper realistic and in-depth look into the characters and abilities of the French mountain rescue.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

The French mountain rescue aren't anything like the Edale and Woodhead MRT if this is anything to go by. I'll take my chances on the mountain, thanks.

Anna Paxton

The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned...

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Brilliant characters, given space and humour to articulate their experience.

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

Three years ago, as a result of falling down an escalator, 33-year-old former estate agent Daniel Wilson became paralysed from the waist down following severe hemorrhaging during vital spinal surgery. Fuelled by the pure adrenaline that comes from this exhilarating and perilous sport, this is Dan’s second time in attempting to master adaptive skiing. However, despite facing the hazardous mountain terrain, being away from his home in the UK presents a much larger challenge. With regular medication needed as well as constant maintenance of various physical ailments, Dan must not neglect his health and daily care routine, despite being immersed in the excitement and intensity of the trip. 24-year-old vlogger Isaac Harvey was born with limb/pelvis hypoplasia, a condition that means Isaac has short legs, no arms and must use his feet for all of his daily activities. This is Isaac’s first time on the mountain, and with the aid of Deffi Sports, an adaptive ski company, he will be fitted into a customised chair that is perfectly adapted to his body. For the week, all of Isaac’s trust is placed in the hands of those who control his chair. Travelling at speeds of 40MPH down the mountain, Isaac must give up control of his own movement and summon the strength to not succumb to extreme motion sickness. In 2010, former scaffolder Geoff Gaynord fell and broke his back at work. He awoke to find a doctor telling him that he would never walk again. Since the accident, this ski trip is Geoff’s first time travelling outside the UK alone. Through the mental and physical exertion that the week demands, from starting out with an assistant to tackling the slopes by himself, Geoff will discover the sheer adrenaline, liberation and new-found freedom that skiing offers.

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An intimate short film exploring masculinity, trauma healing and idiosyncratic group dynamics.

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

Hilarious film about the East German Olympic swimming team. 👙 Must watch

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Cold - very cold - water swimming, by amusing codgers old and young. A slow burner but there's more going on here than you first realise.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Every weekend through the winter, a group of middle-aged men, who dub themselves the East German Ladies Swimming Team, plunge into the freezing waters of a pond in central London. 'The Home for Broken Toys' follows the team through one season to explore their motivations for braving the extreme cold each week, a decision which seems alien to the filmmaker. The reasons she discovers are by turns comedic, poignant, and profound.



The Line Between Good and Evil traces the route of The North Face team captain, Hilaree Nelson, on her two decade vision to summit and ski 21,252' Papsura. The peak, one of a pair of Indian Himalayan Peaks are referred to as "The Peaks of Good and Evil". As viewers journey with Hilaree from her first Indian Himalayan expedition in 1999 until 2017, the commitment to the line she would ski and the line she would have to walk for half her life to attempt it are exposed. This film is a harrowing account of the deepest commitment to the grips of dreams.



Evolves from being a magnificent display of mid-90s bouldering machismo to an entertaining depiction of culture clash between climbers and cowboys. Turns into a wonderful story of how adventure can lead to communities coming together. Lots of interesting class politics. Highly entertaining, you are guaranteed to laugh out loud several times.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Starts out like your average climbing retrospective and turns into something completely unexpected, surprising, and uplifting!

Anna Paxton

In rural Utah, a valley of world-class bouldering is nestled among a conservative community of Mormons, cowboys and coal miners. When a ragged band of punk rock climbers shows up, the two cultures inevitably clash. After years of antagonism, a group of climbers work with locals to build a more harmonious future. But in this divided era, is that even possible?

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10 out of 10. Please watch this. Informing, uplifting, brilliant music. A dream documentary.

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

A surf film with the big in impact. It's amazing that sports films like this can take on such important subjects as this in such an entertaining, authentic and respectful way.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

In June 2018, professional surfers Damien Castera and Arthur Bourbon flew to Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world. For their film "Water Get No Ennemy", they met the first generation of surfers in the country. Among them, former child soldiers who, 15 years after the end of the civil war, want to rebuild themselves through surfing.