An adventurous ski tour of two sisters, who follow the tracks of their father, across the pristine landscapes of New Zealand. 30 years ago, Gottlieb Braun-Elwert set out on an incredible expedition. He traversed the major glaciers of the Southern Alps, covering 40km and 4000 vertical meters, from the heart of the South Island to the West Coast in just 18 hours. A route of astonishing beauty, immense freedom, breathtaking vistas and dealing with the challenges of an untamed wilderness.
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Francisco Marin, also known as “Novato” (“Rookie” in Spanish), is a 61-year-old climber and the only known person in the world to climb at this level at his age. He reached his maximum sporting achievement on 24th September 2012, when he sent "Geminis", an 8b+ (5.14a) line, and nowadays he has “Florida” as a project, an impressive 8c (5.14b) route. All of them are located in Rodellar, Spain.
Nina Caprez and Cédric Lachat are passionate climbers. A passion they share and pushed them to become professionals. They travel around the world in search of walls and cliffs of exception. In Spring 2014 they set up camp beneath one of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the world - Orbayu (2000 meters). Orbayu is a large limestone tooth which rises above the natural park of Picos de Europa in Spain.
100’s of amateurs and professional riders take on the final stages in the gruelling mountain bike marathon in the Absa Cape Epic. The film "Der weisse Rausch" by Dr. Arnold Fanck set the tone to what Freeride skiing is, we catch up with the professionals of today and find out how high the bar was set when the film was released in 1931.
Ski Mountaineers tackle 10,000 metres of altitude attack over 4 days in the French Alps and we will join Mian Smith-Gobak from New Zealand as she gives Sports Quest an account of her Climbing expedition in Pedro Risquada, Brazil.
The European Alps is the location for some of the world’s best Freeskiers and Boarders, and over in France the conditions are perfect for the World Junior Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Exposure, challenges, big walls, thin air. This is the world of professional Swiss alpinist Roger Schäli. His life is lived in the vertical, in a place where letting go also means moving ahead. This film tells the story of India’s Arwa Spire. Roger’s first summit there was in 2002. And there, in May 2011, is where cameraman Daniel Ahnen slipped into a crevasse. Upon returning to the mountain in September 2012, Roger comes full circle when the reaches he summit with his partner Simon Gietl.
From America, England, France, Italy and Japan. Five climbers from each corner of the earth; Sam Elias, James Pearson, Caroline Ciavaldini, Jacopo Larcher, and Yuji Hirayama, attempt to open a new multi-pitch route on the Basalt Island of Reunion. Lost in the South Indian Ocean, Reunion is the childhood home of Caroline, and after traveling the world for several years as a professional climber, returning was something she had to do.
In this climbing documentary we analyze the concepts of fear, death and life. Jordi Salas (Pelón) is a free solo climber. He performs alone without using any ropes, harnesses or other protective equipment, relying entirely on his ability instead. His mind controls everything. He continues to learn throughout his progression while getting up close with life, even though it may seem paradoxical.
Every climbing reward comes at the cost of a potential risk, but when you are a climbing pioneer, driven by the unknown and unexpected, you are willing to risk whatever it takes for the chance to find the perfect first ascent line. This is a story of exploration and discovery, a journey of friendship and solitude, a quest to fuel an obsessive passion. Starring Paul Robinson, Jimmy Webb, Daniel Woods, Chris Sharma and Niky Ceria.