The E.O.F.T. is the most renowned film event in the European outdoor community. Now in its 16th year, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports are delighted to once again be the UK's hosting partner.
Kicking off in London on 2nd November, the two hour programme will be shown a total of 10 times across the UK (see venues and dates below) bringing you the most spectacular sports and adventure films of the year.
The new program for the EUROPEAN OUTDOOR FILM TOUR 16/17 takes you on an adventure into the unknown…
When he closes his eyes and thinks of Nepal, snow-capped mountains aren’t what first comes to David Lamas’ mind. Instead he sees green valleys – and the little village where his father grew up. The Austrian alpinist visited Nepal earlier than most western mountaineers. When he was a toddler his parents used to carry him around on their backs, right now they are following their son with David setting the pace. The family has come to visit his father’s relatives. But for David it’s not the only reason to return to Nepal. This time he is also drawn to the high mountains. Accompanied by American alpine legend Conrad Anker he wants to climb Lunag Ri (6907m), an unclimbed peak with a technically challenging north west ridge. Given David’s light and fast climbing style and Conrad’s vast experience of expedition climbing it shouldn’t be impossible for them to tackle the mountain, but they’ve underestimated the ridge.
It’s not racing downhill on his mountain bike that makes Harald Philipp smile. Nor does he care whether he adds the most dangerous jumps and turns to his trails. When he’s on his bike on a via ferrata in the Dolomites, he is hunting something else: flow. That special state of being where everything just fits, when confidence overrides fear and the bike and rider are one. What exactly is this perfect moment? How do we reach it? And can you only find it on a mountain bike? Harald has found his answer – and we are invited to join the ride.
It’s not their first kayaking expedition, but this time Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic (“Kadoma”, E.O.F.T. 11/12) as well as Ben Marr and Pedro Oliva seem to be stuck in the middle - mentally and geographically. Their goal: becoming the first kayakers to follow the entire Beriman River through the heart of the Papuan jungle, all the way to the Solomon Sea. From above the river looks almost picturesque, a winding turquoise line, but up close there’s no doubt it’s full of pitfalls. In fact, it’s impossible to examine the most critical sections of the river thoroughly - 13 gorges including waterfalls and Class 5 wild water - before actually running them. That means every member of the expedition must totally trust their own abilities, and those of the team. Everyone knows: There’s no return ticket on this trip. Once they launch their kayaks onto the Beriman River, there’ll only be one way out of the gorge. And it lies 48 kilometres downstream.
They call themselves "The Wild Bunch": Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto and brothers Olivier and Nicolas Favresse. They love climbing big walls and they love to celebrate their first ascents with a spontaneous jam session on a mountain peak or a portaledge. Even if their backpacks are heavy, there’s always room for a flute or a mandolin… This time the experienced climbing quartet has signed up for a sailing trip to Baffin Island on the “Dodo’s Delight”. After a rough start in Greenland and daunting journey through Baffin Bay, „The Wild Bunch“ and their captain Reverend Bob Shepton finally reach the big walls of Baffin Island. The climbers can’t wait to get hold of real rock and rope again. And the captain and his “Dodo” enjoy their well-earned moment of peace down in the bay while the crew is up on the walls - looking for first ascents and good acoustics.
A mountain face that other freeskiers consider to be “too steep to ride” – that’s where the fun begins for Jérémy Heitz. At a speed of 120 kilometres per hour the Swiss steep skier races down to the bottom of the valley, taking wide turns on a 55 degree slope. From above his moves might look relaxed, but fear is hot on his heels. Good for him that it always beats it to the finish line. This winter he has put together a list of his favourite 15 four-thousanders, including the Ober Gabelhorn and the Zinalrothorn. Is it possible to ride them all in one season?
Tickets can be purchased in selected stores for £12 or online for £13.50 (London £16.50)
Tickets are available at the following stores up to 24 hours before the screening:
London Screenings – tickets available at Covent Garden, St. Paul's, & Kensington stores
Bristol Screenings – Tickets available from 160 Whiteladies Rd, BS8 2XZ
Manchester Screening – Tickets available from Ellis Brigham Castlefield & 130 Deansgate
Liverpool Screening - Tickets available from Liverpool & Chester
Leeds Screeening - Tickets available from Castleford Leeds
Glasgow Screening – Tickets Available from Ellis Brigham , Intu Breahead