The Craghoppers Best of Kendal World Film Tour 2013 Cert. 15 Picture house at FACT

  • Released2013
  • Running time116 minutes
  • DirectorRufus Lusk, Pete McBride, Rin Colombi, Skip Armstrong, Paul Diffley, Ben Barden, Chris Alstrin, Freddie Wilkinson

The annual Kendal Mountain Festival is a unique opportunity for outdoor adventurers to come together, exchange experiences, take part in workshops and, above all, watch some of the latest and greatest films about the challenges that distinguish their activities. Last year they included THE OLD BREED, THE WARRIOR, CAPETOWN, WIDE BOYZ and CHASING WATER. All films will be shown together in this programme.

THE OLD BREED: Director Freddie Wilkinson joined much older Alpine experts Steven Swenson and Mark Richey as they attempted one of the last two unclimbed peaks, Saser Kangri II in the Indian Karakoram. Despite developing a near-fatal lung condition, Swenson remained undaunted by the hugely demanding ascent, Wilkinson’s film proving a remarkable record of their experience.

THE WARRIOR: A controversial surfer in his native Hawaii, Chris ‘Crash’ Peterson found himself far inland looking after his grandmother in Boise, Idaho. But after she perished in a tragic house fire, his world fell apart. Skip Armstrong’s marvellously fluid documentary records how the dangerous excitement of river surfing helped him rebuild it.

CAPETOWN: Little known outside Cumbria, ‘hound trailing’ involves dogs racing along paraffin and aniseed trails of up to ten miles of testing terrain. Narrated mainly by Yvonne Wilson, whose champion hound gave it its title, Abby and Rin Colombi’s film is a delightful testimony to the enthusiasts keeping this cherished tradition alive.

WIDE BOYZ: ‘Off Width’ mountaineering is a specialism requiring painstaking negotiation of sheer and overhanging crags using only the cracks between the rocks for grip. Through the experiences of two young devotees, Pete Wilkinson and Tom Randall, filmmakers Chris Alstrin and Paul Diffley capture the excitement of the sport with heart-stopping eloquence.

CHASING WATER: Wildlife photographer Pete McBride’s elegiac film records his journey from source to sea along the 1500 miles of the Colorado River. Spanning seven states and supporting some 40 mllion people, the river has been steadily denuded by human demand and climate change, and McBride contrasts the damage caused with its overwhelming natural beauty.

ROAD BIKE PARTY: Martyn Ashton takes the £10k carbon road bike used by Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins & Mark Cavendish for a ride with a difference. Road Bike Party captures some of the toughest stunts ever pulled on a carbon roadbike.

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