* Best Climbing Film, 21st Banff Festival of Mountain Films, Canada
* Best Adventure/Exploration Film, 45th International Film Festival of Mountains, Exploration and Adventure, Trento, Italy
* Grand Prize, 3rd Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
* Best Film on Climbing, 24th Banff Festival of Mountain Films
* Best Film on Climbing – 26th Banff Mountain Film Festival'01 – Canada
* Best Photography – 19th International Festival of Mountain and Adventure Films'01 – Spain
* Best Film on Rockclimbing – 5th Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Fresh Air Challenge
Join the adventure as six climbers embark on a month-long journey to scale the icy summit of Chile’s San Valentín. Theirs is a story of survival, courage and boundless determination.
The Patagonian icefield is the third largest in the world. At more than 4,000 meters, San Valentín dominates this frozen wasteland. Desolate and inaccessible, it had been conquered only four times in history — until a team of determined South Africans set their sights on Patagonia’s most prized peak.
Determination triumphs in the end and our fearless team becomes only the fifth expedition ever to conquer San Valentín. To ecstatic cheers of “Viva Mandela Viva”, the flag of the new South Africa flies over one of the most extreme environments on earth.
Climber Andy de Klerk can conquer just about any rock wall. But, his real dream is not about going up. It’s all about coming down.
Years ago, Andy pioneered the first route up the imposing façade of Kleinwinterhoek, in South Africa’s Western Cape. A massive overhanging amphitheatre makes this one of the toughest climbs in Africa.
Now, for the first time, Andy sets out to complete the climb with the ultimate form of descent. Together with skydiver and cameraman Pete Zam, he intends to jump off the summit. Thrillseekers around the world know BASE jumping as parachuting without the airplane.
Join in the thrills as the helmet-cam gives us a plummeting point-of-view of the exhilarating finale.
BASE jumping is the ultimate form of descent. Skydiving without the airplane. An acronym of Building-Antenna-Span-Earth, BASE jumpers spend their free time climbing these fixed objects and then hurling themselves off.
We follow a small group of international BASE jumpers on their trip down the East Coast, from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. Their goal is to jump of all 4 B.A.S.E. objects. Their last jump (Earth) will be a jump that has never been done before.
Using a specially designed suit with wing-like flaps under each arm, our jumpers are determined to get down the 2600-foot high Milner Amphitheater - in the Western Cape - in a single jump. The wings of the suit provide the aerodynamics to carry them forward while freefalling. If they can clear the ledge, they will freefall for up to 30 seconds!
From the desolate landscapes of Namibian desert a magnificent granite spire rises over one thousand feet to create “Spitzkop”, the Needle Peak.
South Africa’s current sport climbing champion and holder of the award for the past three years is ably assisted by a fellow leading climber in an attempt to be the second team ever to climb to the summit of Spitzkop via this route called INXS.
The route up Spitzkop poses a unique problem to both climbers. INXS is a 500 meter granite slab leaning only 65 degrees. Once you’re off the ground and there is nothing hang on to. The climbers must rely on miniscule crystals as hand and foot holds and the pure friction of their climbing shoes and the skin of their hands.
The Orange River is born high in the Drakensberg Mountains on the Eastern escarpment of Southern Africa. From its humble beginnings it becomes a major river and flows some 2000km to finally come to rest in the Atlantic Ocean on the opposite side of the dry continent. Its journey through the harsh African plains take it just south of the Kalahari Desert, but its celebration is at the "Augrabies Falls" where it tumbles 60meters into the shadows of a steep-sided gorge below.
Four world class white water kayakers joined forces and decided to test their skills in the massive rapids of the Augrabies Gorge.
A leading paraglider pilot and a hang glider instructor go on an aerial, cross-country flying adventure.
There are distinct differences between the crafts these two pilots fly. A hang glider is heavier and requires a longer runway and landing strip, whilst a paraglider can turn tighter and land in a more confined area. The hang glider is rigid and faster, but the paraglider is more manoeuvrable.
Taking off with the bare minimum of necessities for an over night bivouac, they would strive to soar the complex mountain ridges for as long as the wind conditions would allow them to. When they were forced to land they would camp and simply take off the following day to continue their journey…to wherever the wind would take them.