10 of the best adventure films

Covering everything from climbing in Africa to swimming across the Indian Ocean, these are the 10 seriously good adventure films

Online Adventure Channel SteepEdge has revealed its top ten adventure films of the year, and they are just as diverse as they are inspiring. Here’s the full list.

1. Life on Hold

Life on Hold hails from 2012, but its just as relevant today, following Britain’s top climbers and visiting stars around the UK, tackling some of the highest and hardest problems around.

2. And Then We Swam


In August 2011, James Adair and Ben Stenning hit the news when they became the first ever pair to row across the Indian Ocean without a support boat.  But a few miles from the finish line in Mauritius, their boat capsized – and they had to swim for their lives. This is their story.

3. Project Mina

Project Mina Trailer from Jen Randall, Light Shed Pictures on Vimeo.

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, one of the world’s best outdoor boulderers swaps rock and fresh air for the world cup circuit, where she isn’t quite as good. Project Mina explores the highs and lows of a professional climber’s life, from training and food, to understanding that hard work does not guarantee success.

4. Redemption: The James Pearson Story

Once considered one of Britain’s best trad climbers, controversy surrounding the grading of his routes left James Pearson ostracised from the climbing community. Redemption follows his return to the UK as he faces his demons and looks to redeem his place within the UK climbing community.

5. Exposure Vol II

Exposure Vol II follows athletes Daniel Woods, Jimmy Webb, Alex Megos, Alex Puccio and Dmitry Sharafutdinov as they push limits everywhere from dark training facilities to the granite bouldering paradise of Switzerland, in a heart-pounding, forearm pump-inducing journey to ascend the impossible.

6. The Last Great Climb

Set in the stunning mountains of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, the film follows adventure climber Leo Houlding and his team as they attempt to make the first ascent of the NE ridge of the majestic Ulvetanna Peak (2931m),oOne of the most technically demanding climbs in one of the world’s harshest environments.

7. Stone Free

Julian Lines is the best climber you’ve never heard of: undoubtedly Britain’s most accomplished free climbing soloist with world-class free ascents to his name.

8. Masterclass Part 1: Technique and Training

A must-watch for any aspiring climbers, concentrating on technique and training.

9. Dragon’s Back Race

Only run once before in 1992, the Dragon’s Back Race is legendary. This film takes you in to the heart of this inspiring adventure as the 2012 race weaves a brutal path down the mountainous spine of Wales. 200 miles long, 17,000 metres of ascent, 5 days…

10. Africa Fusion

Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay explore Africa’s climbing scene from the remote and wild Blouberg (Blue Mountain) range to the enchanting rock faces which surround Cape Town.