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European Outdoor Film Tour 2018

European Outdoor Film Tour 2018 Photo: Blake Jorgenson

The European Outdoor Film Tour returns to the UK in November, now in its 18th year.

The extensive tour includes more than 400 events in 18 countries. The tour presents some of the best outdoor, adventure, and travel documentaries on the big screen.

A highlight of this year’s tour is the portrait of an exceptional talent and this year’s ‘poster boy’ Adam Ondra. The Czech climber ascends the most difficult routes in the world and seems to effortlessly overcome gravity. This extraordinary athlete, who exhibits acute mental strength by scaling an 8a—blindfolded, is portrayed in the film ‘The A.O.’

Also showing is a film about Tom Belz who, on crutches and with only one leg, ascends the highest mountain in Africa. E.O.F.T. also has plenty on offer for devotees of flowing MTB trails, the finest powder and adrenalin. There is also some comic relief with a stop-motion animation, a road trip on rollerskis through the USA, and a somewhat crazy Frenchman, who demonstrates that one can still be young even at the age of 82.

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Photos: Top: Pavel Blazek // Mid Left: Nils Heck // Mid Right: Antoine Girard // Bottom: Ignasi Lopez

Highlights Include:


‘Mbuzi Dume‘ is Swahili and means ‘strong goat‘. It‘s the nickname given to Tom Belz on his Kilimanjaro climb by his African mountain guide. The difference is that this ‘strong goat‘ has climbed the mountain not on four but on three legs; more precisely— on one leg and two crutches. Until recently, he wouldn‘t have dreamed of travelling to Kilimanjaro and experiencing a sunrise at an altitude of 5895 metres, and he certainly would not have imagined that he‘d be sharing this adventure with Dr. Klaus Siegler, the man who had to amputate his leg 23 years ago (and saved his life as a result). For both men, climbing Kilimanjaro symbolises the challenges in life that everyone must surmount.


In 1988, Raimonds Dombrovskis began the longest training run of his biathlon career. Accompanied by his dog, he set out to cover 6,700 kilometres on roller skis, from Canada’s far north to the Mexican border. The gravel roads are bumpy, the leggings are skintight, and the outcome of the project is highly uncertain. But the winds of change are blowing—not only in the streets of North America but also in Raimonds’s Latvian homeland. He is convinced that the collapse of the Soviet Union is imminent. His dream is to compete for the Latvian (not the Soviet!) biathlon team at the next Olympic Winter Games… but first, he has to make it to Mexico.


There are times when a mountaineering expedition turns into an absolute nightmare—even if you reach the summit and sometimes because of it. Fortunately, our two stalwart mountaineers are unaware of what lies ahead of them on this tour. They wordlessly fight their way through snow and ice. Just as the summit photo op comes into view, their expedition takes an unexpected turn. Viacruxis is a thoughtfully animated stop-motion film about the obstacles one must face on the mountain—big and small.


Adam Ondra is one of the most successful and versatile sport climbers of our time. He successfully climbed the most difficult route in the world, now called Silence, and established a new level of difficulty—9c. The Czech climber has also shown what he can do when it comes to big wall climbing; his strong, lean body seems to effortlessly transcend gravity. But is it simply Adam’s muscle power and endurance that enables him to conquer the most difficult routes? Or is it his mental strength that drives him climb an 8a while blindfolded? We find out more about the forces that drive this climbing talent to new heights in The A.O.

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