Crashing in the Himalayas

Two friends experience the trip of a lifetime as they attempt the first crossing of the entire Nepalese Himalayan range by paraglider.  John Silvester is one of the world’s leading paragliders and a former member of the British paragliding team.  By contrast, his companion, Alun Hughes has only been in a dual paraglider once before. Silvester aims to travel from the border with India, 500km East along the main Himalayan chain to Pokara. En route they drop from the sky into villages which have never experienced Western visitors before. When they suddenly get caught in sinking avalanches of air, Silvester is left with nothing but adrenaline to use as fuel. Hughes is petrified as they crash land, and their chute...
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Mutiny on the Mountain

Six men from Europe, Russia and America set off for arguably the most hard-to-reach place on earth, with the intention of scaling one of the world’s highest unclimbed mountains, Ulugh Muztag (translated from Tibetan, ‘The Great Ice Mountain’). It’s taken years of negotiations with the Chinese authorities to be allowed into the region. But as they set out across the Taklimakan Desert, and head up to the Tibetan plateau, the challenge is not simply to defeat the mountain: The adventure takes its toll on all of them, and becomes the ultimate test of human nature. Can their leader hold the team together, or will it all end in tears? This is quite definitely the modern-day version of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ Here’s a short preview of the film (narrated by Tarquin Cooper):   The full film is available as VIDEO ON DEMAND. If you click the following button, you can buy a license to watch the film for a period of 30 days: Paid Content...
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Hostages in the Desert

Few outsiders have ever gone in, and even fewer have returned. The last time Ethiopia’s Danakil desert was crossed was over seventy years ago by British explorer Wilfred Thesiger. The dangers are extreme; anvil hot temperatures, acute water shortages, not to mention the tribespeople of the area – the AK47 wielding Afar warriors. The Afar customs are enough to put anyone off a desert crossing. In order to marry an Afar has to have killed someone and cut off their testicles, which are then worn as ornaments around the neck. Yet despite this three British men have decided to follow in Thesiger’s footsteps. After only a few days one of their team falls sick with heat exhaustion. Then they must somehow cross the crocodile infested Awash river with camels that have never swum before. And of course it’s not long before they encounter the Afar. As might have been expected their passage is a precarious one, which sees them being taken hostage. Will they manage to escape, and do they make it to Djibouti’s Red Sea...
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Up against an Avalanche

Conquering the Great Trango Tower in Pakistan has been a lifelong dream of rock climber Steve Long. With three other Welsh colleagues, Long attempts to climb a new route of the Tower – the dramatic North East Pillar. Getting to base camp involves a stomach churning ride along the narrow unstable road of the Braldu Gorge, and a trek up the mighty Baltoro glacier. Once underway, Long hadn’t reckoned on being homesick quite so much, nor on the increasingly bad weather, which forces him and his team to take cover in their ‘portaledges’ perched high on the rock face for an entire week. That is nothing though compared to a monstrous avalanche and rock fall that suddenly strikes like an earthquake, burying friend and team mate Twid under thousands of tonnes of snow. After almost a minute there is still no sign of Twid, and there is no way, Steve believes, that he could have...
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Trapped in the Land of Fire and Ice

In the secluded windswept land of Iceland lies Europe’s biggest glacier: the Vatnajokull. In 1875, an Englishman by the name of James Watts and his Icelandic guide, Paul Paulisson were the first to cross this harsh and frozen land. One hundred and twenty five years later, Paulisson’s great, great grandson, Ingvar Thorisson leads a multi national team of adventurers including a Tibetan on a 120km unsupported ski traverse from North to South of this glacier with the aim of exploring its unusual volcanic and geothermic activity en route. Braving temperatures of -25f and winds of over 100mph, the team follows in the footsteps of the original expedition. Raging blizzards force them into a hut for five days whilst temperatures plummet. Soon after they enter into a strange ice world, and are bedazzled by what they see. But that’s nothing compared to their descent into an ice cave around active volcanoes – what they see there, is the stuff of fairy tales. The final push to Mount Thumall exposes them to severe wind and spindrift, as Ingvar battles his fear of...
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Dog Tired and Alone

The world’s most northerly dogsled race is a challenge normally only undertaken by Scandinavians. It is a tough partnership of man and animals, requiring huge levels of stamina from both. For the first time a Briton enters. Immediately he becomes a laughing stock amongst the other entrants, and some old hands try to stop him from taking part. Faced with hundreds of miles of sledding through extreme conditions, day and night, Jason soon realises he’s bitten off more than he can chew. The only way he can possibly hope to compensate for his relative inexperience is to run most of the way, thus taking some of the pressure off his dogs. How can he hope to complete the gruelling journey with his pride and his team...
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