The Deadly Glacier

Iceland’s Vatnajökull ice cap, it’s the largest glacier in Europe, the third largest in the world, over 8,400 square kilometres of ice and crevasses sitting on top of an active volcano. Now American explorer Cameron McPherson Smith, dreams of being the first to traverse the glacier, from east to west, its widest point, alone and in the depths of winter. He knows the weather on the glacier can be violent and unpredictable, that storms can blow in for weeks, but even he is taken aback when on his first attempt 100 kilometre an hour winds scatter his supplies and threaten to lift him and his tent into the air. Undeterred he makes a second attempt, but this time he finds himself trapped in a maze of crevasses at times surrounded by more open space than ice on which he can stand. Two years later he returns for a third attempt. For four days he struggles to navigate through thick fog, relying on his instruments, unable to see more than a few metres. But as he skirts the vast Grímsvötn caldera he feels his sled gathering speed; suddenly it’s running out of control, dragging him behind it, heading straight for the edge of a deep...
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Leap of Faith

(Featuring Felix Baumgartner) For Felix Baumgartner there is nothing that compares to BASE jumping. Every time he prepares to jump he knows that he is just a few seconds away from death. That knowledge and the fear that goes with it is both the source of his passion for the sport and the thing that keeps him alive. As he says, “Fear is your friend. It protects you from doing stupid things.” In one momentous year Felix set out to jump first 451 metres from the (then) highest building in the world; the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, then to make the lowest BASE jump ever, just 29 metres from the hand of the Christ statue above Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. This film captures the incredible story, before, during and after each jump, with stunning hand-held and helicopter...
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Beyond Fear

Two record breaking pilots, Britons Colin Bodill and Jennifer Murray, are on a mission, to be the first to circumnavigate the world via both Poles, in a helicopter. It’s one of the last great aviation challenges. Already they have flown from New York, down along the east coast of the United States, across the Caribbean and over Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina, to Antarctica and the South Pole. But as they turn north a storm blows up out of nowhere. They are in a white-out. As they try to make an emergency landing, with only their instruments to rely on, something goes tragically wrong. They fly into the side of a hill. The helicopter cartwheels, tossing them around inside, until it finally comes to rest, a mangled wreck. Their tracking device immediately sends out a distress signal, but they are in the middle of Antarctica, hundreds of miles from the nearest base, and there’s a storm raging. Even if a plane can be scrambled there’s no way it could land. They are both badly injured and with the temperature close to -40C they will quickly develop hypothermia. If they don’t receive medical attention urgently they will certainly...
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Death in the Desert

Denis and Tanja Katzer are travellers in the great tradition of Richard Burton, Freya Stark and Wilfred Thesiger. In more than a decade journeying together they have crossed Mongolia on horseback, Nepal by elephant, and the Sinai, Pakistan and the Taklamakan Desert with camels. Now they are about to embark on one of the longest, most arduous journeys of all. For three years they will attempt to cross Australia, from south to north and west to east, with a camel train and their dog Rufus for company. The 7,000 kilometre journey will take them through the outback and deserts of this vast country, where temperatures touch 45C in the shade, and 65+ in the open. During their journey they will encounter cyclones, bushfires and the worst drought in Australian...
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