The European Outdoor Film Tour premiered in Munich last night with Wideboyz Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker showing their skills on stage on the crack machine.
The tour proper starts on Saturday going across Europe before heading over to the UK for eight shows in Edinburgh (15th Nov), Glasgow (16th), Bristol (18th), Manchester (19th), Leeds (20th), Liverpool (21st) and a double finale at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 23rd November. Tickets (£12) are on sale via Ellis Brigham both online and in store from branches in tour towns and cities.
The 2 hour prog includes:
- Wideboyz (climb)
- The Road from Karakol (bike/climb/travel)
- North of the Sun (surf/eco)
- Supervention (ski/board)
- NotBad (MTB)
- Cascada (kayak)
- Sound of the Void (ski)
- The Beginning (canyoning)
- The Petit Bus Rouge (BASE jumping – off a bus, off a bridge).
Tom Randall will be appearing at the Liverpool screening on Thursday 21 and again in London on Sat 23rd for a live Q&A session.
“I’m thrilled to be involved with the E.O.F.T. this year as it’s such a huge event in Europe and it’ll be great to see it tour across the UK. I’ve seen the line up of films and they look totally amazing – there’s something in there for everyone. I can’t wait to be at the Liverpool event in person”.
The award-winning ‘Wideboyz’ (from Edinburgh based Hot Aches Productions) tells the story of Sheffield climber Tom and his partner Pete Whittaker’s attempt to conquer the world’s hardest off-width route, Century Crack in the USA. Described as ‘ultimate fighting with a rock’, offwidth crack climbing is painful and bloody and there are hardly any routes in the UK.
“The whole Wideboyz episode was a huge lift-off in my climbing career and I can hardly believe where it has taken me. The process of training from humble beginnings to eventually climbing the hardest offwidth in the world has taught me a lot of about self-belief. Pete and I have also developed a strong climbing partnership, which has been incredible. I’m not sure either of us could have achieved it on our own!”
Tom and Pete recently made a successful ascent of one of the hardest finger cracks in the world, Cobra Crack, in Squamish, Canada.
“This year, we’ve taken everything we learnt from Century Crack and applied it to thin cracks! It’s been the same journey of starting low, building up, enduring a lot of pain and finally travelling to the hallowed ground of Cobra Crack in Canada to prove ourselves. We feel pretty chuffed to have pulled off another ascent of one of the top 3 hardest cracks in the world, when we’re just two Sheffield lads who train in a 6ft high cellar.”