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Fancy getting outdoors but don't quite feel up to it? Here are ten films to inspire the adventurous spirit in you! 


1 Tracks (2014)

An incredibly beautiful film that shows the Australian landscape at its best. This films tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 walked 1,700 miles from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean across Australia's central and western deserts. Truly terra incognita even today! She travelled only with her dog Diggity and four moody camels. The film is an adventurous search for solitude in the beauty and cleanliness of the desert. (Certificate 12A)


Taking a break on the 1,700 mile walk across the central and western Australian deserts (Tracks)


2 The Goonies (1985)

There's only way to save their home - a hunt for a pirate's ancient treasure! Mikey and his gang of friends, 'The Goonies', stumble upon a treasure map leading to the hidden fortune of the legendary 'One-Eyed' Willie and his pirateship The Inferno. If they can get their hands on the gold, hidden within the cliffs of coastal Oregon, they might just be able to save their homes from demolition. This family film is every child's (and adult's) dream of adventure close to home! (Certificate 12)

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Who wants to hunt for pirate treasure? (The Goonies)


3 The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Based on the chilling novel by Paul Theroux, this film chronicles the mishaps of an inventor who drags his family from the USA to Honduras in order to escape the evils of mankind. Not all goes to plan as he struggles to carve out a new existence in the choked jungle of the Mosquito Coast. The film captures the obsessive nature of a true pioneering spirit who will stop at (almost) nothing to realise his dreams. Well worth a watch, it portrays just how harrowing life in the jungle can be. (Certificate PG)


4 The Gimp Monkeys (2012) - documentary

This inspiring documentary follows the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan – a sheer wall of granite rising from the heart of the national park’s most famous valley. There was no cause. No call for awareness. No fundraising. ‘We are climbers first, disabled second. If you’re a climber, you want to climb El Cap,’ says Craig DeMartino. DeMartino lost his leg after a 100-foot climbing fall. Pete Davis was born without an arm. Bone cancer claimed Jarem Frye's left leg at the age of 14. While the three are linked by what they are missing, it is their shared passion for climbing that pushed them towards this truly awesome goal. (Certificate n/a)


5 A River Runs Through It (1992)

The true story of two brothers growing up in 1920s rural Montana and their love of fly fishing in the Blackfoot River. The backdrop for the film is the stunning Montana wilderness. While this film is not about a hardcore adventuring spirit, it sums up the deeply therapeutic enjoyment of outdoor life at a more peaceful pace. (Certificate PG)

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Fly fishing on the Blackfoot River (A River Runs Through It)


6 Into The Wild (2007)

The ultimate ‘getting away from it all’ film. The true story of Chris McCandless who, following his graduation from university, spent two years travelling around North America. He hitchhiked, kayaked, walked and crawled his way to a ‘final climactic battle to kill the beast within,’ spending 100 days living off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the fatal ending, the film encapsulates the beauty of living out a romantic dream in the wilderness. (Certificate 15)


7 North of the Sun (2013) - documentary

Young surfers Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum had a dream – to spend nine months living on an isolated and uninhabited beach inside the Arctic Circle. They brought only some clothes, a few tools and their surfboards. Embracing the pioneering spirit they built a cosy Hobbit-style cabin out of driftwood and spent a winter surfing some of the world’s finest waves. The two friends are truly likeable and you will be buoyed by the ingenuity and charm of their adventure. (Certificate PG)

Check out the teaser trailer on YouTube or watch the whole adventure on Vimeo.

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Surfing inside the Arctic Circle (North of the Sun)


8 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

A controversial choice to be sure, but this film has what can only be described as rip-roaring adventure – romantic rescues, escape from a desert monster, battles galore, and so on, all ending with a Scout-like campfire party. Return of the Jedi also features one of the most entrancing locations ever to be seen on film – the forest moon of Endor. Scenes in these forests were filmed in California’s mystical old-growth redwood forests and inspired generations of kids and adults to dig out the boots and bikes for an adventure in the woods. We could all learn a few bush craft survival skills from the Ewoks… (Certificate U)

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 Do you think they'll be roasting marshmallows over that fire later? (Return of the Jedi)


9 Touching the Void (2003) - documentary

In 1985 two British climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, attempted to summit Siula Grande, a 6,344 metre giant deep in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. A broken leg, bad weather and a disastrous fall led to a near fatal accident for Simpson. This gut-wrenching documentary takes viewers through the hellish adventure. (Certificate 15)


10 Chasing Ice (2013) - documentary

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to capture a multi-year record of the world's chaning glaciers and raise awareness of climate change. Environmental photographer James Balog, with a band of young adventurers in tow, set up revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture some magnificent but terrifying footage. Find out more at (Certificate 12A)

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Abseiling into the crevasse of a glacier to set up a time-lapse camera (Chasing Ice)


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