5 unmissable films for adventure escapism

Get inspired this Christmas break with films that will have you yearning for big adventures in the great outdoors. Discover our alternative festive film guide...

Are you already fed up with the feel-good Christmas films? Well, we’ve got a healthy dose of adventure escapism ready to get you feeling suitably inspired to take on more epic challenges in 2024

From unrivalled insights into some of the world’s toughest races that we support, to incredible stories of resilience from our #TeamMontane athletes - we’ve got plenty of options to fill a lazy afternoon on the sofa. 

So pop the kettle on, get your Christmas snacks ready, and prepare to be filled with awe and wonder…


From the Canadian Rockies to the Atlas Mountains - SOLO explores 6 continents and takes #TeamMontane athlete Jenny Tough on an epic challenge spanning several years. Jenny’s mission was to run across some of the world’s most remote mountain ranges, by foot, by herself, unsupported, and solo. Along the way, she takes on a powerful journey of self-discovery and personal growth. This is the ultimate film for those looking to broaden their horizons in 2024, and for those feeling really inspired, take a look at Jenny's tips to get started on your own solo adventure.

Watch on YouTube.

jenny tough solo film

Spine Race

Specially commissioned to celebrate 10 years of ‘Britain’s Most Brutal Race’, The Spine shares footage captured by our friends Summit Fever Media over the years, as hundreds of participants attempt to take on the Pennine Way in the depths of winter. Featuring interviews with the race’s founders, you’ll discover the story behind the now iconic Winter Spine race. You’ll also hear tales from the brave participants who have taken on the race for themselves over the years. This is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance in the UK.

Watch on Amazon Prime or Apple TV.

spine race film

1000km of Chaos

Follow in the footsteps of Irish racer Kevin Leahy as he takes on not one, but two of the coldest ultras on the planet - the Yukon Arctic Ultra and the Lapland Arctic Ultra. For anyone looking to immerse themselves in snowy landscapes this festive season, this is the film for you! 1000km of Chaos heads to the remote Yukon province of Canada, as well as the spellbinding frozen forests of Sweden. Kevin’s mission? To push himself further than he ever thought possible…

Watch on Amazon Prime.

1000km of chaos film


Meet Bristol-based Grace Shepherd, a #TeamMontane athlete who found hope and healing in the climbing community. Having spent many traumatic teenage years stuck in hospital, we follow Grace as she discovers a new focus that will positively change her life.  NB: Please be aware this video content contains content about eating disorders and may be emotionally challenging.

Watch on YouTube

Grace film

Dragon’s Back Race

Dubbed the ‘world’s toughest mountain race’, The Montane Dragon’s Back Race is not for the faint-hearted. Traversing the rugged spine of Wales, racers begin at Conwy Castle before taking on a gruelling 6-day multi-stage journey towards Cardiff Castle. In between they tackle 380km of distance and 17,400m of ascent. 

After putting racers through their paces on the inaugural race in 1992 (hear from the original winner Helen Diamantides in our podcast), this film follows the first race after a 20-year hiatus. 

Watch on Amazon Prime

Dragons Back Race film