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9 Best Adventure Movies On Prime in 2019

Amazon Prime is not just home to The Grand Tour and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It hosts some very, very good adventure movies as well.

Managed to work your way through our list of the 9 Best Adventure Movies On Netflix? Or maybe you’ve still got that empty void left in your schedule as you wait until the next Game of Thrones is released? We’ve got the 9 Best Adventure Movies on Amazon Prime Video for you to get working through and hopefully inspired to get out there on your own adventures. We’ve tried to cover a wide range of adventures, from polar expeditions to Moroccan triathlons, and everything in between.

Most of these are all free to watch for Amazon Prime subscribers, others require payment on top of your subscription fee.

Here are the best adventure movies on Prime as of February 2019.

Distilled

Scottish winter. Home to seemingly endless spindrift avalanches pouring from above and excruciating hot aches whilst perched on a tiny belay ledge. You’ve got to love Scottish winter climbing and mountaineering. It’s even more enjoyable to watch from behind your screen, sat on your comfy sofa, cup of tea and biscuits in hand.

Distilled takes us through why Scottish winter climbing draws in so many climbers around the world. The film does such a good job of blending Andy’s backstory into the theme of Scottish climbing, with memories and shots from Andy on trips to Changabang and the Eiger.

Just to give you a little background on Andy, if you’ve not previously head of him before. Andy Cave has been on the cutting edge of the climbing scene ever since getting stuck into the Peak District Grit in his teens. Now an IFMGA mountain guide, author and all-round nice guy, Andy has put up new routes up around the world. However, it’s the tough nature of Scottish winter climbs is what draws Andy back and Distilled shows us why.

Watch Distilled here

Shifting Dreams

Shifting Dreams Trailer from Dark Sky Media on Vimeo.

Shifting from the world of competition climbing to trad and Alpinism is no mean feat – you’ve got a whole new level of objective danger to take into consideration; from long runouts, rockfall and quickly changing weather patterns. Shifting Dreams follows the story of Caroline Ciavaldini as she makes this move into the vast world that is outdoor climbing.

Starting with Caroline’s early years as a competition climber, which involved intense commitment and focus on the single aspect of climbing. The film then moves onto how the death of Caroline’s mother plays an integral part on where she wants to take her climbing – to the wild and unexplored high-mountain peaks where she needs to learn how to get a grip of and handle her fears. Expect lots of stunning panning drone shots, as Caroline seemingly floats her away up the delicate arêtes and pinnacles found around the French Alps.

Watch Shifting Dreams here

Shackleton’s Captain

Yes, Sir Ernest Shackleton was a brilliant polar explorer after leading groundbreaking expeditions during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. However, many aren’t aware that there were many equally brilliant men working alongside him, who in turn helped Shackleton build his reputation. Shakeleton’s Captain tells us the story of Frank Worsley, who’s heroism and skill as the captain of the expedition ship, Endurance saved the lives of many onboard. Edurance was aimed for the South Pole during the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, but ended in near-disaster.

Shackleton’s Captain strikes an almost perfect combination of contemporary footage, along with (overly) dramatised reenactments that are all brought together through the use of interviews with polar writers and previous expedition leaders. Expect to get a detailed dissection of exactly what went wrong that gives you a sense of being there during this ill-fated journey.

Watch Shackleton’s Captain here

Running for Good

Wow. Just watch the trailer for this one. I guarantee you’ll head straight over to Amazon to spend the next 74 minutes of your life enthralled in this documentary – and not one second of that will be wasted. Running for Good tells the beautiful story of how ultra-marathon trail runner Fiona Oakes came to take on “The Toughest Footrace on Earth” – The Marathon Des Sables, a 250km race through the Sahara Desert.

Fiona’s story to the Marathon Des Sables is not a straightforward one, however. She made a name of herself by becoming the fastest woman in the world to run a marathon on all seven of the continents. Not only that, but Fiona was told at the age of 14, that she would not be able to walk again. This followed more than 17 knee surgeries and the removal of one of her kneecaps – we can’t even be able to fathom the amount of rehabilitation undertaken by Fiona to get to where she is now.

Watch Running for Good here

Searching for Nepal

Searching for Nepal is a fantastic travel documentary that takes you on a journey with former Peace Corps Volunteer Phil Deutschle as he returns to Nepal. Don’t expect any fancy camera trickery or staged shots – this is a raw documentation of Phil’s emotional journey. The documentary has been shot entirely on location as the events unfold.

Phil lived and worked in Aiselukharka 34 years ago, where he taught as a science teacher at the local school. It was whilst he was living in this remote village, Phil was taken in by a local Nepalese family, which makes returning to Nepal is significant for Mr Deutschle as he seeks to find his adopted family, 34 years on, following the aftermath of Nepal’s Maoist civil war.

Watch Searching for Nepal here

The Ultimate Triathlon

Normally a single triathlon is more than enough exercise for most people. Luke Tyburski decided to complete a gruelling 20,000km triathlon by swimming, biking and running from Morocco to Monaco. The film takes you through all the pain you can imagine would come along with a trip like this.

The trip spans over multiple days, with Luke’s endurance visibly being sapped day after day.

Watch The Ultimate Triathlon here

Everest

Yes, it may feature a start-studded cast and the dramatisation that comes with a casting like this, but Everest takes you along on the enthralling story of the 1996 Mount Everest catastrophe. This event saw multiple climbing expeditions perish on the largest mountain in the world from one of the fiercest snowstorms that has been seen on the mountain.

A must watch for all outdoor enthusiasts. Not for the sadly fatal turn of events that the film follows, but for the stunning cinematography used to capture the wild, remote and fundamentally deadly terrain of the Himalayas. The budget behind creating a movie like this must be astronomical, so go get some value for money out of your Prime subscription.

Although Everest is hosted on Prime, you will still need to pay to rent, or buy this movie in order to watch it.

Watch Everest here

Touching the Void

Everybody knows the story, most people have read the book, but not many have watched the gripping BAFTA award winning documentary. Touching the Void gives you a first hand and visual account of the perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, made by Joe Simpson and Simon Yates in 1985.

If you’ve not yet got round to reading the book, then I’d urge you to find yourself the nearest copy. You’ll soon be sucked into the tale of the fight for survival made by Joe and Simon after they become separated from each other whilst trying to make the ascent. What follows is then nothing short of spectacular, as Joe is left at the bottom of a crevasse – needing to literally crawl his way back to civilisation (their remote campsite). I must admit that the book is a much more worthwhile way a telling this story, due to the detail that Joe is able to go into, but that doesn’t mean that this documentary is any less worthwhile a watch.

Although Everest is hosted on Prime, you will still need to pay to rent, or buy this movie in order to watch it.

Watch Touching the Void here

Symphony on Skis

3-4 days, 50km and 4000 vertical metres ascended. Symphony on Skis is New Zealand’s version of the Haute Route. It involves linking together New Zealand’s four main glaciers and crosses the Southern Alps from east to west, passing through the stunning Mount Cook range.

The film not only takes us on a journey from some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, it also takes us on a journey of the life of Gottlieb and how he came to ski the Symphony on Skis. Don’t feel as though you have to be a hardcore skier to watch this film. I guarantee you’ll be just as awe-struck as a seasoned expert, even if you’ve never even strapped a pair of skis to your feet before.

Watch Symphony on Skis here

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