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Adventure film series gets off the beaten path

What: Pavol Barabas films

Who: K2 Adrenaline Adventure Series

Where: MY Place

When: Thursdays starting Dec. 26

For most of us, our mountain experience involves groomed runs and snowballs. For an elite few, it’s taking on the backcountry, and for even fewer, it’s the fine line between life and death, a dangerous exploration into the unknown, the last evidence of a world we’ll never know.

The K2 Adrenaline Adventure Series is bringing a selection of these unique experiences to Whistler all winter. First up for an extended run will be three documentaries from Czech director Pavol Barabas. His films have won 67 awards around the world.

Tickets are $9.99 per screening, $5 for kids. Double bill is $16. Part of the proceeds go to Zero Ceiling, a charity teaching underprivileged youth how to get off the streets and into skis and snowboards.

The 6:30 p.m. screening will show:

118 days In The Captivity Of Ice — Crossing the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada through the North Pole remained the last, almost impossible dream of Arctic explorers for many years. This is the story of Slovakian and Russian polar explorers who tried to make this dream come true using only their own strength and no aircraft support. Runs for 60 minutes.

Mustang — This secret kingdom in the territory of Nepal is hidden behind the high wall of the Himalayas. Time seems to have stopped in this medieval fortress. Electricity, roads and cars are unknown to these people and yet in some ways they are ahead of us. Runs for 28 minutes.

The 9 p.m. screening will show:

Mysterious Mamberamo — Irian Jaya is the only place where civilized man can come into contact with the primitive world. Until now no expedition had managed the march from the centre of the country to the river Mamberamo. Two friends entered the unknown jungle in the forbidden inland territory of New Guinea, in order to lift the veil of secrecy from this virgin river. Runs for 67 minutes.

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