Grand Prize & Film Journalists Jury award, La Plagne Film Festival
Best Film of Festival and Best Outdoor Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival
Silver Trigav & Best Camera Award, Kranj Festival of Sport, Yugoslavia
Diable D’or & Prix of the Public, Les Diablerets Film Festival
Best Photography Award, Trento Film Festival
International Emmy Award Nominee
Award of honour for Best Film on Mountain Sports, San Sebastian
Grand Prize & Prize of the President of the Republic at the 7th International Festival of Sports Films, Paris
Golden Gentian, Trento Grand Prize
At the foot of the highest mountain on earth a team of British canoeists put their kayaks into the freezing waters of the Dudh Kosi River that springs from the Khumbu Icefall to canoe the 90 miles of fast-flowing rapids to the Sun Kosi.
With the river running unusually high and at over 30 miles an hour in places, the canoeists battle with waterfalls, whirlpools and giant waves where the slightest mistake could be fatal.
After three week’s paddling, a canoe becomes jammed under a huge stopper and the Mick Hopkinson is swept into the freezing waters. Expedition leader Dr Mike Jones gives chase - Leo watches helplessly through his camera lens as the drama unfolds and Mick is sucked beneath stopper after stopper. As he disappears around a bend Leo worries about the outcome.
Regarded by kayakers the world over as the best film ever made about their sport.