Touching the Void
Touching the Void (courtesy, IFC Films)

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Touching the Void

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There’s nothing like a great adventure, especially when it comes with a cold soda, cool A/C, and popcorn. Join Outside‘s armchair summer 2005 expedition through Hollywood’s most exciting tales, from sea to summit and back.

Enter the Fray

CLICK HERE to join the discussion on Outside‘s top ten picks for Hollywood’s greatest celluloid joyrides.
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  1. Jaws (1975)
  2. Breaking Away (1979)
  3. Touching the Void (2003)
  4. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  6. The African Queen (1951)
  7. Aliens (1986)
  8. Point Break (1991)
  9. The Black Stallion (1979)
  10. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Agree with our list? Think it stinks? Read “Journey to the Edge of Your Seat” in the June ’05 issue, on newsstands now, and then jump right into the fray at Outside Online’s all-time-great movie forum.

More movie mania from the pages of Outside:
Will Dirk Pitt’s creator sink the fictional adventurer’s Hollywood career? Outside zooms in on the Matthew McConaughey-Penelope Cruz sand epic, Sahara, in “Cussler’s Last Stand” (March ’05).

Forget space aliens and serial killers—last year’s movie monster was global warming and the everything-that-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong Day After Tomorrow (May ’05).

Touching the Void: Probably the most gripping and realistic climbing flick of all time. Catch the trailer here and read about the making of the movie in “Making the Cut” (February ’04).

Viggo Mortenson’s Hidalgo tells the true story of hero Frank Hopkins. Too bad it’s all hogwash. Outside investigates in “Liar, Liar, Chaps on Fire” (March ’04)

Books on film:
Open Water was the sleeper indie hit of 2003. Not that there was anything sleepy about the ordeal of two divers left stranded by their dive boat. Based on a true story, read Outside‘s profile of the day the Lonergans went AWOL in the Aussie drink in “A Watery Grave” (October ’03).

To be a surfer girl in Maui is to be the luckiest of creatures. It means you’re beautiful and tan and ready to rip. It means you’ve caught the perfect dappled wave and are on a ride that can’t possibly end. Here’s the 1998 article by Susan Orlean, “Life’s Swell“, that inspired the 2002 surf classic, Blue Crush.

More artistic must-reads:
The Outside Adventure Canon: The 25 (essential) books for the well-read explorer (January ’03).

Outside Literary All-Stars: Dusted off archives of Outside‘s best writing, including Bruce Barcott, Mark Jenkins, Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiesson, and more

Lead Photo: courtesy, IFC Films

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