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For those of us who believe in bucket lists, every once in a while something comes along that gets immediately thrown onto the list. Not only that, it becomes a priority and moves somewhere near if not right to the top of the list.

This morning I had one of those discoveries. The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

Twelve hours ago I didn’t even know this film festival existed. Eleven hours ago I e-mailed a friend who lives in the UK to see what he’s doing March 4th – 6th in the extremely unlikely situation I can a) get the time off work and b) can somehow top up the 2011 vacation fund (which took a big yet exciting hit when I got accepted into the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon about nine hours ago).

Alright, so what is ShAFF and why am I so excited / interested? Three days of films featuring adventure sports: climbing, mountain biking, skiing, orienteering, BASE jumping, surfing, skateboarding, trekking, kayaking, mountaineering, and the environment. So basically, non-stop films of all the activities I love in incredible locations around the globe that most of us only dream about.

ShAFF boasts that 100% of past visitors, starting in 2006 straight through to 2010, would return to the film festival. Some people have Cannes and Sundance on their bucket lists – I’ll take ShAFF.