/ ARTICLE/PHOTOS: Kendal Mountain Festival Report

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UKC Articles - on 29 Dec 2008
Kevin Avery says, "It's that feeling many of us get when we're out in the mountains. "Never again," you might think but within 20 minutes of getting back to the car all the pain and misery is forgotten. Strange bunch aren't we? "

Alan James says, ""Messner delivered a lecture that he had delivered many times before and didn't we know it."

Sarah Clough contemplated, ""The author Kurt Vonnegut wrote that human beings are gregarious creatures who are not happy in nuclear families, and that we should surround ourselves with like minded people and 'create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.""

Mick Ryan as usual says too much.

We published the film competition results straight after the Festival, here is a report of the event from four UKClimbing.com reporters.

Read and see more: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1523
Karl Bromelow on 30 Dec 2008
In reply to UKC Articles:

Looks like Jim Curran's got a lot of coloured pencils : ) Crikey! Hope he doesn't sue me for that!

Elsewhere looks like an exceptionally good festival. I was never part of it, always an innocent bystander but how I miss that scene.

Happy New Year to all at UKC and your readers.
MattH - on 30 Dec 2008
In reply to Karl Bromelow:

For those who didn't make it to Kendal, or who did, and want more, checm out http://www.shaff.co.uk

Feb 27 to Mar 1.

Cheers,
MattH
AlisonS - on 30 Dec 2008
In reply to MattH:

A long way for Karl to travel to from Australia no?

Probably worth it though :-)
bullybones - on 31 Dec 2008
In reply to UKC Articles:
> Sarah Clough contemplated, "The author Kurt Vonnegut wrote that human beings...should surround ourselves with like minded people and 'create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured."

I've often mused over that, and thought that most of the time climbers have too much of a rogue instinct to act as a community. We behave more like we're in Fight Club than the supportive Alcoholics Anonymous-type community that Vonnegut had in mind.

First rule of Kendal: don't mention Kendal.
Fidget - on 04 Jan 2009
In reply to jhenryb:

> I've often mused over that, and thought that most of the time climbers have too much of a rogue instinct to act as a community. We behave more like we're in Fight Club than the supportive Alcoholics Anonymous-type community that Vonnegut had in mind.

You reckon? I suppose I think that climbers like the social side as a balance, something to come back to, but maybe don't want to ask for it. I think the 'like minded' bit is key - we don't really want to socialise with a group of drunk footballers or pop idol / x-factor obsessives, but do relish the opportunity to hang out with a large group of other climbers when it arises. Or perhaps we just want the best of both worlds! Kendal did seem to me to be a kind of proof that climbers fit Vonnegut's statement too.

> First rule of Kendal: don't mention Kendal.

;)
bullybones - on 04 Jan 2009
In reply to Sarah_Clough:
Yeah, you're right after all - I wasn't at Kendal but I just spent the weekend in Llanberis and feel thoroughly rehabbed and community-ised!

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