Here UKC briefly introduces one of the speakers from this year's Kendal Mountain Festival . For those with a knowledge of Alpine history, Christophe Profit needs no such introduction. But if you were wondering why he is speaking at the festival this year, then perhaps this short article will fill you in. And don't miss the video at the bottom!
U ber-alpinist Christophe Profit ripped up the mountaineering rule book throughout the 1980s with a string of ultra-fast ascents and ‘enchainments’; soloing the Petit Dru in 3 hours and 10 minutes, making the first one-day solo winter ascent of the Eiger north face, soloing the massive ridge line of the Peuterey Integrale on Mont Blanc in one day, and in 1985, linking the Grandes Jorasses (climbing the Linceul Route), Eiger and Matterhorn north faces inside 24 hours.
He followed this triple link-up of the three classic north faces with an even harder version two years later, this time in just under 42 hours. This saw the French speed alpinist complete the same three faces but this time solo and in winter and also taking the much harder Croz Spur on the Grandes Jorasses.
Following his epic adventures in the alps, 1991 saw him hit the Himalaya and make a superb ascent of K2, by climbing the first ascent of the North West Ridge with fellow Frenchman Pierre Beghin. The pair climbed the route in Alpine style, and although their route covered little new terrain (they followed the North West Ridge, the traversed the North West Face and summited by the existing Japanese Route on the North Ridge) to climb such a line without fixed ropes and camps was a futuristic effort.
Profit, who has guided the North Face of the Eiger 10 times, is one of the legendary French alpinists of his generation.
VIDEO: Christophe Profit on the 3 North Faces WInter Solo
Kendal Mountain Festival is by far the largest and most varied event of its type in the world - it is also the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK
'Kendal' is one of the leading festivals of its kind in the world. It is an internationally-known event, attracting film premieres from around the globe. Film makers, TV producers, adventurers, climbers and world-class lecturers gather to take part in four packed days of the very best films, speakers, books and exhibitions covering all aspects of mountain and adventure sports culture. It is also the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK and 2014 will be our 15th straight year.
HOW TO BOOK TICKETS
Easily accessible from the M6 and by train and there are plenty of accommodation options in and around the town but you need to be on your toes as they fill up very quickly over the Mountain Festival weekend.
This year we will once again have a camping field but owing to its popularity, you need to book in advance - more info.
For all your questions, accommodation and travel needs go to www.golakes.co.uk here you will find all the information you should need for your visit to Cumbria, alternatively call the accommodation booking line on 0845 450 1199.