The 2013 Keswick Mountain Festival speaker programme offers a varied mix of adventurers, climbers from all generations, cyclists, celebrities, a photographer and even a Paralympic medallist. Photographer John Beatty will lead off on 15 May, by sharing some of his superb images and captivating stories from 25 years of assignments to over 38 different countries. On the same night, environmentalist and cyclist Kate Rawles will also speak, along with explorer, TV and radio broadcaster and vice president of the Royal Geographical Society, Paul Rose.
Road and track cycling legend Graeme Obree will set the pace on 16 May, followed by the only Brit to climb all 14 8,000m peaks, mountaineer Alan Hinkes, who will talk about both his experiences of the Himalaya and his love for the Lake District's own Wainwrights. The evening will be closed by adventurer, BBC documentary maker and best selling author Mark Beaumont, who will speak about his latest challenge – ocean rowing.
Climbing will feature prominently on 17 May, when Nick Bullock, Karen Darke and Sir Chris Bonington take to the stage. Nick Bullock will share some of the experiences that feature in his highly acclaimed first book, Echoes, which was published in 2012. Karen Darke is an inspirational individual, whose story is both gripping and uplifting – she will talk about many of her challenges, including the story of her amazing Paralympic year. Sir Chris Bonington is an icon of climbing who has been enjoying adventures around the world for six decades and is just as passionate about mountains near and far today as he was when he was a teenager.
Lucy Scrase, KMF director, comments:
“We are delighted to be hosting our main speaker programme at the Theatre by the Lake. Not only is it a fantastic venue, but it is also located right next to our Festival Village in Crow Park, so together they should create a fantastic buzz throughout the festival. I think that this year's speaker line up is stronger than ever. We will be welcoming some of the biggest names from different parts of the outdoor world, and between them they will be covering a really wide variety of subjects. It's going to be a special week and the speakers are sure to be a big part of that.”