This weekend is the Kendal Mountain Festival - the biggest and best annual gathering of climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers in the UK. In case you missed it, here is a reminder of the main attractions this year. There are still tickets available to some events.
For a preview of some of the blockbusting films that are also on show, have a look at this KMF Film Preview Article
'Kendal' is the biggest event of its type in Europe and it's the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK. As ever there'll be hundreds of film screenings including high-profile premieres plus loads of speakers and special guests making this a must-do long weekend in the Lake District.
One of the main attarction of Kendal is the chance it gives you to listen to so many great speakers. This year is no exception and here is an edited list of some of the highlights below. For a full list check the Kendal Mountain festival web site here.
adidas presents Shauna Coxsey - Buy tickets
adidas presents Shauna Coxsey When Shauna redpointed Raindogs, one of Malham Cove’s finest F8a sport routes, at the age of 16 everyone knew there was going to be trouble!
David Pickford: The Light Elsewhere - Making The Most From Adventure Photography - Buy Tickets
In this exciting lecture, leading British climber, photographer and writer David Pickford, the editor-in-chief of Britain’s premier climbing magazine, Climb, will explain the approach to adventure photography that has helped him create some of the most iconic and captivating climbing images of the past decade.
Sherpa presents Kenton Cool - Buy Tickets
Man of the moment Kenton Cool will tell the inside story of his and Sherpa Dorje Gylgen’s ascent of the ‘three hills’ (as Kenton puts it) summiting the three mountains of the Everest horseshoe - Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,861m) & Lhotse (8,516m) - in one push, completing the ultimate Three Peaks challenge.
Patagonia presents Kelly Cordes - Buy Tickets
US alpinist Kelly Cordes says that adhering to a life-long avoidance of full-time work, he specialises in "margaritas, maximizing outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes".
Arc’teryx Session feat. James McHaffie & Mina Leslie-Wujastyk - Buy Tickets
Arc’teryx Session feat. James McHaffie & Mina Leslie-Wujastyk The Arc’teryx Session features two very talented, and very different people, James ‘Caff’ McHaffie and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk.
Ten Years of the Hot Aches: a Hotaches retrospective feat. Paul Diffley & Jack Geldard - Buy tickets
UKClimbing.com's Editor-in-Chief, Jack Geldard, will be asking the questions to discover more about Paul, his filmmaking and some of the climbers he has worked with. With a mixture of clips and chat this will be an irreverent retrospective on Hot Aches.
Sherpa presents Neil Gresham - Buy Tickets
One of Britain's best known all-rounders brings us up to speed with home developments in Deep Water Soloing, as well as his recent quest to achieve Snowdonia's legendary 'King of the Pass' Challenge.
If you’re in the London area, make a note that mountain films hit the big time later this month when, in conjunction with the British Film Institute, there’s a special Kendal Mountain Film weekend at the BFI’s Southbank film centre. Your chance to see the best mountain action and adventure films in mindblowing full HD and theatre sound!
From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th November, the finest KMF films will be playing across three cinema screens with a big event on the Friday night featuring three of the UK’s top filmmakers – Alastair Lee, Paul Diffley and Leo Dickinson – presenting their films and talking about their work.
Tickets now on sale and can be booked online at whatson.bfi.org.uk, or by telephoning the BFI Southbank Box Office on 020 7928 3232.
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.