Kendal Mountain Festival returns 16-19 November for another weekend of films, talks and socialising in the Lake District town.
Presented by Columbia Sportswear, at the heart of the festival will be the critically acclaimed ‘International Film Festival’, a 4-day programme of film-screenings and talks celebrating both the well-documented and lesser-known feats of adventure, endurance and exploration.
This year’s list of guest speakers includes renowned climber Tommy Caldwell, world-record endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont, presenter Steve Backshall and Jenny Tough, who recently ran 1000km, solo and unsupported across the High Atlas Mountains.
The whole festival is centred around the Basecamp Village which will be open and free to the public. There'll be talks there throughout the weekend, plus a bar and a number of stalls from outdoor brands.
Speaker Highlights at Kendal Mountain Festival
- Damian Hall - fastest Briton in this year's Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc ultramarathon
- Andy Kirkpatrick - British climber and film maker with 29 climbs of El Cap to his name
- Ben Page - Successfully travelled the world by pedal power
- Helen Whitaker - considered by many to be one of the greatest ever fell runners.
Event Highlights at Kendal Mountain Festival
A new feature at the festival, the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival will celebrate a diverse mix of literature, arts and new thinking covering the wide genre of ‘Outdoor’. Speakers will include Tommy Caldwell and Sir Chris Bonington.
Another thing to keep an eye out for is Lowe Alpine's 'House Party' where they'll be celebrating 50 years of operation. Festival goers will have the opportunity to take part in a challenge involving ice axes and there'll be archive films featuring the Lowe brothers on show.
On the Friday evening Lowe Alpine will welcome brand ambassador and festival stalwart Andy Cave to present a talk celebrating 50 years of adventures in the mountains and on Saturday night there'll be a 70s themed party – expect ski jumpers, Jeff Lowe tribute moustaches, drinks and music.
More information can be found on the Kendal Mountain Festival website.