This week was a busy one in the world of outdoor and adventure with Kendal Mountains festival wrapping up, new films released, new awards, new records broken, new expeditions kicked off and new product launches…
Kendal Wraps Up
Kendal Mountain Festival had its biggest ever turn out last weekend, seeing a jam-packed ‘basecamp’ and the majority of the speaker sessions and film screenings fully booked.
In the film awards, the big winner was Climbing Blind, a documentary following Jesse Dufton as he attempts to lead climb the Old Man Of Hoy, a formidable sea stack difficult enough for experienced climbers, let alone for someone with no sight.
Watch the Climbing Blind Trailer.
Barefoot Across Britain
Anna McNuff reached Richmond on Tuesday to complete her epic 2,352-mile barefoot run across the UK. The adventurer began her journey at the start of summer from the north coast of the Shetland Islands and finished it in London, just making a couple of detours to the Isle Of Man, Wales, Jersey and Northern Ireland along the way.
This week, Patagonia made its new climbing film ROTPUNKT available to watch for free online. Something to get stuck into over the weekend perhaps.
Leftovers Never Looked So Good
Swedish brand Haglöfs has added brand new moccasins and mittens to its leftover range of products that are made from material that otherwise would have ended up being chucked away or recycled. The Leftover concept launched in Spring 2019 with a uniquely patterned sleeping bag made from offcuts rescued from their production lines. The concept was developed to help reduce production waste in a way that would actually be useful to outdoor enthusiasts.
Black Friday ‘Sail’
For the first time in recent years the YHA will not be offering any discounts on stays at its youth hostel network this Black Friday. Instead, it wants to put money into the charity’s coffers and introduce new people to its network with its unique Black Sail event.
Everyone who makes an online booking on 29 November to stay at one of its 150 plus properties in England and Wales on a future date, will be entered into a competition to win a New Year’s Eve stay for them and 15 of their family and friends at the charity’s iconic Black Sail youth hostel in Cumbria. The winner will have the entire property to themselves as an exclusive hire for up to three nights.
If you’ve not heard of Black Sail before, it’s just about the most isolated accommodation you can find in the whole of the UK with stunning mountain views all around. Worth a Google.
‘Seabirds To South’
Phoebe Smith and Dawyne Fields have teamed up to undertake a gruelling 900-mile ‘antarctic-style expedition’ across Britain in what they say is an effort to help change the common perception of what an adventurer should look like. The pair will be travelling on foot and by roller skis, carrying their equipment behind them using specially-made sleds. They’ve already departed from from Dunnet Head, Scotland’s most northerly point, and are now making their way down to the UK’s southernmost point on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
The Passing Of The Founding Father of Snowboarding
Snowboarding pioneer and founder of the brand that bears the name, Jake Burton Carpenter, has passed away aged 65. Jake died peacefully on November 20th, 2019, surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer.