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The Fort William Mountain Festival

The Fort William Mountain Festival
29 January 2013 No comments

For the 10th successive year we are pleased to be supporting The Fort William Mountain Festival. This year’s festival will take place from the 21st to 24th of February 2013 with a packed programme of speakers, films and workshops over the course of the weekend. A launch night and 4 themed nights set the festival to be a great weekend of entertainment with something to suit everyone.

Here is a taste of what’s on offer:

Launch Night
Kick off the Fort William Mountain Festival with a locally sourced and inspired 4 course meal at the Pinemarten Café & Bar at Nevis Range. You will be treated to a great night of entertainment with local musicians and the screening of a selection of film competition entries, as well as a torch lit mountain descent.

Bike Night
Rob Warner, Stu Thompson and Chipps Chippendale open up the festival with their favourite action packed biking films and conduct an interactive Q&A session along with compere Nigel Page, so start thinking of your questions now! The Bike Night will also feature the recently completed Episode 7 from our very own Dudes of Hazzard which is sure to provide some entertaining viewing.

British Mountain Guides
Collectively they share a common passion for climbing, mountaineering and skiing, and professionalism for leading groups in challenging and hazardous terrain. Guides Andy Nelson, Tim Neill and Stu McAleese will share their stories and experiences for climbing and the outdoors by discussing Winter Climbing, Alpine Climbing & Expedition Climbing.

Antarctic Night – Sponsored By Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Join us for an inspirational and motivating evening with Paralympics silver medallist Karen Darke and expedition leader Felicity Aston, the only woman to ski across Antarctica alone.
Karen Darke will present “From the Paralympics to the Pole” where she will discuss her experience of winning a silver medal for hand-cycling at the Paralympic Games 2012, as well as the numerous outdoor expeditions she has completed and the difficulties of wheels in these environments! Karen will continue to outline plans and training progress for her next expedition to the South Pole.

In 2009 Felicity Aston trained and led a team of 7 women from 6 different countries to the South Pole. During her lecture Felicity will show her film, “Call of the White”. She will explain how she came to select a team of novices who had never met, and some who had never seen snow, and help them to train for and complete a gruelling expedition to the South Pole in a period of just 8 months.

Climbing Night
Come along to the Climbing Night with Andy Cave and Paul Diffley as they present a recently shot project, for a celebration of Scottish winter climbing told through the prism of Ben Nevis.
Mountaineer and award winning author Andy Cave was caught in a storm on Tower Ridge of Ben Nevis almost 30 years ago, he will explain how this experience fuelled his love for mountaineering. Ben Nevis has been a site of great epics and tragedy, Andy will examine the routes, characters and passion involved and will illustrate the importance of Scottish winter climbing on the global mountaineering stage.

The Best of Banff Night
The Best of Banff Night will showcase some of the most inspiring, creative and exciting films chosen from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. A selection of these will be screened for you to enjoy an exciting night of entertainment. This year’s selections include films on biking tricks/jumps, paddlers, adventurers, curling, speedriding and even a rollerman.

Get involved in this years selection of workshops which include winter walking, mountain photography, avalanche workshops, climbing, Ben Nevis guided walk, bike care, ski and snowboard lessons and more!

We’re waiting for the new showreel to be available but in the meantime enjoy this from last year: