Kendal Mountain Festival 2011

Report by planetFear
Tuesday 4th October 2011

Kendal Mountain Festival is one of the leading festivals of its kind in the world. It is an internationally-known event, attracting film premieres from around the globe. Film makers, TV producers, adventurers, climbers and world-class lecturers gather to take part in four packed days of the very best films, speakers, books and exhibitions covering all aspects of mountain and adventure sports culture. It is also the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK  and 2011 will be the festival's 12th straight year.

KMF is not all extreme action -  films genres include culture, drama, wildlife and environmental documentaries plus a huge lecture programme. Other highlights include arts and literature events, plus the highly respected 'Adventure Film Academy' for aspiring film-makers - involving the BBC and other key organisations. 

The KMF is by far the largest and most varied event of its type in Europe and it's the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK.

The programme for the event is extensive and can be found here>

Thursday will see Free Flight Night take place, headed by local Jon Chambers who is recently back from the Red Bull X-Alps where he grabbed 5th place in this astonishing race.

Friday sees the adidas Terrex Endurance Night, showcasing team planetFear's Ant Emmet and Bruce Duncan as they take the audience through their Epic Tri completed earlier in the year, with planetFear's editor Dave MacFarlane premiering The Epic Tri film that came out of the event.

Bike Night will also take place in the Dojo on Friday with highly acclaimed MTB filmmaker Clay Porter, plus the Longhope Route film premiere of Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner's 500m ascent of the largest cliff in the UK on the isle of Hoy taking place in the Brewery Arts Centre Theatre.

Saturday will see Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey talk about their recent ascent of the Moonflower Buttress in Alaska, previously reported by planetFear here>  

Plus talks by Jerry Gore, Ed Drummond, Nazir Sabir, Kenton Cool, Dale Tempar, Richard Parks, John Beatty, James Pearson, Cameron McNeish and Richard Else, Lyn Hill, Corey Richards and Denis Urubko and Simone Moro.

planetFear interviewed Kenton Cool at the 2010 KMF 

Sunday sees the hugely entertaining Andy Kirkpatrick talk about his new book Cold Wars, Johnny Dawes takes to the stage for what promises to be a superb talk about his autobiography 'Full of Myself'  in addition Jon Faull, Colin Mortlock and Nick Bullock will also be featuring on Sunday's programme.

Click for the full programme of the 2011 KMF

The shorlist has just been announced for this year's Boardman-Tasker award for Mountain Literature

From an entry of twenty books, the shorlist of authors and their books has just been anncounced and are listed below.

The award ceremony,  reception and lunch will take place during the 2011 Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday 18th November at 1.00pm. To book a ticket click here

Steve ‘Crusher' Bartlett
A strikingly illustrated history of climbing on the sandstone pillars
of the Colorado Plateau.

Tim Hannigan
A page turning story of George Hayward's impressive explorations in the Western Himalaya and the conflicting stories surrounding his murder in the Hindu Kush.

Bernadette McDonald
The story of how Polish climbers emerged after the 2nd World War and the rigours of the Russian occupation, to dominate high altitude mountaineering.

Joe Simpson
An atmospheric climbing novel of life, loss and redemption in the high Alps.

Ian Smith
A well researched biography charting Edward Whymper's journey from apprentice engraver to celebrated mountaineer and explorer.

The 2010 Boardman-Tasker award for Mountain LIterature was won by Ron Fawcett for his autobiography 'Rock Athlete'.

Full details including the KMF programme, location and details regarding accomodation etc can be found on the KMF site

planetFear are again the official retail partner to the Kendal Mountain Festival so come and see us for some incredible bargains on top kit from Haglofs, Rab and Marmot in the marquee.

The planetFear online store can be found here where we have kit from the best brands in the industry for climbing, adventure racing, mountain biking and back country skiing.

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