Kendal Mountain Festival - On The Edge

Kendal Mountain Festival comes to Langdale © National Trust

Kendal Mountain Festival comes to Langdale

Latest update 02.07.2014 09:02

With just over a month to go until Kendal Mountain Festival’s new summer event, the organisers are releasing more details about the programme.

Kendal Mountain Festival - On The Edge takes place on 25-27 July in Langdale, in the heart of the Lake District. In partnership with the National Trust, the event will be based at the charity’s Sticklebarn Tavern and features a mix of films, guest speakers, live music and great food. The theme for this event is ‘How can technology enhance your wilderness experiences’ with fascinating insights and presentations from our event partners. Prepare to be enlightened and enthused!

Main speakers include famous big-wall climber and funny man Andy Kirkpatrick with his daughter Ella, talking about their ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan last year when Ella was just 13. Filmmaker Ian Burton recounts the challenges of shooting extreme footage, whilst Nigel Vardy (AKA Mr Frostbite) recalls the demise of his digits. The weekend will kick off on Friday night with ‘The Raven’s Pit’, an evening of fire, tall tales and Langdale climbing. Fire masters James McHaffie and Andy Kirkpatrick will be stoking the stories, so be prepared for several pints-worth of the hardest, loosest, uncanny, and perhaps unfounded tales of climbing heritage.

Says KMF director Clive Allen,'Outside of our annual film tour, this is the first time we’ve organised a fringe event – hence On the Edge. We want it to reflect everything that people associate with Kendal Mountain Festival – the great social atmosphere, brilliant films, and inspirational speakers - but we’re intending to keep it fairly compact.'

One of the major attractions will be the choice of films being screened. Kendal Mountain Festival will be delving into its back catalogue of top films and screening a selection of its all-time favourites.

Other highlights of the programme include James Thurlow sharing his story on how technology enables him to battle type 1 diabetes on gruelling Ultra Distance events and Jocky Sanderson reveals how man can fly hundreds of miles today with modern flexible wing designs.

There’s a full programme of expert presenters with Irish outdoor chef Kieran Creevy leading foraging walks and cooking up exciting meals with the resulting haul, while outdoor brands and technology experts, ViewRanger, will talk about smart devices and the outdoors. Garmin will present their new nifty Virb camera, Haglöfs will present outdoor clothing technologies and Lowe Alpine will present the ‘art of carrying your load’ with innovative new pack designs. If your head or legs hurt from all the stimulation then the latest Nordisk tented village will provide a comfortable chill-out zone for you to sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

Plus there’s great music with Handbrake Shirley, Righteous Bees and Scrogans Run on Saturday, and The Seals, the rockin’ Cumbrian band, on Sunday.

With plenty of camping and accommodation close by, the Festival promises to be popular, although with limited space at the venue the organisers are advising people to book early.

Says National Trust Ranger, Neil Winder, 'We’re really looking forward to hosting the On the Edge event here at Sticklebarn, it should bring a lot of like-minded people together, sharing our passion for the outdoors and special places.'