Kendal Mountain Festival
Thursday 6th February 2020
Fire up your imagination with a thrilling night of adventure.
Watch a brand new collection of short films on the big screen, stories of human endurance and breathtaking environments.
Plus hear from Jason Mallinson - Jason is a diver who made headline news, forming part of the team responsible for the incredible rescue of 12 Thai School boys who became trapped in a flooding cave. After varying reports of how the rescue operation unfolded Jason joins us on stage to share his gripping account of what actually happened.
New speaker announcement - Fenwick Ridley! Fenwick is an open water swimming coach and adventure swimmer who completed an upstream (yes, upstream!) 60-mile swim of the North Tyne, from Newcastle to Kielder. Fenwick spent up to 12 hours a day in the water, while also pulling a raft stocked with essential kit behind him on the 60-mile swim. Fenwick will join us on stage to share tales from this incredible adventure.
Festival Director Steve Scott will present the evening and there’ll be prizes from our tour sponsors.
(film photographs in cover slideshow)
Camel Finds Water
Trevor found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer. Then, he took it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.
In 2018, Courtney Dauwalter battled for two days and 205 miles on the steep, dry Tahoe Rim Trail. Lack of sleep, race mishaps and a relentless competitor pursued her as she was pushing her limits, running towards the overall victory. You can learn a lot about yourself when a race goes well, but you can learn even more when it all goes sideways
Billder tells the story of Bill McLane, a mountain bike trail builder. We’ll find out what trails mean to him and how his work impacts his community.
Four world-class freeskiers and a World Champion drone pilot are dropped at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing in British Columbia for one week. Their instructions: charge as hard as you can every day. This is drone footage like you’ve never seen before…
Sketching the Alps
Running through the Alps it is important to stop and smell the roses... or at least sketch them.
“Deep Water” is a captivating exploration of fear, mentorship, and deep water soloing in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam with psicobloc pioneer Tim Emmett and competition climber Kyra Condie.Watch as Kyra learns from the master, tackles the fear of climbing high above the water, and then succeeds on one of the hardest deep water solos in Vietnam, The “Lightning Crack”.
There is no better way to start the day than an early morning sea swim. A group of women, who call themselves the 'Morning
Swimmers of Sandagerði', brave the icy waters of the North Atlantic, along the coastline of the Faroe Islands, for their morning dip in the ocean. They go in every day of the year, sunshine or snow, unless a storm roughs up the water too much. And for them it is as much about connection and friendship as it is about exercise and invigoration.
What drives us to step beyond the bounds of what we know even when the stakes are high, possibly fatal? French Skydiver Remi Angeli must face his fears in order to explore new expressions of movement while BASE jumping in Mexico. On the other side of his fear he discovers life in its purist form. *National Geographic Wild To Inspire Short Film Competition Winner 2019."