This year's Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival takes place on 26-28 October, 2012 and is the tenth annual EMFF with around 3,000 people expected to take in a mix of outdoor speakers and films - it all seems a far cry from its humble brewery origins back in 2003.
The venue is the George Square Lecture Theatre in Edinburgh and the programme has just been announced - not only that, but if you're quick, you can take advantage of the EMFF's 'early bird' ticket offer.
The programme looks impressive too. Headline speakers include mountaineer come BASE-jumper come TV personality Leo Houlding and the only Briton to have scaled all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, Alan Hinkes. Houlding will be talking about his January 2012 expedition deep into the Amazon jungle of Venezuela to tackle the Yopo Wall on Cerro Autana, the subject of a forthcoming Alastair Lee film.
Speaking about his appearance, Houlding said: “I’ve been hoping to come to the EMFF since it started back in 2003. Time flies but I’m delighted to be speaking at the 10th anniversary festival. I’ve got some great stories to share with everyone. It’s going to be an awesome weekend!”
Hinkes meanwhile will be looking back at his Challenge 8000 project illustrated with a mix of still and video potography and talking about what it too to beome one of just 12 people alive who've climbed all the 8000ers.
Also appearing is Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland, who not only travelled to the North Pole in winter, but also got married there in summer and Chamonix-based American climber and IFMGA guide Zoe Hart with her lecture 'The Alpine Princess' based on her climbing experieinces across the world.
And, as you'd expect, there are films too. Highlights include the first Edinburgh showing of The Long Hope featuring Scottish climber Dave MacLeod, Cold, the winter Himalayan climbing epic, and Sketchy Andy, a slackline adventure.
Tickets start at £5 and are available online at the festival web site: www.edinburghmountainff.com.