Kendal Mountain Festival 2008 Latest!

Online competitions launched, jackets to be won and loads more attractions at this year's Kendal fest.

Posted: 18 September 2008
by Jon

It's all go for this year's Kendal Mountain Festival with the brand new web site being regularly updated with new of new attractions at the event which runs from 20-23 November 2008 including an online amateur film competition.

Cool and Fiennes on the Eiger

The Amateur Film Competition is being run on line and is sponsored by Berghaus, who are also the overall festival sponsors. It's a stripped down sort of thing with entries limited to 3mb, which is about a minute of footage, so it's all about getting the basics right and tight. There are also two online photography competitions, amateur and professional, with winners chosen by public voting plus a judged prize.

Grangers and Oxfam are going to be launching their innovative Fabric4Life scheme at the Festival. It's an initiative where Grangers will be restoring technical clothing donated to Oxfam shops, so they can then go back into stock and be sold giving them a second lease of life. There's going to be a Fabric4Life stand at Kendal where visitors can donate clothing in exchange for some Grangers 2-in-1 samples.

The other major launch at Kendal is the return of the innovative Skymasters climbing competition at the  2009 OS Outdoros Show. Last year's inaugural comp was simply stunning and it's back next year for more aerial lunacy...

More Festival Folk...

Lots more added to the programme as well including Leo Houlding talking about his transformation from rock climber to all round meeja personality including his recent trip to Everest. Kenton Cool will be describing his ascent of the Eiger Norwand with Rannulph Fiennes - summit picture above.

There's loads more besides - Mark Beaumont on his round the world, record-breaking cycle ride. Remy Lecluse, the Chamonix guide and extreme skier who has made over 500 steep descents including 50 first descents in the Alps, Atlas, Himalaya and the Andes.

Russell Brice, the massively experienced expedition leader who has arguably put more clients on the summit of Everest than any other; and Graham Bell, British downhill skier and presenter on BBC TV’s Ski Sunday. In addition, Cameron McNeish and Richard Else, responsible for the hugely successful Wilderness Walks series, preview a new BBC documentary to be broadcast this Christmas including video clips with ascents of Suilven, Foinaven and Ben Loyal.

Anyway, you get the idea. Lots to see and do. There's even an innovative  ‘schedule builder’ on the web site allowing you to plan your weekend and buy tickets online. Oh, and you could win a Berghaus Gore-Tex jacket by signing up to the festival newsletter.

Full details and lots more at

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