More Kendal Festival info with a quick look at the Marmot presented Slackers Guide to Climbing event.
If you've already checked out our Bumper Preview of the 2010 Kendal Mountain Festival, you'll have noticed a reference to The Slackers Guide to Climbing presented by Marmot and here's some more beta for you...
Taking place on the Saturday night, the event's set to be a Late Night Live-stylee occasion featuring top Marmot-sponsored climbers Lucy Creamer – her as shins up buildings on telly – and Steve McClure anchored to a handy sofa and quizzed by John Horscroft.
Lucy has been one of the leading lights of British women's climbing for more than a decade now, 'Mighty Aphrodite' in Colorado is still rated one of the hardest mixed climbs ever put up by a woman, she's headpointed E8 – for non-climbers, that's ridiculously hard – and has a 7c+ boulder problem to her name. Again, very, very hard.
Recently she's gained wider renown with her appearances in Climbing Great Buildings where she assists Dr Jonathan Foyle, erm, climbing historic buildings like St Paul's cathedral.
Steve McClure is another top British climber. He repeated Dave McCloud’s Rhapsody, climbed Elder Statesman, one of Curbar’s last great problems. The speed with which he dispatches hard routes is the stuff of legend. Recently Adam Ondra, the top Czeck climber, flew all the way to the UK simply to tackle Dave's routes at Kilnsey and Malham, which is a bit of an accolade.
So what makes them tick? What makes them different? That's the question that John Horscroft will be asking as he – apparently – drills deep into their minds.
Oh, one last thing, everyone attending the Slacker's Guide to Climbing will receive a free Marmot goodie bag, it says here.
The event takes place at the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre at 7pm on Friday 19 November in the main theatre. You can alreay buy tickets on line at www.mountainfest.co.uk/programme-detail.cfm?programme=7.