The Kendal Mountain Festival is one of the most important dates in the calendar. However, this year the festival went on a little longer, and spread a little further….
The market town of Kendal sits to the south of Britain’s Lake District. For the past 18 years it has held one of the most highly regarded festivals for outdoor enthusiasts. Each November the town is descended upon by hikers, skiiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, climbers, boulderers, kayakers and cold water surfers. For those that thrive in the outdoors, who have a hell-bent pursuit for wilderness, or are just fascinated with exploration, the Kendal Mountain Festival is where we all come together.
The International Film Competition that takes place here has been regarded as ‘the Oscars of outdoor film making’. World premieres of documentaries and films are held back for this very festival, instilling the importance of this four-day event.
But things have been shaken up a bit this year. Following last year’s festivals, a UK tour began across 20 cities. Each stop on the tour brings award-winning adventure films as well as speakers such as Jenny Graham the Scottish endurance cyclist, mountaineer Uisdean Hawthorn, and Kenton Cool who has climbed Everest a record breaking 13 times.
Endurance is something we are fixated with here at FLŌA. Whether heading deep into the backcountry to ski, or pushing forward to ascend new peaks, that need for warmth and chafe-free comfort is paramount.
We joined the tour at Whitechapel in London recently to hear Charlie Dark of Run Dem Crew talk about his running club of over 500 who live for sharing ideas and exploring new cities. We also heard from British fell and trail runner Holly Page who was Sky Classic World Champion. She's an incredibly determined and tough woman in sport, and someone plan to keep a watchful eye on going forward.
After watching Chasing The Frog, Hood To Trail and the outstanding Underdog, we were itching to get out of London and into the hills.
As The Kendal Mountain Tour draws to a close, ending back on home soil on the 6thJune, the future of the tour looks promising. We will certainly be back in attendance at the Mountain Festival this November to see the latest documentaries, films and guest speakers.
Kendal Mountain Festival takes place 14th-17thNovember and is a must visit event for anyone dedicated to the outdoors.
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