Kendal Mountain Festival 2017 – We’ll Bring the Dragons and Other Legends to Kendal

We are lining up a packed programme for this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival.

As well as presenting two major film premieres, we are giving festival goers the opportunity to experience night navigation with endurance running legends, meet other big names from the outdoor world and win an adventure of a lifetime in the Berghaus Hub (running from 16-19 November).

What we’re up to…

There’s plenty going on at all times at the Berghaus Hub – however here are a few call out times that shouldn’t be missed…

Friday 17th November

9am Hub opens
10:30am MTNHaus Kit Clinic
11:30am Rope Wizardry with Waldo
1:30pm Rope Wizardry with Waldo
2:30pm MTNHaus Kit Clinic
4pm Filming in Freezing conditions – with Adrian Samara from Coldhouse Collective
5pm ‘Berghaus Dragon’s Bace Race 2017’ film premiere (Brewery Arts Center Theatre)
6:30pm Night Navigation Course – signup complete
6:30pm Bonington | Mountaineer – My Life Story film premiere (Brewery Arts Center Theatre)

Saturday 18th November

9am Hub opens
10am MTHaus Kit Clinic
10:30am Steve Birkinshaw Mountain Navigation – Basecamp
11:30am – Steve Birkinshaw book signing
1pm Rope Wizardry with Waldo
3pm Rope Wizardry with Waldo
4pm Filming in Freezing conditions – with Adrian Samara from Coldhouse Collective
4:30pm Sir Chris Bonington book signing
6pm MTNHaus Kit clinic

Sunday 19th Novemeber

10am Hub opens
10:30am Rope Wizardry with Waldo
11am MTNHaus Kit clinic
12pm-12:50pm Sir Chris Bonington book signing
2pm MTNHaus Kit clinic

Film Premieres

On Friday 17 November, we will be hosting an evening of film premieres in the Brewery Arts Centre.

First up at 5:00pm will be the world premiere of The Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, which will tell the story of this year’s epic 300km race down the spine of Wales.

Broadcaster and writer Mary-Ann Ochota (who was part of the crew that made the documentary) will introduce the film and afterwards chair a question and answer session featuring some of the leading participants.

Next up, at 6:30pm, will be the UK premiere of Bonington: Mountaineer, a major new biopic of Sir Chris Bonington by renowned filmmakers Brian Hall and Keith Partridge.

The film looks back over Sir Chris’ long and illustrious career, from his rock climbing days in the UK through to visionary ascents on the high peaks of the Himalaya and more recent adventures, including his return to climb the Old Man of Hoy at the age of 80.

Along with archive material, the film includes candid conversation with Sir Chris and shares many aspects of the remarkable and poignant life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers.

Following the premiere, Sir Chris will join Keith Partridge on stage for a question and answer session chaired by author and journalist Ed Douglas. Everyone who attends the premiere will receive a special edition Bonington programme.

Night Navigation

Later the same night (Friday 17th), visitors can take part in a one-off night navigation course with Berghaus athlete Steve Birkinshaw and 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race stars Sabrina Verjee and Joe Faulkner.

Steve Birkinshaw won the race in 2012 and then went on to set a record for completing the Wainwrights in 2014. Sabrina Verjee finished second in the women’s race at the 2017 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race, while Joe Faulkner is the only person to have earned four coveted ‘Dragons’, having completed every race, including the first event in 1992.

Everyone who takes part in the night navigation will be given a free drink afterwards in Fell Bar Kendal and there will be opportunities to test out some of the new Berghaus products that will be in store in early 2018.

Stay tuned on Berghaus Facebook and Twitter for information on how to enter this event.

Berghaus Hub

Over the weekend of Kendal Mountain Festival, the Berghaus Hub in the festival’s Basecamp Village will bring to life different aspects of adventure, with workshops, question and answer sessions, and the chance for one person to win an expedition prize worth £2,500.

The workshops will be led by a variety of experts, from Berghaus product designers, to filmmakers, riggers / rope experts and expedition planners.

Visitors will be asked to take selfies, sharing their memories of previous adventures and their ambitions for the future. Sir Chris Bonington will choose one entry at random on Sunday 19 November, who will win an expedition to one of four iconic global locations.

Festival goers will also be encouraged to upload selfies to social media using #BerghausHub to be in with a chance of winning £500 worth of the latest Berghaus kit. Throughout the weekend, the Berghaus Hub will also host book signings and ‘meet and greets’ with the likes of Sir Chris Bonington, Steve Birkinshaw and others.