Meet the Women in Adventure at Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

Last year’s sell-out event is back with a brilliant line-up of women whose stories are sure to inspire your own…

It’s that time of year again when we usually pack our bags and head to Kendal Mountain Festival for a few days of adventure filled fun, but for the first time ever (thanks, 2020) the festival has moved fully online. Don’t worry though – there’s an even bigger jam-packed line up of exciting and inspirational stories for you to get stuck into, starting on the 19th November.

One session to be sure you look out for is Women in Adventure, where incredible women in the adventure community tell their stories about how the outdoors has impacted their lives. You can binge this two-hour special at 8pm on Sunday 22nd November. Scroll on to find out more about our amazing line up of inspiring women for this year’s event.


Rhiane Fatinikun

Rhiane’s passion for the outdoors inspired her to set up the group Black Girls Hike, which is all about creating a community, removing barriers, challenging stereotypes, and reinforcing the message that the outdoors is for everyone – something that we couldn’t agree with more! Rhiane’s been doing amazing work to increase diversity in the outdoors, and in doing so has racked up an impressive list of awards and features. She’s been shortlisted for Boots UK’s ‘Women of the Year’ and has appeared in Women’s Health, The Great Outdoors Magazine and tons more to spread her message – we couldn’t be more excited to have Rhiane co-hosting this amazing event!

Emily Davis

Joining Rhiane in hosting is Emily, who is also the curator of the session. Emily studied Adventure Tourism in the Scottish Highlands and is a keen advocate for women in the outdoors – her commitment to equality for women even took her to the Scottish Parliament! She now spends her time out and about, walking and swimming in the Lake District – we couldn’t think of a better way to spend our spare time!


Vedangi Kulkarni

In 2018, Vedangi became the youngest woman to cycle the globe at the age of 20 by covering a mighty 29,000km in 159 days! The journey involved some close encounters, including being chased by a grizzly bear in Canada and being robbed at knifepoint in Spain, so we’re very glad Vedangi’s here to tell the tale! If that wasn’t enough, she’s also set up a business to make adventures more accessible by helping others plan their adventures and expeditions – a true inspiration.

Nikki Smith

If you have a question about climbing, Nikki’s the person to answer it! She’s an American climber, award-winning photographer, and author with a long list of achievements behind her name, including more than 150 first ascents, five climbing guidebooks and many feature articles. Nikki is also an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and focuses on trying to build a more inclusive, diverse, and safe community within climbing and the outdoors. Her story is an amazing one, and we can’t wait to hear more about it!

Rachel Sarah

You’ll find Rachel snapping photos and filming videos in the mountains and forests of the UK or writing and editing away on projects when she’s not out and about.  She openly shares her experiences of working in the world of adventure film as a young female on social media, and her talk is a must-listen for anyone interested in adventure film or female representation in the industry – we’ll be taking notes for sure.

Frit Sarita Tam

An adventure filmmaker and photographer, Frit’s happiest when she has a camera in-hand, shooting underrepresented adventure stories for her film studio Passionfruit Pictures. When she’s not busy working, Frit enjoys exploring the outdoors by climbing, hiking, skiing, cycling, paddle boarding and wild swimming! We love how Frit combines her passion for photography and filmmaking with her enthusiasm for the outdoors – make sure you catch this year’s session to find out more about how it!

Julie Carter

For fellow northerner Julie, fell running is more than a sport – it’s part of her identity. With many strings to her bow she’s a Doctor, psychologist, veteran British and English Fellrunning champion, and a poetic writer. We don’t know how she finds the time to fit it all in, but we’re very happy that she does! Her poem ‘I am a Fellrunner’ is all about how one woman is defined in the place where she belongs – it’ll definitely inspire you to get out there.

Jessie Leong

Jessie’s work as a photographer, writer, and filmmaker takes her exploring some of the world’s most rugged crags and mountains. Like all of our favourite stories, she gets inspiration from the outdoors and focuses on telling the stories of extraordinary people drawn to adventure. One such story is captured in the film she made with Julie Carter about the poem ‘I am a Fellrunner’. But no need to go on the hunt to find this, it’ll be played live during the session.

Kumbi Kariwo

Just like us, Kumbi loves doing all things outdoors from climbing and hiking, to swimming and camping. She’s a curious, mischievous, fair weather, and fun-loving adventure woman born in Zimbabwe and now a self-confessed Brummie after coming to the UK twenty years ago, where she now works for the NHS. We’re super grateful for the work Kumbi does off the mountain, and excited for her to share her adventures on the mountain.

Like the sound of this? You can get tickets for Women in Adventure here.

If you want to see more, check out the inspirational stories from last year on our YouTube channel. Or get a taste of what to expect listening to the amazing Ice Maidens retelling their epic 2018 trip across the Antarctic below….