For the last ten years one of the highlights of the annual Kendal Mountain Festival has been the release of a new Hot Aches film and as the prime Friday night slot arrived the 2015 offering Transition opened to a packed house. Transition tells the story of Natalie Berry and her transition from an exclusively indoor competition and sport climber into a genuine all-rounder embracing both trad and Scottish Winter. Under the guidance of Dave Macleod and Lucy Creamer her two year journey sees her go from never having climbed a trad route to E7 on the Cobbler and putting up a new VI,7 , Transition, with Dave at Beinn Udlaidh.
Natalie Berry on Beinn Udlaidh
I used to be a banker. I’m sorry about that but look at this way, a lot of people got a very good savings account with an extraordinary APR due to the PPI I sold. Anyway, whilst I was working for The Man I started to commute on two wheels. Early problems with carrying uniform were solved by leaving my suits and boots at the office. The only drawback was if I had to cover another branch I’d have to stuff my three piece, shirt and tie in a rucksack. If I’m honest I didn’t really care if they creased so that wasn’t a problem. My size 12.5 feet were though. Transporting my shoes was a nightmare and work shoes don’t work with SPDs. At The Cycle Show I chanced upon a commuting bag which just might have solved my problem. The Henty Tube.
So Kendal's over for another year but what a year 2015's been! When you've been making the pilgrimage to Cumbria for over a decade you're used to the incremental changes each year as the festival develops but 2015 has seen a transformation that's reached right across the breadth of the event. From the double winning Operation Moffat to the BMC Media event and from the Advertising Trailer to the new Advanced Basecamp there's been a changing of the guard as the festival targets a new generation.
The hub of the new Advanced Basecamp
I’ve always had a fascination about tents. From the outside they appear basic and simple. A few poles, material and lots of string. What more is there to know? When I was given a last minute opportunity to fly to the Cairngorm to get hands on with Fjallraven’s 2016 range, I jumped at the change. Literally!
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