Kendal Mountain FestivalKendal Mountain Festival is known for screening the cutting edge adventure films of the day; celluloid inspiration that is ramped up a notch year after year. But this year's highlight for me was something altogether more old fashioned; two blokes talking.
The Lowe Alpine Adventure session kicked off with Dan Milner telling the tale of a pioneering mountain bike expedition to the Wakhan Corridor. Dan is a well known snowsports photographer, but in his words, the work had become a little too dangerous, so he decided to head to Afghanistan to cycle where no bike wheels have rolled before.
Film screenshot from Mountain biking through Afghanistan's Wakhan CorridorAdd a comment
So Kendal's over for another year, and tired, aching, bodies have redistributed themselves around the country. It was a year of changes at the World's biggest mountain festival and the consensus over the weekend was 2014 was the best ever KMF. After three years of consecutive good weather the rain returned on the Friday night, making life interesting at the school field campsite, but graciously holding off through most of Saturday and Sunday. The Awards ceremony moved from Sunday to Saturday and both the Boardman Tasker and KMF People's Choice award had new names to add to their roll of winners. Kendal celebrated its international status with not one but two living legends flying in and under the guidance of Henry Iddon the cultural side of the festival took on a more prominent role. Yes there were a couple of minor issues over ticketing at one of the outer venues and some confusion over film categories but these really were minor blemishes.
Another year of packed theatres for Kendal Mountain FestivalAdd a comment
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