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Keswick Mountain Festival promises star-studded line-up

Posted 9 January 2013
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Keswick Mountain Festival promises star-studded line-up
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Some of the most famous mountaineers in Britain are set to appear at this year's Keswick Mountain Festival, which takes place from May 15th to 19th.

Among these are Sir Chris Bonington, who lives on the other side of Skiddaw, as well as a man whose most famous adventure with a climbing rope involved cutting one - Simon Yates.

He was forced to sever the rope attatching him to broken leg victim Joe Simpson while climbing in the Andes in 1985, causing Simpson to fall to his apparent death in the crevasse the pair were sliding towards.

Instead, Simpson managed to climb out and crawl to safety across a glacier, an adventure described in the book Touching the Void.

Speakers also include Alan Hinkes, the only Briton to climb all 14 mountains over 8,000 m in altitude.

He will also be speaking about the Wainwrights as he combines his love of the loftiest peaks on the planet with summits and cliffs nearer home.

Hinkes has stated he believes the Lake District offers the best climbing he has ever encountered - although Scotland is better in winter conditions.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801519680-ADNFCR