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Kendal set for Mountain Film Festival

Posted 18 November 2009
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Kendal set for Mountain Film Festival
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The Kendal Mountain Film Festival begins tomorrow (November 19th), featuring a wide number of productions on the themes of the mountains and rock climbing.

Held at the Brewery and Arts Centre in the town, the 50 flicks will include Carstenz - the Seventh Summit, which tracks the attempt by Pavol Barabas to ascend the Carstenz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, the highest peak in Australasia.

Another is Mount St Elias, which features the bid by three ski mountaineers to climb the peak and then manage the longest ski descent in the world.

Speakers at the event include rock climber Johnny Dawes and mountaineer Simon Yates, famous for his part in the Siula Grande expedition featured in Joe Simpson's book (and subsequent film) Touching the Void.

Those attending the festival may find it whets their appetite for adventure and prompts them to invest in some climbing gear.

Situated just outside the Lake District, Kendal is close to some of the sites where the sport of rock climbing first began in the UK.

Favourite challenges for those heading out with a climbing rope in the Lakes include Napes Needle, Pillar Rock and Broad Stand.

Posted by Elaine Arthur