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Adventurers prepare to descend on South Cumbria

Published on: Thursday 12th November 2015
Categorised under: Live, Play , Kendal, Relocation

South Cumbria is preparing to welcome thousands of adventure seekers to a world-respected festival of mountain culture.

Kendal Mountain Festival will begin in a week’s time, hosting some of the world’s most famous adventurers.

More than 13,000 people come to the festival each year for three days of lectures, literary awards, photography and screenings.

This year the festival is being headlined by American rock climber, Tommy Caldwell who, along with his companion Kevin Jorgeson, shot to worldwide fame in January for the first ever free-climb ascent of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

He is joined on the festival programme by Sean Conway (pictured), the first person to swim the length of Britain and whose Discovery TV series Running Britain hit the nation’s screens in June.

Other speakers will include British mountaineer Kenton Cool, who is the first person to climb the Everest three peaks - the Himalayan 8000m summits of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse - in one day. This was something that was previously thought to be impossible.

Choose South Cumbria will have a stand in the festival’s Basecamp Village located inside a huge marquee at the Brewery Arts Centre.

The village is crafted out of reclaimed wood and boasts a wide range of exhibitors.

Representatives from Choose South Cumbria will be on hand to help visitors who may be interested in relocating as well as promoting a competition to win a £500 with Lakelovers and a prize draw to win a bottle of Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur.

Luke Dicicco, of Choose South Cumbria, said: “Kendal Mountain Festival has grown in to a major international event drawing people from far and wide to enjoy a fantastic mix of film, lectures, art and much more.

"We’re delighted to be involved and hope to raise awareness of the fantastic careers and lifestyle opportunities on offer to those visitors drawn to South Cumbria for the event. They don’t have to limit themselves to a visit, they could enjoy what the area has to offer all the time.”

The festival runs from November 19-22 at seven venues in Kendal and features a total of 30 lectures and workshops.

A full programme of events and tickets can be found at www.mountainfest.co.uk

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