First Aviemore Adventure Film Festival to be held 22-24 April

The Aviemore Adventure Film Festival is a weekend long festival which will be held for the first time from 22-24 April. With a line-up of events for the outdoor enthusiast & adventurers including talks from top climbers and mountaineers, mountain bikers, back country skiers and filmmakers, together with film screenings from outdoor athlete, the festival offers something for everyone, from armchair adventurers to weekend warriors.


The Festival will kick off on Friday 22nd April with the screening of the inspiring Scottish film “Transition” following young competition climber Natalie Berry as she starts off on her climbing career – transitioning from indoor to outside, from plastic to rock and ice. Following the film, world class climber Dave MacLeod will give a guest lecture entitled: “What Are You Afraid Of?” exploring the ideas that defined his progress to making first ascents of some of the world’s hardest rock and ice climbs and how he reflected from other climbers he’s coached and ideas from outside sport to improve his own performance.

The programme on Saturday & Sunday is packed with films & inspiring talks. On Saturday morning, there will be a screening of “Eiger Paraclimb: Defiance” following the team of three British paraclimbers as they aim to break down the stigmas & stereotypes regarding disability and climbing by tackling the mighty Eiger mountain in Switzerland. Saturday afternoon we have an inspiring talk from Luke Robertson- who in January 2015, became the first Scot and the youngest Brit to ski unsupported to the South Pole.

Saturday night is the highlight of the weekend with the screening of the epic movie “The Last Great Climb” following top British climber & adventurer Leo Houlding (and his trusted team) as they attempt to climb one of the last great unclimbed routes in Antartica: the Northeast ridge of Ulvetanna (2931m).

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Following the film, we will be welcoming Leo to the stage to talk about the film and his adventure / outdoor career so far. His lecture entitled: “Mirror Wall- Reflections” discusses his recent expedition to complete the first ascent of the 1200m Mirror Wall on a remote peak in north-east Greenland. This was Leo’s first expedition since becoming a father and it was his daughter’s second birthday while he was on one of the most difficult sections of the climb. It was also just over a year since the death of his long-time climbing partner and close friend, Sean ‘Stanley’ Leary, in a wingsuit flying accident. Leo will talk about the conflict between a life of extreme adventure, and the responsibilities and homely joys of fatherhood, set against an undying drive for the next great quest.

Sunday is another action packed day with film screenings in the morning of “The Flying Frenchies: Back to the Fjords”- (follow up to the original highly acclaimed “I believe I can fly: Flight of the Frenchies”) and “Shifting Ice & Changing Tides” (following six women as they set sail for Greenland in search of virgin piste to explore and ski). In the afternoon we will be showing the recently released local film “Cape Wrath” following mountain bikers Lee Craigie & Andy Toop as they make the journey up to the most remote piece of land on the UK mainland: Cape Wrath. Following the film Mountain Biker Lee Craigie (British Mountain Bike Champion in 2013) will be talking about how the secret to her sporting success lay in her love of exploring big mountains by bike – and this is still her driving passion.

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The festival is topped off on Sunday night with a program including the inspiring film “Nobody’s River” following four American kayakers as they hope to make the descent of one of the world’s longest & last free flowing rivers- the Amur river in Mongolia. The film will be followed by an inspiring talk from Kayaking Expeditioner Erin Bastian. Erin has been in love with the outdoors since an early age and has organised and led many kayaking expeditions all around the world, including: Paddling 800km down the West coast of Patagonia and Circumnavigating (paddling) both Corsica and Sardinia.

The festival is community run and not-for-profit, and proceeds from this year’s festival will be going to support the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.

Full details: www.aviemoreadventureff.org

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