We'll be at Keswick Mountain Festival with our BMC Montane Mountain Skills tent

Posted by Emma Travers on 06/08/2021
The BMC Montane Mountain Skills Tent at Keswick in 2019. Photo: James Howgego

There will be a healthy dose of adventure at the legendary Keswick Mountain Festival coming to you 10th to 12th September. This unique event has got it all: beautiful views, family friendly activities, buckets of adventure and groovy tunes. Plus, it all takes place in the magical Lakeland landscape.

If you’re planning on coming, don’t forget to stop by our Mountain Skills tent! The BMC is once again teaming up with Montane to bring you a jam-packed schedule of awesomeness. Inside our tent, we’ll be running a Skills Camp all weekend, with mega movie sessions, talks, quizzes, free drinks for current members and free gifts for anyone who joins us as a new BMC member.

Mountain Training will also be on hand to talk about their exceptional award schemes and training courses, as well as giving you some top tips to take on your adventures.

Big thanks to our recommended clothing and pack partner Montane, plus Mountain Training for helping us create this event.

BMC Members get festival discounts

BMC members get 10% off all sport entries and weekend tickets. Email emma@thebmc.co.uk with your membership number or DM us on our social channels for the code!

 

Top BMC Highlights

BMC & Montane Skills Camp

We’re running a number of free mountain skills sessions covering everything from Emergency Scenarios, to First Aid including medical kits, and of course, Navigation in partnership with Mountain Training. We’ve even got a Canines in the fells workshops for pet owners to equip you with the right skills to respond to any pet first aid emergencies on the fells.

Montane & Special Guests

Join Montane and their special guests and hear from Franco Cookson talking about his new BritRock film project with a few sneak peek clips, take a retrospective look at some of biggest climbs undertaken by exploratory alpinist legend Malcolm Bass who suffered a debilitating stroke last year, with his climbing partner Simon Yearsley and listen to Montane Ambassador Emily Law exploring her relationship with her limit in her talk ‘fear of falling’

BMC & Montane Mountain Pub Quiz

Record-breaking mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE will be on hand to talk high altitude adventures, and you’ll also find The Pinnacle Club sharing their rich history of women’s mountaineering, delving into their oral archives and bringing you the adventures and voices from climbing days of the past. Take part and test your knowledge during our mountainous pub quiz on Saturday afternoon with epic prizes from Montane. 

Full Festival Schedule

Read the full schedule below to make sure you don't miss anything and remember to bring along your membership card (and ID!) to claim your free tipples at the BMC & Montane Mountain Pub Quiz; the drinks will be on us.

Friday

12:30 Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Navigation is the key to adventure. If you can navigate well, you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill with some very simple principles, and this practical session is the perfect introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Provided by Mountain Training.

13:30 BMC TV Mountain Film Session

Enjoy a selection of the latest and biggest BMC TV films. Provided by BMC TV

14:30 Mountain Skills Session: Emergency Scenarios

You’re enjoying an adventure in the mountains when the unexpected happens. What should you do? Learn how to stay safe in the mountains by preparing for all kinds of emergency scenarios, from flooded rivers to how to call for help, during this fun yet informative session. Provided by Mountain Training.

15.30 Tales from Alan Hinkes OBE: 8000m and Lake District bumbles

Alan Hinkes OBE is the first Briton to climb the world's highest mountains, all 14 of the 8000m world peaks. Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon.  He’ll be sharing tales and photos of his high peak endeavors.

16:30 Mountain Beer Tasting Session with Timothy Taylor's

Sample a selection of beers during this tutored tasting session with Andy Leman, Head Brewer at Timothy Taylor’s. Come along to find out about what goes into making that unique Taylor’s taste. Provided by Timothy Taylor's.

Sign up in advance via Eventbrite for the free taster session. Please bring ID with you (18+ only).

Saturday

09:30 Mountain Skills Session: Emergency Scenarios

You’re enjoying an adventure in the mountains when the unexpected happens. What should you do? Learn how to stay safe in the mountains by preparing for all kinds of emergency scenarios, from flooded rivers to how to call for help, during this fun yet informative session. Provided by Mountain Training.

10.30-11.30 The Pinnacle Club: 100 years of women climbers

Since 1921, The Pinnacle Club - the UK’s only national rock-climbing club for women - has had a valuable involvement in women’s climbing and mountaineering. In its centenary year, long-standing Pinnacle Club members Kate Webb and Stella Adams will be sharing its documented rich history through oral anecdotes from members, images, and films.

11.30-12.30  Franco Cookson: Bold climbs and undiscovered lines

Join Franco as he shares the story of trying to establish one of the world's boldest rock climbs, in his homeland of the North York Moors. Get a glimpse of how his unique approach to the world of climbing has allowed him to explore landscapes and rockfaces in new ways, producing difficult new rock climbs in venues previously written off by the climbing community. In this session, Franco introduces his meticulous approach to working dangerous routes and explains how this has allowed him to push the envelope on danger in the UK. Provided by Montane

12.30 -13.30  Niall Grimes: Mountain Session

13.30 – 14.30 Move Mountains for Malcolm with Guy Buckingham

Old friend of the BMC/Montane Skills Tent Guy Buckingham tells the story of his good friend, climbing partner, and world-class British Mountaineer Malcolm Bass, who recently suffered a devastating stroke. Even as someone who’s pushed himself to the limits of his courage and endurance on technically hard, new routes on high altitude peaks, he’s now facing the toughest challenge of his life. Provided by Montane

14.30 Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Navigation is the key to adventure. If you can navigate well, you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill with some very simple principles, and this practical session is the perfect introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Provided by Mountain Training.

15.30 – 16.30 BMC & Montane Mountain Pub Quiz + free beer

Back again for 2021. Join us for an hour of beer and banter as the BMC & Montane skills camp transforms into your local pub. With free beer up for grabs and some marvellous Montane goodies to be given away, don’t miss this chance to test your mountain knowledge. (Free beer for BMC members aged 18+ only)

Sunday

09:30 Mountain Skills Session: Emergency Scenarios

You’re enjoying an adventure in the mountains when the unexpected happens. What should you do? Learn how to stay safe in the mountains by preparing for all kinds of emergency scenarios, from flooded rivers to how to call for help, during this fun yet informative session. Provided by Mountain Training.

10.30 Moors for the Future and The Climate Project

Is Sphagnum the most important plant on earth? Find out about how the plant powerhouse, found locally on our moors, is helping to combat the Climate Crisis. Accompanied by the BMC’s short Climate Project films, Moors For The Future Officer Tia Crouch teaches us about how they’re transforming the moors to fight the climate emergency. Provided by Moors For The Future

11.30 Mountain Skills Session: Navigation

Navigation is the key to adventure. If you can navigate well, you can enjoy a good walk anywhere! It’s a fun skill with some very simple principles, and this practical session is the perfect introduction. Suitable for beginners or improvers. Provided by Mountain Training.

12.30 Fear of Falling with Emily Law

Emily tells us of her ongoing relationship with fear and how it affects her climbing.  She talks of her journey dealing with fear of falling, the realisation it is ultimately a fear of failure, and how improving this relationship has positively affected how she enjoys, respects, and moves through the outdoors. 

Provided by Montane

13:30 Canine First Aid in the fells

Talk and interactive workshops for pet owners. Do you have the knowledge and skills to respond to First Aid emergencies on the fells, ensure you have the correct equipment and consider your pet’s fitness, breed type and ability when planning your routes. Get some training tips as well! All dogs welcome! Provided by Oak Tree Animals’ Charity

14.30 Julie Carter – Myths and Misconceptions in Mountain Sport - how ordinary people do wonderful things

Julie Carter, fell runner, mind coach and writer, will be giving a talk on the myths and misconceptions about how to achieve your goals in sport. She will be talking about he extended Bob Graham round of 55 summits at age 55, her achievement of the Lakeland Classic Rock Round and giving a special screening of her short film ‘I Am a Fellrunner’

15:30 BMC TV Women in Adventure Film Session

With a tiny one fifth of the films screened at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) 2014 featuring female protagonists and a strong desire to see more adventurous women on the big screen, the BMC TV Women in Adventure film competition was born. Check out the highlights from the last seven years and get inspired for your next adventure! Provided by BMC TV

What else is on at Keswick Mountain Festival

Not to be missed are the Theatre by the Lake speaker sessions. Highlights include author and TV presenter Cameron McNeish, ultra runner Sabrina Verjee, film maker Terry Abraham and adventure film maker and photographer Frit Sarita Tam. 
 
 

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Plus each evening there will be live music on the mountain stage. Check out the line up of bands set to play
 
 

We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

Did you know that we've launched a U27 membership offer for just £1.50 / month? And with full membership from £2.50 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/join-the-bmc-for-1-month-U27-membership


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