Free beer at the BMC and Montane Skills Camp at Keswick Mountain Festival

Posted by Peter Burnside on 24/05/2018
Alan Hinkes entrances the crowd in the BMC tipi. Photo: Alex Messenger
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Meet a medley of mountain-loving outdoor-adventure people again at the Keswick Mountain Festival. The BMC is back and we’ll be running skills workshops, films, talks, music and quizzes until the stars come out. What’s more, there’s free beer for BMC members.

We’re kicking off the summer festival season with a healthy dose of adventure at the legendary Keswick Mountain Festival, coming to you 8 to 10 June. 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 come say hi! This year, the BMC is teaming up with Montane to bring you a jam-packed schedule of awesomeness. We’re 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 awards 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.

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 and Dr Stuart Allan.

BMC TV Films

BMC Ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota will be showing her latest BMC TV film, Inaccessible. Watch Mary-Ann tackle the infamous Inaccessible Pinnacle, "where walking, climbing and mountaineering meet", on the Cuillin Ridge. After the film, join Mary-Ann for a talk and QnA to hear more about her Inaccessible Pinnacle adventure. 

Montane & Special Guests

Join Montane and Team GB's Marcus Scotney to hear all about ultra-running at the highest level. Despite only entering the world of ultra-distance running in 2008, Marcus' meteoric rise has seen him represent England and Great Britain numerous times across a range of disciplines. 

BMC & Montane Mountain Pub Quiz

Award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham and record-breaking mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE will be on hand to talk high altitude adventures and show footage from their latest films.  Stick around after for an hour of beer and banter, and test your knowledge during our mountainous pub quiz, with epic prizes from Montane. 

Meet BMC ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota at our Skills Camp

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 Any Fool can be Uncomfortable by Montane

For over 25 years the experts at British brand Montane have worked with some of the best athletes on the planet and supported expeditions to the earth’s most extreme environments.  In that time, they’ve learnt a thing or two about dynamic layering systems and staying comfortable in the mountains.  Let Montane’s design team show you how to tailor your own system to allow you keep going Further.Faster. in the mountains. Provided by Montane.

14:30 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 winning films from the last four years and get inspired for your next adventure. 

15:30 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.

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.

FREE. Sign up in advance via Eventbrite. Please bring ID with you (18+ only).

Saturday

09:30 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.

10:30 Mountain Skills Session: First Aid

What do you need to pack in your first aid kit? Join Dr Stuart Allan to find out what medical kit to take on any trip ranging from a Lakeland jaunt to a big wall in Yosemite.

11:30 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.

12:30 Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million 

Mend Our Mountains is the BMC’s favourite campaign success story. We’re in the process of raising £1 million for footpath repairs and upland conservation in all 15 of the UK’s National Parks, and we need your help to do it. Come along to hear from the organisers, get involved, and find out how you can win some great gear in aid of a good cause.

13:30 Ultra-Running at the Highest Level with Team GB’s Marcus Scotney 

Marcus is a man that knows a thing or two about running in the mountains and is one of the highest profile and recognisable ultra-trail runners in the UK, despite only entering the world of ultra-distance running in 2008. His meteoric rise has seen him represent England and Great Britain numerous times across a range of disciplines, as well as winning the inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra in Scotland followed by the epic Dragon’s Back race in Wales. Provided by Montane

14:30 BMC TV Mountain Film Session: Inaccessible

BMC Ambassador Mary-Ann Ochota will be showing her latest BMC TV film, Inaccessible. Watch Mary-Ann tackle the infamous Inaccessible Pinnacle, "where walking, climbing and mountaineering meet", on the Cuillin Ridge. After the film, join Mary-Ann for a talk and QnA to hear more about her Inaccessible Pinnacle adventure. 

15:30 Tales and Films from the Mountains with Alan Hinkes and Terry Abraham

Join Alan Hinkes (the only Briton to have climbed all fourteen 8000m peaks) and Terry Abraham (award winning outdoors filmmaker and photographer) for an hour of tall tales and fun films from the mountains. The duo will talk high altitude adventures and show footage from their latest films.  Followed by a QnA.

16:30 BMC & Montane Mountain Pub Quiz

Back again for 2018. 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 marvelous 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 Tales from the Cumbrian Coastline

Connect with the Cumbrian mountains from a different perspective, the coastline, as Natural England’s Ange Harker talks about the longest managed coastal footpath in the world. Hear how the path will help climbers, coasteerers and walkers, as well as the ways in which wildlife around the path has been protected. Provided by Natural England.

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 Packing for Success with Montane

British Brand Montane is the master of designing innovative and intuitive lightweight backpacks for fast-paced mountain users.  So, they know a thing or two about what it takes to pack for every type of activity from done in a day mountain assaults to country spanning multi week long distance trails.  Let Montane’s backpack expert take you through the best way to pack your own rucksack for all types of adventures in the mountains. Provided by Montane.

13:30 Free Beer with Live Music from Tamaris Higham

Kick back with a beer in the BMC & Montane skills camp and listen to a laid back acoustic set from Tamaris Higham. Both the tunes and the beer will be chilled and by the time you leave, you will be too! (Free beer for BMC members aged 18+ only)

14:30 Women in Adventure Session: Waymaking

Set to be released this October, Waymaking is an anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art. Hear readings from Waymaking contributors Polly Atkin (poet), Judith Brown (writer, climber and mountaineer) and Kathleen Jones (poet, biographer and novelist), before the trio move on to discuss their own adventures. Followed by a QnA. Provided by Vertebrate Publishing.

15:30 Mountain Skills Session: First Aid

What do you need to pack in your first aid kit? Join Dr Stuart Allan to find out what medical kit to take on any trip ranging from a Lakeland jaunt to a big wall in Yosemite.


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Found the First Aid Kit Session very useful, both for the UK and Overseas. Intended to attend the session again on the Sunday to take notes but the weather gods said no. Is there any chance the presentation powerpoint slides could be made available online as a pdf.

Thanks to all involved as the BMC tent proved a welcome shelter from the rain, beer and music much appreciated.
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