Meet Mary-Ann Ochota the BMC’s newest ambassador at Keswick Mountain Festival

Posted by Peter Burnside on 17/05/2016
Mary-Ann gets taken scrambling on Tryfan with the BMC. Photo: Alex Messenger

Globe-trotting archaeologist turned adventurer Mary-Ann Ochota is our newest BMC ambassador and the second to focus on hill walking. She'll be representing all things BMC at the Keswick Mountain Festival; come join her in our tipi.

The BMC, Lowe Alpine tipi at Keswick Mountain Festival

This year, Mary-Ann wil be joining the BMC in our tipi at the Keswick Mountain Festival. She'll be hosting a number of skill sessions alongside a Mountain Training pro, bringing you essential tips on navigation and gear that you might need in the hills.

Then on Sunday afternoon, take an adventure with Mary-Ann and the Meek family on a boat journey over Derwentwater and a walk up the family-friendly Catbells. So we can arrange packed lunches and boat places, please use our online booking system to book on to the walk here.

For the full schedule and all the info, read our article: Visit the BMC and Lowe Alpine Mountain tipi at Keswick Mountain Festival

WATCH: Mary-Ann Ochota in Great Walks: Catbells on BMC TV

It’s fair to say Mary-Ann Ochota has a diverse CV. Among other things, she has studied at Cambridge, been quizzed on University Challenge, been a model for Special K, presented Time Team, investigated Thailand’s kickboxing kids for Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’, and travelled the world from the Chernobyl exclusion zone to the Australian Outback.

She’s also a keen outdoor enthusiast who has walked and bivvied across Britain, often accompanied by her loping pet Labrador. Last year she presented the five-part ‘Great Walks’ series on BMC TV, a spectacular short film series made in association with Marmot documenting five of the finest hill walks in the Lake District.

Mary-Ann becomes the second BMC ambassador with a particular focus on hill walking, alongside renowned wilderness walker Chris Townsend. She aims to help the BMC reach more young people and women with a message about the power of getting outdoors.  

“It’s fantastic that the BMC are reaching out to the huge community of people who love walking in our hills and high places. The mountains are for everyone, and I’m honoured to be asked to do my bit to get that message out there.” 

WATCH: Scafell Pike and all of the Great Walks videos on BMC TV


MEET: Our Ambassador Team

We have six inspirational BMC ambassadors: Shauna Coxsey, Hazel Findlay, Steve McClure, James McHaffie, Chris Townsend and Mary-Ann Ochota.

WATCH: The BMC Ambassadors series trailer on BMC TV

WATCH: Your backstage pass to Shauna's Bouldering World Championships 2014 experience in Munich on BMC TV

WATCH: BMC Ambassador Hazel Findlay on BMC TV

WATCH: An interview with Steve McClure on BMC TV

WATCH: BMC ambassador James McHaffie taking a fall from the Headwall Pitch of Salathé Wall on BMC TV

WATCH: Chris Townsend backpacking in the Lake District on BMC TV

WATCH: Mary-Ann Ochota in Great Walks: Catbells on BMC TV


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