Come on down to Kendal Mountain Festival (19-22 November) for your annual dose of adrenaline packed films, top speakers and overall Kendal magic. Plus, don't miss the special BMC TV Breakfast Club with Niall Grimes to help you get through the morning after the RAB party!
Get your tickets now for the exciting mix of speakers, appealing to climbers, adventurers and armchair alpinists alike.
A new Alpine Session features a galaxy of stars from sponsors Black Diamond including Ines Papert, who barely needs introduction as one of the world’s top alpine climbers; Babsi Zangerl, the top female boulderer now applying her talents to mountain routes, and Korrado Pesce, Chamonix-based guide and alpine hotshot.
At the new Rock Session there won’t be an ice axe in sight: just rock. Limestone, grit, granite, gneiss, sandstone, gabbro and - yes - even vertical choss. Hosted by Rob Greenwood from UKClimbing, sponsor Petzl is bringing one of its most personable rock stars along, Swiss climber Nina Caprez, plus a man who needs little introduction: Neil Gresham, one of our best all-rounders, talks deep-water soloing, ice and steep rock.
Speaking of all-rounders, Dave MacLeod will be at the premiere of the latest Hotaches Productions film ‘Transition’, featuring Natalie Berry in her journey from indoor climbing to hard trad with Dave acting as mentor. Dave also updates the audience on his latest exploits on the Saturday morning, in a stand-alone lecture.
This year Chamonix celebrates the 150th anniversary of 1865, an eventful year when the Golden Age of mountaineering reached its climax. In partnership with the town of Chamonix, Kendal celebrates this anniversary with a special, one-off Chamonix 150th Anniversary Session presented by alpinist and UKClimbing editor Jack Geldard. The ever-expanding lineup features Patrick Gabarrou representing the 70s/80s generation, modern alpinist Jeff Mercier, filmmaker Dom Green on his Gary Hemming project, plus both Chris Bonington and Catherine Destivelle reminiscing on their experiences.
Scottish climber Robbie Phillips recently shot to prominence with a series of high-profile repeats in the Alps, completed an astonishing trilogy of alpine climbs in a single summer; Paciencia (8a), Silbergeier (8b+) in Switzerland and Project Fear (8c) in the Dolomites; Kendal Climbing Wall hosts a talk by one of the UK's top all-round climbers.
Plus there’s the well-known climber, writer and photographer David Pickford, editor-in-chief of Climb Magazine, with a special lecture in two parts showcasing his best climbing photography and readings from his recently published collection of short stories.
The festival keeps going strong right to the last, with two big Sunday afternoon lectures. First up is Andy Kirkpatrick, the ‘stand-up mountaineer’ famed as ‘Hull’s second-best climber’, talking about his exploits over the last couple of years.
Then Leo Houlding recounts his most recent project: the unclimbed Mirror Wall in Greenland on which, after 12 nights on portaledges, Leo and his team topped out on 30 July. Leo’s presentation at Kendal will be a unique opportunity to hear him speak about this latest adventure, featuring film excerpts and special guests.
Super-charge your Sunday
Last but by no means least, super-charge your Sunday at the brand new Breakfast Club: with Niall Grimes For one morning only, we’re letting Niall Grimes off the leash and setting him loose on all our latest BMC TV films, personalities and star ambassador climbers.
Join us at The Box at 10.30 on Sunday morning (ouch) when Niall Grimes – climber, storyteller and mischiefmaker – will host this one-off event for BMC TV. Revive yourself with free coffee and pastries – or a cheeky Bloody Mary if that’s your bag – then sit back and let Niall take you on a rocky ride through real British adventure.
Features exclusive films, behind-the-scenes footage and plenty of dark humour. Finishes with Operation Moffat, the brand-new BMC TV film about Gwen Moffat.
Book early. With only 120 seats, The Box is Kendal’s most exclusive venue: a brand-new performing arts facility
You’ll also get:
A chunky BMC TV goody bag
Special cocktails, served by top climber and mixologist Hazel Findlay
Free entry into a seriously good raffle
Where and when?
Sunday 22 November, 10:30 – 12:30
The Box, Kendal
Get your ticket now and we'll help you through your hangovers. BMC TV Breakfast Club is £5 to BMC members and £9.50 to non-members.
Book online now
About the BMC members’ discount
To get the special £5 BMC members-only price for BMC TV Breakfast Club, look out for your offer code, coming soon by email. Or, if you can’t wait then email your membership number to email@example.com and we'll hook you up.
For non-members, it’s £9.50. So stop hanging about and join today. At only £15.72 for the first year and with hundreds of retail discounts, you’ll soon be saving cash.
Join the chat
Bought a ticket? Let us know #BMCBreakfastClub
WATCH: The trailer for Operation Moffat on BMC TV:
JOIN THE BMC: Save 50% on your first year's membership
The BMC works for indoor climbers like you. Benefits include:
Access to BMC Travel Insurance
Register for Mountain Training award schemes
£10m worldwide Combined Liability insurance
£10,000 Personal Accident insurance
Discounted entry to many competitions
Find out more about BMC membership benefits
WATCH: Molly Thompson-Smith: Portrait of a Champion on BMC TV
Follow the BMC's competition climbing Twitter feed: @BMC_Comps
Find all upcoming competitions here.