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Columbia Basecamp stage

We are excited to announce the programme for the Columbia basecamp stage!

Come along to the Shackleton tent outside the Brewery Arts centre to enjoy 3 days of FREE talks by local adventurers and outdoor experts, covering a wide variety of subjects from winter walking to adventures with kids, from the Snowdonia way to horse packing around the Lake District!

Get inspired + pick up some new tips or ideas for your next adventure…


Wear Columbia kit to grab a FREE drink at the Columbia Bar,

Check out the winners of the National Parks photo competition,

And there may also be some FREE kit to get your hands on too!

The Columbia Basecamp stage - Timetable


11.00 – 11.30 = David Wood & Scrambling in Morocco

12.00 – 12.30 = Angus Winchester & Dry stone walls in the Lake District

13.00 – 13.30 = BMG Chris Ensoll & Winter walking

14.00 – 14.30 = Alex Kendall & the Snowdonia Way

15.00 – 15.30 = Becki and Dan from Into the Outside & “Most choose to exist, the rest decide to LIVE”

16.00 – 16.30 = Steve Watts & the Everest Marathon


09.45 – 10.15 = Joe Williams & Fastpacking

10.30 – 10.45 = Huw James & Science of adventure

11.00 – 11.30 = National Park Volunteer Awards + Film Active Presentation

12:30 – 12:45 = Huw James & Science of adventure

13.00 – 13.30 = BMG Andrew Owen & Back country skiing

13.45 – 14.15 = Kingsley Jones & “A Year On The Run”

14.30 – 14.45 = Huw James & Science of adventure

15.00 – 15.30 = Gilly McArthur and Sarah Gerrish & Women in Adventure

15.45 – 16.00 = Huw James & Science of adventure

16.15 – 16.45 = Dan Duxbury & the Frog Graham

17.00– 17.30 = Suzanna Swims & Open water swimming


10.00 – 10.15 = Huw James & Science of adventure

10.30 – 11.00 = Eoin Keith & Trail running adventures

11.30 – 12.00 = Lisa Watson and Libby Jones & their continuous Munro round

12:15 – 12:30 = Huw James & Science of adventure

13.00 – 13.30 = Clare Dyson & Horse Packing in the Lake District (plus horse!)

14.00 – 14.30 = Ro and Gareth Thomas (plus family) & Adventures with kids

14.45 – 15.00 = Huw James & Science of adventure

15.15– 15.30 = Great Divide & Pauline Sanderson 

Our Presenters:

Mark Chase

Mark is an adventure, travel and lifestyle photographer/athlete based in the UK. Former 'Director of Toughness’, Mark has travelled the world testing gear for Columbia Sportswear in some of the most extreme environments on the planet. In April 2018, on his return from the US, he took on the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales as he ran from Ben Nevis to Snowdon via Scafell Pike, setting the fastest known time for the National Three Peaks entirely on foot in the process.

Becki Vale

Becki runs INTO THE OUTSIDE Adventure Activity Company with her partner Dan in the Lake District and overseas as well as working with the RNIB to empower visually impaired young people to tackle challenges in the great outdoors. Living in Kendal she's a regular at the Mountain Festival and is thrilled to be meeting the inspirational speakers on the Columbia stage. Keen mountaineer, snowboarder, biker, swimmer and even amateur blacksmith, Becki lives and breaths adventure in the Lakes!

Our Speakers: 

David Wood & Scrambling in Morocco

David is a keen rock climber, walker and photographer and has travelled widely in pursuit of his interests.Following retirement he has spent the last three years exploring the undeveloped potential of southern Morocco in order to produce the forthcoming Cicerone guidebook ‘Walks and Scrambles in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas’.David will spend a short time introducing the project and potential for scrambling in the region, then depending on interest he will either describe the area in more detail or open up an informal exchange around the logistics of exploring an unknown area from scratch.

Angus Winchester & Dry stone walls in the Lake District

Dry stone walls are synonymous with the Lake District and other upland areas of Britain. They bound the valley-bottom fields and the intakes behind the farms and march up the fellsides, straight as a die. As part of the working farm landscape, walls can be 'read' as historical evidence for past farming practice. How old are these walls? Who built them and why? Do early walls differ from those built more recently? They offer plenty of questions to be explored. Angus Winchester is Emeritus Professor of History at Lancaster University and author of Dry Stone Walls: history and heritage, published by Amberley in 2016.

BMG Chris Ensoll & Winter walking

A little about Chris: lover of mountains for forty years, facilitator of adventures in beautiful places, builder of relationships with clients, assessor and manager of risk in hazardous terrain, provider of NGBs: MLA, SPA, CWA, LLA, technical Adviser for rock climbing and mountaineering, trainer and mentor of instructors, and an International Mountain Guide & member of IFMGA since April 1997. Chris will be talking about how to stay safe in the winter mountain environment:avalanche awareness & info, weather information, and equipment & clothing - what to take and what not to take.

Alex Kendall & the Snowdonia Way

Noticing that there were no long-distance trails in Snowdonia, Alex created The Snowdonia Way over 2 years, giving walkers a route that goes right through the heart of the National Park. Published in 2017 by Cicerone, the guidebook had already led thousands of walkers along the 97-mile Way. Alex will be talking about how the route was created, what the challenges are in writing a guidebook to something no-one has done before, and sharing some stories from the trail.

Dan & Becki from Into the Outside‘Most choose to exist, the rest decide to live’

When life is hectic and free time is fleeting it's all too easy to be overwhelmed by the idea of organising an adventure. Dan and Becki from INTO THE OUTSIDE want to empower those craving adventure but aren't sure where to start. With a shared passion for the outdoors they have packed a treasure trove of travels into their time when not running the business, the dearest of which have taken place right here in the Lake District. Tips and tricks for getting your adventure fix whilst managing a busy schedule is what they do best! Inject adventures into your everyday life no matter how big or small!

Steve Watts & the Everest Marathon

A Lifetime Dream became a Reality when younger brother Peter gave Steve the present of a Lifetime to follow in the footsteps of Hillary & Tenzing. The journey to Basecamp & Beyond was a Rollercoaster Ride of Emotion.After witnessing Everest’s worst Avalanche unfold killing sixteen Sherpa on the 18th April 2018 he made a vow to return & Run the Everest Marathon raising funds for the Families of Sherpas who so sadly lost their lives on that fateful day.

Joe Williams & Fast Packing

Fastpacking is the hybrid of running, hiking and backpacking. For regular trail, fell, or even road runners (and fit walkers), it’s an opportunity to forget PBs and race goals, allowing you to undertake an ultralight journey under your own steam. It’s an immersive escape from everyday-life. In this talk, Joe Williams tells us why all runners should think about trying a multi-day running adventure. He focuses on the supported style of fastpacking; running (and walking) in the Alps while staying in mountain huts and gites. Joe is a runner and all-round mountaineer from Kendal. He works for the guidebook publisher Cicerone Press.

Huw James & the Science of Adventure


Huw is an accomplished stage performer and has written and presented shows for over 200,000 people on six continents. Huw's work with online channels such as HuwTube, HeadSqueeze, Lonely Planet and VideoJug have seen his videos viewed by over 1 million people.His background in Astronomy and Geology has pushed him to explore the world on a variety of expeditions, all for science. As well as the above, Huw is a film-maker and photographer working on his own projects and commissions. Huw will be delivering the following sessions over the weekend:

UNLOCKING GEAR: Looking at different baffles and thermal technology using infrared cameras live on stage.

UNLOCKING WEATHER: Looking at how weather works in the outdoors.

UNLOCKING NUTRITION: Looking at the science of calories and how we fuel ourselves for the outdoors.

UNLOCKING THE SUN: Looking at sunshine and how sunglasses work by polarising light.


Last year we decided to support the National Parks Volunteer Awards which was presented by Steve Backshall and it was hugely successful. This year we are doing it again. Come and join us on Saturday 17th November at 11am to meet the winners.

BMG Andrew Owen & Back country skiing

Andy is a local boy and Kendal resident, born in Kendal and growing up in Arnside, taking his first mountain steps in the Lake District and first climbs down at Trowbarrow quarry. Now a qualified U.I.A.G.M. guide working in the Alps summer and winter he has over 30 years of experience of back country skiing and ski mountaineering as well as mountaineering in the greater ranges and big walling in the U.S. He is looking forward to sharing that experience and hopefully pointing a few folk in the right direction in getting up to speed on how to get started on skis in the mountains.

Kingsley Jones & “A Year On The Run”
It’s easy to run and trek 365 days a year in the Mont Blanc massif, isn’t it? Things didn’t always go to plan; he ran into a cow in a snowstorm, had a hiker fall on his head, a dog rescued by helicopter, and was knocked flat by a lady screaming “beer” sprinting down a hillside to a mountain hut. The talk takes a light-hearted look at how to plan for single and multi-day trail runs and treks in the Alps. Kingsley is a climber who quickly regressed from being a sponsored, to falling off mountains, then guiding trail running and trekking groups in the Alps for too many years, and running silly distances in them. Now he’s discovered the holy grail of sedentary mountaineering; writing guidebooks.

Gilly McArthur and Sarah Gerrish & Women in Adventure

Sarah is the founder of the Wonderful Wild Women Community. Through the group’s Instagram they seek to inspire by sharing the adventures of women all over the world & through the Facebook Page they organise local meets & events in the Lake District; and more recently around the UK, to allow like-minded women to come together and network. Gilly is one of the organisers of The Women's Trad Festival as well as an ambassador for WWW.

Dan Duxbury & the Frog Graham

Dan has been competing in fell races and mountain marathons in the Lakes for over 20 years. In 2014 he was one of the few people to successfully complete a continuous self propelled round of the 282 Scottish Munros in 42 days. He completed the Frog Graham swim/run challenge in a new fastest time this year and will talk about this experience and his preparations for it at Basecamp.

Suzanna Swims & open water swimming

When she first moved to Cumbria she climbed lots of hills but rarely swam in the lakes. It wasn’t till a friend showed her that lakes were for more than just dipping your toes in, and got her hooked on swimming wild. Since then she has swam all over Cumbria and combined her passion for the hills with her knowledge of the water to encourage others to take the plunge. She set up her swim guiding business in 2016 to lead guided swims and walks in the Lake District, and left her job in 2017 to run the business full time.

Eoin Keith & Trail running adventures

Originally from Cork, the Irish athlete competes both in Ireland and around the world in the sports of Ultra Running and Adventure Racing. His first ultra run was a ~50km race over the hills of Wicklow in Ireland back in the late 90s. Since then he has steadily pushed out the distances he runs. Eoin’s best race results include finishing 5th at the 24 hour world championships in Bergamo in 2009, finishing as 2nd place veteran in the 2013 UTMB and 2nd in the 6-day World Trophy race in Hungary in 2015. In 2016 Eoin won the Spine Race - one of the hardest Ultra races in Britain - in a new course record of 95 hours, knocking over 15 hours off the old record. Eoin also participates in multiple Adventure Races of many different lengths both on the domestic Irish scene and internationally.

Lisa Watson and Libby Jones & her continuous Munro round

Lisa and Libby are running buddies based in Sheffield. Last summer they set out on the biggest adventure they had dreamed up to date. Born out of a need to escape from everyday life for a few months, a love of the outdoors and hearing some inspirational speakers at Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival, Lisa and Libby planned to take on a continuous self-propelled round of the Munros (all the mountains over 3,000 feet in Scotland). Between July and September 2017, they summited all 282 mountains, cycled between them and threw in a little kayaking too. Climbing all Munros in just 77 days, the ladies achieved a new female record for a self-propelled continuous round. Over the course of the summer Lisa and Libby had walked/run over 1,000 miles, cycled 1,000 more, did two kayak legs, all whilst climbing over 149,000 metres – 17 times the height of Everest!

Clare Dyson & Horse back adventures in the Lake District 

Clare Dyson has dreamed of an adventure since she was a teenager. In May this year she made it a reality by riding solo around the Lake District. With just her fell pony and sheep dog she spent a month in the saddle travelling along bridleways and old pack horse routes and over mountains and passes, wild camping in remote valleys and discovering the kindness of local people.

Ro and Gareth Thomas (plus family) & Adventures with kids

A local family who love adventuring together from small scale local jaunts and sleeping out in the woods to a five month sabbatical in South East Asia. Through their work running Woodmatters they aim to inspire a deepening connection with Nature. This enables children and families to learn the skills to live wild in the woods cooking on fires and sleeping in their own shelters. When it comes to their own family adventures their ethos is to plan as little as possible and let the journey lead itself.

Pauline Sanderson & the Great Divide bike ride

This journey is about middle aged recreational bikers attempting a classic bike route called The Great Divide that goes from Banff in Canada to the Mexican border. The mountain bike route follows the line of the Continental divide as much as possible for over 2800 miles. Pauline along with her husband Phil and friends Jill Dawes and John Purcell set off from Kendal in August 2017. Two on mountain bikes and two on gravel bikes. The next seven weeks saw two different approaches to the same route and lots of laughs along the way not to mention fabulous people and scenery...did she mention washboard! 

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