Kendal Mountain Festival


  1. Thursday 20th November
  2. Friday 21st November
  3. Saturday 22nd November
  4. Sunday 23rd November

Upcoming Events

18.30 - 20.00 Thursday 20th

Opening Event

After the fantastic public opening event over the last two years, we are holding much the same this year! And we've ordered a fine evening as well!

20.00 - 22.30 Thursday 20th
10.00 - 12.00 Friday 21st

KMF for Schools

Our hugely popular event for school pupils, and not just because they miss morning school!!

11.00 - 12.00 Friday 21st
11.00 - 12.30 Friday 21st

‘Authenticity in Adventure Film’

Authenticity and adventure film, 'reel and real' TV

13.00 - 14.30 Friday 21st

UK Film Première - ‘Déjame Vivir’ - The second film in Kilian Jornet’s ‘Summits Of My Life’ project,

A UK première of this long awaited film by Kilian Jornet and directed by Sébastien Montaz-Rosset

13.30 - 17.30 Friday 21st

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature

The Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature is the premier mountain literature award worldwide and commemorates the lives of Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker who were lost on the North East Ridge of Everest in 1982. It is awarded to the author of an original...

16.30 - 19.00 Friday 21st

The Planet Fear Endurance Session 2014 feat. Steve Birkinshaw

This year's Planet Fear Endurance session is packed with content and surprise guests.

17.00 - 18.30 Friday 21st

World Film Première - ‘Standing On The Shoulders of Giants - 100 Years of Central Buttress’.

The story of one of our greatest early rock climbers is told through a dramatised factual documentary.

19.00 - 20.30 Friday 21st

John Porter - ‘One Day As A Tiger’

As part of the literature programme one of the Kendal Mountain Festival founders and former director, John Porter, will be talking about his new book 'One Day as a Tiger' .

19.30 - 21.00 Friday 21st

Hotaches World Film Première - ‘Rise and Fall’ feat. James Pearson

'Redemption: The James Pearson Story' tells the controversial story of one of the world’s best rock climbers.

19.30 - 21.30 Friday 21st

Arc’teryx Session feat. Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, Jen Randall & Thibaud Duchosal

Arc’teryx presents an evening of alpine, rock climbing and back country skiing.

20.00 - 22.30 Friday 21st

Santa Cruz Bike Session

A fantastic night of bikes, bikes and more bikes!

09.00 - 10.30 Saturday 22nd

Jonathan Westaway - That Undisclosed World: Eric Shipton and the Imperial Security State

'Mountains of Tartary' (1950) recounts Eric Shipton’s mountaineering exploits and travels in Xinjiang during his two postings as British Consul-General in Kashgar in the 1940s.

09.00 - 10.30 Saturday 22nd

Film ‘Project Wild Thing’ with David Bond

'Project Wild Thing' is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature.

09.30 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Creative Writing with Phoebe Smith

Come and learn the nuts and bolts of writing an article that people want to read.....

10.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Berghaus Session feat. Steve Birkinshaw, Leo Houlding & Sir Chris Bonington

Berghaus celebrates the extremes of human endeavour with two unmissable lectures.

10.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

KEEN Wild Water Session feat. Steve Fisher

The Wild Water Session features an exclusive mix of the best paddlesport action, with kayak legend Steve Fisher joining us this year.

10.30 - 12.00 Saturday 22nd

Martin Boysen

Martin’s passion for crags and mountains springs from his deep love of nature and a strong sense of adventure.

11.00 - 12.30 Saturday 22nd

Ian Hill & Julian Hoffman - The Wild and Layered Land: the mountains of Cumbria and northern Greece

Ian Hill's evocative writing explores the Cumbrian uplands through landscape and memory while Julian Hoffman's award-winning book, The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World, traces the human and natural history of the highlands of northern Greece.

11.00 - 13.00 Saturday 22nd

Family Friendly Films

Films that have been chosen for their content and language, and that are deemed suitable for the younger audience.

13.00 - 14.00 Saturday 22nd

Mountain Heritage Trust Showcase

Welcome to MHT’s 'Show us your nuts'!

13.00 - 14.30 Saturday 22nd

Christophe Profit

Uber-alpinist Christophe Profit ripped up the mountaineering rule book in the 1980s with a string of ultra-fast ascents and ‘enchainments’.

13.00 - 14.30 Saturday 22nd

Lowe Alpine Adventure Exploration Session

With Alastair Humphreys, nominated for National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2012, and pioneering 'micro-adventurer'

14.30 - 16.00 Saturday 22nd

‘Mount London’

The essays and stories in 'Mount London' unpeel London’s history and geography, reimagining the city as mountainous terrain and exploring what it’s like to move through the urban landscape.

16.30 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd

Channel 4 Short Film Showcase

A showcase of the short films entered into this years Channel 4 shorts competition.

17.00 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd

Mountain Hardwear presents Ueli Steck

“The Swiss machine” Ueli Steck comes to Kendal fresh from his latest exploits.

17.00 - 18.30 Saturday 22nd
18.00 - 19.30 Saturday 22nd

Marmot Night feat. Steve McClure

Born in the North East, Steve McClure is one of the UK's highest profile and most influential rock climbers. Steve’s reputation has been well earned over the last decade through his constant pushing of standards and ground-breaking ascents.

19.30 - 22.00 Saturday 22nd

Julbo Snowsports Session feat. Samuel Anthamatten

Our classic snowsports session - always a big hit! Brought to you by Julbo, we have a stunning night lined up this year!

19.30 - 22.30 Saturday 22nd

Petzl Underground Session

Last year’s inaugural Petzl Underground Session proved to be a huge hit, with a fantastic mix of film and lectures covering the latest and greatest news from the underground world.

20.00 - 21.30 Saturday 22nd

2014 Awards Ceremony

We've broken the mould and moved our Awards Ceremony to Saturday night - it'll be a great start to a great social evening!

22.00 - 02.00 Saturday 22nd

RAB Party

RAB Party Kendal isn’t called “The main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK” for nothing – and the Saturday night RAB Party plays a big part.

09.00 - 10.30 Sunday 23rd

Mark Thompson - ‘White War’

The compelling and moving account of an unknown campaign of the First World War.

09.00 - 10.30 Sunday 23rd

Film ‘Project Wild Thing’ with David Bond

Filmmaker David Bond was a worried man. His kids' waking hours were dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spent way too much time indoors - not like...

09.00 - 12.00 Sunday 23rd

Best of Kendal Breakfast

This film session is a selection of this year's winning films. Come and enjoy an early screening of some of our winning films. Actual titles will be published after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

09.30 - 12.30 Sunday 23rd

Creative Writing with Phoebe Smith

KMF's first foray into the world of creative writing directed by travel writer and Wanderlust Magazine editor, Phoebe Smith.

10.00 - 11.30 Sunday 23rd

Martin Moran

Martin will talk about his new autobiography “Higher Ground”, in which he recalls his years of training in becoming a British Mountain Guide, relives his most adventurous guided climbs and affectionately profiles the remarkable personalities of his many clients and colleagues.

10.00 - 11.30 Sunday 23rd

Tim Cope

In 2004, author and filmmaker Tim Cope set out to travel 6,000 miles by horse from Mongolia to Hungary across the great Eurasian Steppe. It was a quest to retrace the route taken by Mongolian conquerors, who under Genghis Khan created the largest empire in...

10.00 - 12.00 Sunday 23rd

Jonathan Griffith

Partnering Ueli Steck on Everest last year was Chamonix-based photographer Jonathan Griffith, an accomplished alpinist and self-confessed ‘hopeless mountain addict’.

11.00 - 12.30 Sunday 23rd

Linda Cracknell - ‘Doubling Back’

In 'Doubling Back', Linda Cracknell walks in the footsteps of others from the Highlands of Scotland to the Swiss Alps and Kenya.

11.00 - 13.00 Sunday 23rd

Family Friendly Films

Films that have been chosen for their content and language, and that are deemed suitable for the younger audience.

13.00 - 14.00 Sunday 23rd

Mountain Heritage Trust Showcase

Welcome to MHT’s very own ‘Antiques Roadshow’!

14.00 - 15.30 Sunday 23rd

Hazel Findlay

It’s no secret that British women are climbing harder than ever before.

14.30 - 16.00 Sunday 23rd

British Mountain Guides - A Passion for Mountains

The British Mountain Guides present a session filled with inspiration; a combination of mini-lectures from well-known Guides and a celebration of the new book 'A Passion for Mountains', a compilation of stories written by members of the BMG.

20.00 - 23.00 Sunday 23rd

Best of Kendal 2014

Featuring a selection of 2014 winning films, screening over 4 venues.

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