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Friday 17th Nov 20.00 - 23.00 Kendal Town Hall Buy Tickets

Petzl Underground Session

Petzl Underground Session Petzl Underground Session An awesome mix of caving films and lectures brought to you by Petzl and in association with UK caving.

This year’s Underground Session has been rebooted and re-invigorated; Tim and Jane Allen from UKCaving have worked with us to pull together the strongest line-up yet!

Presented by cave explorer Steph Dwyer, this is one big night! 

Martyn Farr needs little introduction; he is one of the world’s best-know cave divers. In 1977 and 1982 he set British depth records in Wookey Hole, in Somerset. In the 1980s he set world records for the longest penetration of an undersea cave in the Bahamas. And in 1986 he made the first subterranean traverse of Llangattock Mountain in South Wales, still the longest and deepest caving through-trip in the UK. "Going where no man has been before" has been a lifelong passion, and Martyn is determined to show the world the wonders that exist underground. He is a talented writer and photographer, and his classic book The Darkness Beckons has this year been fully revised and updated.

Matt Kirby and Frank Pearson present 'Under the Borneo Rainforest - 30 years exploring one of the world's longest caves'. Matt sets the scene of what it’s like to cave far from home in the tropics. Friendly locals, enormous passages, awesome formations, cave snakes and bugs the size of your hand, create a fascinating mix that has drawn him back again and again. As a relative newcomer to the area, Frank recounts his experiences from this year’s expedition.

Talented journalist and caver David Rose presents the underground life as seen through the lenses of three of Britain’s best cave photographers: Mark Burkey, Stu Gardiner and Nicky Bayley. All will be on stage to showcase the wonder of Britain’s caves, with David presenting the session and interviewing the three photographers on stage. Just how do they take these great shots in such difficult locations? We’ll find out!

Renowned filmmaker Paul Diffley has brought his technical skills to the caving world, with his new film The Ario Dream. To be premiered at Kendal this year, the film profiles the exploration of the deep caves of Ario in the Picos de Europa mountains, Northern Spain. The film follows the latest 2016/17 expeditions as they try to make the last few connections that could result in the deepest cave system in Europe. Paul will show some exclusive excerpts from the film – you’ll be first to see them!

Paul Diffley will be presenting his film The Ario Dream in it's entirety on Sunday morning - not to be missed!

£12.50£8.50 for Young Adventurers (under 18's)


Steph Dwyer Steph Dwyer

Steph is a cave explorer and leader of the Ario Caves Project.

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Martyn Farr Martyn Farr

Martyn is a leading exploratory cave diver and caver, known for his record-breaking cave dives.

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Matt Kirby Matt Kirby

Matt is a caver and an expert on the Mulu Cave's project.

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Frank Pearson Frank Pearson

Frank has been caving in the UK, Spain, China and Malaysia for 45 years.

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David Rose David Rose

Award-winning writer David is co-author of the caving classic Beneath the Mountains.

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Nicky Bayley Nicky Bayley

Nicky began caving as a student in Portsmouth having been inspired by watching one of Sid Perou’s films on TV.

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Mark Burkey Mark Burkey

Mark is an active caver and phenomenal cave photographer.

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Stuart Gardiner Stuart Gardiner

Stuart is an active caver and photographer'

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Paul Diffley Paul Diffley

Paul is a multi-award winning adventure filmmaker.

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