Kendal Mountain Festival Tour heads to Glasgow

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Fancy a night of adventure? The Kendal Mountain Festival Tour combines adventure films with great speakers to inspire you to get out there – or just appreciate the comforts of home and the bravery of others.

Climber and jungle explorer to speak in Glasgow

An inspirational climber who conquered the jungle to climb ‘The Lost World’, Mount Roraima in the Amazon rainforest, is visiting Glasgow to talk about her exploits.

Anna Taylor, who last year also completed a human powered link-up of all 83 of the UK’s ‘Classic Rock’ routes, is speaking as part of the Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour and will share the joys and moments of despair that make up these gruelling challenges.

The 24-year-old Lake District-based climber was part of a major expedition in 2019 led by fellow Cumbrian, Leo Houlding, where they made the first free-climbing ascent of the 600m main prow of Mount Roraima. The 2,810m high tepui sits between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana and is the location that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel ‘The Lost World’ and the Pixar animated movie ‘Up’. The team completed a 53km jungle trek to get to the base, while avoiding the more dangerous local wildlife such as snakes, tarantulas and scorpions. Once on the wall, the climbers lived on portaledges hanging hundreds of metres above the jungle, while the tropical climate presented regular deluges of heavy rain.

Closer to home, last year Taylor became the first person to complete a self-powered round of every route that features in Classic Rock, the iconic book written by Ken Wilson. Carrying all her kit, Taylor cycled 2,400km and climbed over 10,000m during a journey that lasted 62 days and saw her climb most of the 83 routes solo, without ropes.

Taylor will be speaking at Glasgow Film Theatre on the 12th of May. Tickets are available via the Tour website or by calling the Glasgow Film Theatre on Box Office 0141 332 6535.

Theses events are part of the Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour, which features a collection of the world’s best short adventure films for audiences to watch on the big screen. Steve Scott, director of Kendal Mountain Festival, presents the Tour events and says, “‘Kendal’ is all about adventure; stories of extreme human endurance, breathtaking environments and adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Our Tour events are mini-Festivals that distil this spirit of adventure and exploration into one unique evening.”

Can’t make these? Here’s the rest of the Tour:

  • Inverness: Friday 13th May
  • Banchory: Saturday 14th May
  • Coventry: Friday 20th May
  • Norwich: Saturday 21st May
  • Whitehaven: Sunday 22nd May
  • Whitley Bay: Friday 3rd June
  • Nottingham: Wednesday 15th June
  • Exeter: Thursday 16th June
  • Llanelli: Friday 17th June
  • Canterbury: Wednesday 22nd June
  • Brighton: Thursday 23rd June
  • Kings Lynn: 24th June
  • Kendal: Wednesday 29th June
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