The popular Fort William Mountain Festival has gone online for 2021. This year marks the festival’s 17th year and it will continue to have a great line-up of films, talks and events despite the challenging circumstances. This year’s festival will run from 19 to 25 February – yes, that’s tomorrow, grab your tickets!
The programme boasts more to watch and attend than you could probably manage, even if you spent all day every day at the festival from the comfort of your sofa. No that’s not a challenge, but you certainly won’t be disappointed by the selection. There are a huge selection of films to view, with themes across climbing, biking, environmental, running, skiing, water sports… I even saw a mention of high-lining between hot air balloons.
Then there are events, including an exclusive interview with Donnie Campbell and Stephen Pyke about their respective Munro rounds. Oh and we forgot to mention that Banff is on tour at the Fort William Mountain Festival – so you can watch all of those films too. Plus it’s definitely worth checking out the festival award winners.
Rod Pashley, Chairman of The Highland Mountain Culture Association, organisers of the Fort William Mountain Festival, said, “It has been a very challenging year for all concerned and we are very fortunate to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty that provides the opportunity to breath in wonderful fresh air, exercise and relax. It therefore comes as no surprise that celebrating the wild landscape that surrounds us in Fort William and Lochaber is the inspiration behind the Mountain Festival.
“The mountains, glens, rivers and coastline influence our culture in many ways, whether it is the beauty of the landscape, our engagement with it or the opportunities we find in it. This year, more than ever, we understand the power of the outdoors for our own health and well-being; the therapeutic nature of a short stroll in the outdoors or indeed a quiet outdoor place to sit and reflect; to re-energise. The Fort William Mountain Festival 2021 on-line event has something for everyone with a love for the outdoors.”
You can find out more and buy tickets from the Fort William Mountain Festival website.
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An adventure writer based on Dartmoor, England, Emily is an active member of Mountain Rescue and a summer Mountain Leader, but loves all things adventure – before her third birthday she had lived on three continents. Founder of Intrepid magazine, she works to help break stereotypes about women in the outdoors. Her expeditions have included walking all Dartmoor’s 119 tors in a single two-week outing, cycling to Switzerland and back, and riding the Rhine from source to sea.