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Kendal Mountain Festival draws over 200 speakers from the outdoors industry

The audience at. the Kendal Mountain Festival listen to a speaker
The Kendal Mountain Festival is returning to the Lake District this weekend (Image credit: Kendal Mountain Festival)

The Kendal Mountain Festival is returning to the Lake District this weekend bringing over 200 speakers to what organizers are calling the world’s biggest social gathering for those who love the outdoors.

Festival organizers are welcoming outdoor enthusiasts back to the Cumbrian town beginning on Thursday 18 November for four days of speakers, screenings and clinics hosted by world-renowned mountaineers. 

This year, headlining speakers include Nirmal "Nims" Purja, who shares the European premiere of ‘14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible’, a new film which follows his quest to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000m peaks, extreme TV adventurer Aldo Kane with ‘tales from the edge’ including abseiling into an erupting volcano and rowing the Atlantic and Olympic climber Shauna Coxsey, with a preview screening of her new film ‘The Wall: Climbing for Gold’. 

Party goers gather at night at the Kendal Mountain Festival

Known as the UK’s largest and longest-running gathering of the outdoor community, the festival was founded in 1980 as the Kendal Mountaineering Film Festival (Image credit: Kendal Mountain Festival)

Attendees can come in their hiking boots to participate in community walks, recover with screenings of films such as Jimmy Chin’s The Rescue and find free talks, top outdoor brands and live music at Basecamp Village.

Known as the UK’s largest and longest-running gathering of the outdoor community, the festival was founded in 1980 as the Kendal Mountaineering Film Festival and has grown over the last four decades to a large-scale event that attracts athletes, authors and visitors from around the world. This year’s festival will be a hybrid of in-person and online events – including a 10km trail run – allowing people to participate from afar.

The Kendal Mountain Festival takes place from Thursday 18 November to Sunday 21 November. 

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Adventure.com. She is an author, mountain enthusiast and yoga teacher who loves heading uphill on foot, ski, bike and belay. She recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland after 20 years living in the USA, 11 of which were spent in the rocky mountains of Vail, Colorado where she owned a boutique yoga studio and explored the west's famous peaks and rivers. She is a champion for enjoying the outdoors sustainably as well as maintaining balance through rest and meditation, which she explores in her book Restorative Yoga for Beginners, a beginner's path to healing with deep relaxation. She enjoys writing about the outdoors, yoga, wellness and travel. In her previous lives, she has also been a radio presenter, music promoter, university teacher and winemaker.