Keswick Mountain Festival - 15th - 19th May 2013


6 May 2013

It’s the Keswick Mountain Festival again, how did that happen so quickly. I love the Keswick Mountain Festival, but, like all big events, you need to bring both your spirit of adventure and your Vango Contour 60L rucksack full of money (it’s sturdy and will carry up to 30Kg).

Since every main activity is at least £20 you have to be selective. I’ve booked in for a bit of Ghyll Scrambling with the kids, because everyone loves that, and I might do the wild swim but after that I’m going to take advantage of a few of the freebies and luckily there’s quite a few of them.
In the Festival Village you can do all this without opening up your rucksack:

Dare2b Airbag – I showed the video to the kids and they’re not having a go. If you’re braver than my kids bring your bike and somersault into a giant air bag. I’m not.

50 things to do before you’re 11 – building a den, climbing a tree, weeing in your bed - that sort of thing. I don’t do any of those now, well okay, two out of three.

Go Ape Adventure Course – I haven’t been on the mobile course but the main course in Whinlatter is brilliant, so this should be good.

Mountain bike stunt team – if you think your wheelie is something special, prepare to be humiliated.

Welly Obstacle Course – never seen it before but it sounds unmissable. We have a load of old wellies in the garage so if it’s great I’m going to make one myself.
In the Festival Village you can do all this without opening up your rucksack:
Also, there’s a climbing wall, a mobile caving system to crawl around in, a treasure hunt, an adventure theatre (where most of the talks are free), you can learn how to use a compass or do some slacklining. If that’s not exciting enough, you can run around smashing into people (sounds like my recent trip to London) in a body zorb.

There’s some great guided rides for both road and mountain bike where you get to trial some great bikes (£10) and for £20 you can go for a guided walk on nearly every major fell.

The main speakers are in the Theatre by the Lake, I fancy going to see the Graeme Obree talk and the Monty Halls one will be good as usual.

There’s loads more so have a look at Keswick Mountain Festival website. Just thought I’d remind you it was coming up. The fun begins next week, starting Wednesday the 15th May. Maybe bump into you there (if you’re body zorbing when I am).

Thanks for reading.

Ian Young

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