Well, as avid blog readers will already know from our previous post, last weekend we attended Keswick Mountain Festival. So, just in case you couldn’t attend yourselves, here’s a little taste of the weekend’s events.
Our first day at the festival was on Friday, and what a glorious day it was. The sun was out and it was quite warm too – quite a novelty despite it being mid-May. This meant it was a great day for all the many outdoor activities that were a part of the festival, including navigation workshops by Map and Compass author Pete Hawkins. It was also a pleasure to wander through the festival village of various tents and marquees, containing everything from sweet stalls to outdoor clothing, arts and crafts to tasty lunchtime treats. Friday was also the day we met the winner of a competition run by Keswick Mountain Festival, who won the full set of Lakeland FELLRANGER guidebooks. Congratulations to Jeanette, who accepted her prize on her return from a walk on the nearby fells – how appropriate!
Saturday on the other hand, could not have been more different weather-wise. After a deluge of rain that lasted well into the morning, we were left with a very boggy showground indeed. Not that this dissuaded many mountain lovers, as the festival was far from quiet. In the afternoon, Fellranger author Mark Richards gave an entertaining and inspiring talk about his series to a captivated audience in the Adventure Theatre Tipi. He then popped over to our stand for a chat, where acting editor of The Great Outdoors magazine Daniel Neilson also happened to have stopped by. Of course, we made them pose for a photo…
As well as unveiling the final book in the Fellranger series, with an advance copy of The Far Eastern Fells sitting pride of place on our stand, we also gave attendees a sneak preview of Alan Hinkes’ forthcoming book, with sample pages of 8000m giving a taste of what’s to come in September.
Our massive thanks go to both the organisers and everyone who attended the festival, for making it such an enjoyable weekend. Who ever said working on a Saturday was no fun?