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Stevie Christie - 06/10/2005

You may have noticed that last Saturday was the 30th anniversary of Dougal Haston becoming the first Scot to summit Everest back in 1975. Haston's climbing partner that day, Doug Scott, is giving a specially commissioned lecture on his climbs with Haston on Sunday 23 October as part of the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. Speaking to Doug yesterday, he said that he was very much looking forward to the event and hinted that he will recount some rarely-heard tales from exciting trips he made with Haston, not just from the Himalayas but also from some of the other major mountain ranges in the world. It will be a very special evening and ticket sales already indicate that it will be a sell-out event, so get yours soon!

I'm very excited about the film line-up this year and can't wait to see them on the big screen at George Square Lecture Theatre! It's the strongest selection yet and includes films from all the major mountain sports, as well as some you may not be so familiar with, such as mountain boarding (in Mountain Riders), deep water soloing (in the spectacular Psicobloc) and volcano skiing (in Cano-Bagging). As well as the more extreme action, there are also some beautifully-made, reflective films such as Winter's Wind (a ski film) and Bothy, which documents 3 local walkers' journey to a remote bothy in winter, providing a thoughtful insight to a unique Scottish culture. Look out for feature stories in the press for a closer look at some of the stars of the films.

For full details of the films, and the rest of the line-up, pick up a free programme in Tiso or at Alien Rock, or visit The John Muir Trust, one of the festival's nominated charities, is currently fund-raising for their Suilven appeal, which aims to safeguard this landmark mountain, as well as 44,500 acres of pristine wilderness which surround it. The appeal has already raised over £250,000 but they need £500,000. Read more about it or donate online by following this link - Meanwhile, our new festival sponsors, Rucksack Readers, have just released a new edition of their indispensable guidebook for Kilimanjaro. Chris Bonington is a big fan of it, so if you are planning a trip up Kili, make sure you get a copy! Read all about it at

Don't forget - this year's festival runs from Friday 21st October - Sunday 23rd October and tickets are available NOW from branches of Tiso and at Alien Rock Climbing centre (Pier Place, Newhaven). The festival is brought to you in association with Presenting Sponsors Tiso (; Glenmore Lodge ( and Wilderness Journeys (

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