The 7th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival - Saturday

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The 7th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival runs 16-18 October 2009 at George Square Lecture Theatre in Edinburgh. As always, it promises to be a weekend packed full of inspiration and entertainment, with an impressive diversity of speakers and a selection of films delivering lots of high drama and painful wipeouts! The EMFF has built a reputation as a fun, lively and inspiring event and this year looks set to continue that trend.

Highlights will include a lecture by madcap American climber Timmy O’Neill – known for scaling towering cliffs and high rise buildings, often without the security of a rope. Top Scottish climbers Dave MacLeod and Gary Latter provide home-grown inspiration and the line up is completed by global adventurers Patrick Winterton (who recently sea kayaked from Scotland to the Faroe Islands) and Katie-Jane Cooper & Tarka L'Herpiniere (the first people to trek the entire 4,500km distance of the Great Wall of China).

Meanwhile, the standard of films is set to be higher than ever. Most mountain sports are represented, including climbing, snowsports, BASE-Jumping, mountain culture and epic journeys. Some of the more extreme action includes a solo ascent of the North Face of the Eiger, protected only by a base-jumping pack, paragliding stunts more wild than you can possibly imagine and seriously big drops in kayaks. Of course it’s not all about the extreme and there are also superb films about expeditions to Greenland by kayak, climbing in South America, living in Antarctica, and much more.

The festival will also include a number of events throughout October, many of which are free. These include a mountain photography exhibition and several ‘Adventure Taster Sessions’ which give you the chance to try kayaking, skiing, boarding and climbing. Social climbers, meanwhile, can enjoy the social gatherings at the Pear Tree and at the EMFF party on the Saturday night.

The festival, which is staged in association with Tiso & Wilderness Journeys, will again be held at the George Square Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh University. Over 2,500 outdoor enthusiasts are expected to attend this year’s event. These will include climbers, skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, walkers, as well many others who simply have an interest in travel and adventure.

Tickets and free programmes for the festival are on sale now from Tiso stores and the Alien Rock 1 climbing centre.

Please visit the EMFF website for details.

You can read a review of EMFF 2008 by clicking here

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