Macs Adventure Stage 2023

Welcome to the Macs Adventure Stage, kindly presented by Macs Adventure.

A space to celebrate everyday adventure - inspiring stories from our local community! Expect tears, laughter and the warm fuzzies!

Times and talks subject to change. Updates will be on display at Basecamp Info Desk.

Friday 17 November

10.00 Ali Pretty: Bay Lines – Beach of DreamCombining arts & the outdoors to offer a creative way to respond to the Climate Emergency.

10.45 Agustín Guardiola, Nick Read & Ali Cooper: ClimbOut - Increasing the Visibility of QueerClimbersThe first ever ClimbOut festival ran this year, aiming to increase the visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community on rock. We hear how & why this unique festival took place & what happens next.

11.45 Join us for The Head Outside Awards 2023 - celebrating the organisations & individuals harnessing the power of the outdoors for mental health.

12.45 Mary-Ann Ochota, Eben Muse, Nav Bakhsh & Duncan Peake: Right To Roam - Would the Scottish Model Work?Presented by the BMCMany of us want more space to walk, climb, run & swim in the great outdoors. So should England & Wales follow the Scottish?

13.45 Coinneach MacLeod: The Hebridean BakerPresented by Macs AdventureGrab your hiking boots! Coinneach takes us to his home turf in the far-flung corners of the Outer Hebrides & Orkney to retell his tales from the trails.

14.45 Ed Jackson, Ed Jackson, Tom Backhouse & Alice Sainsbury: Adapting for Disability in the WildPresented by Millimetres 2 Mountains x Berghaus AdaptsWith 25% of the population living with a disability, we explore why challenging existing narratives & breaking down barriers matters for true inclusion in the outdoors.

15.30 Waldo Etherington: Rainforest ExplorationPresented by BerghausHow Waldo first got into this unique line of work, where it has taken him & what drives him to keep on exploring this hidden world. You might be surprised at just how much we don't know about trees!

16.15 Oli France: Diary of an Expedition LeaderPresented by SpraywayHear stories from 15 years of guiding expeditions from Iraq to Somalia, Syria to Yemen, Congo to Siberia.

17.00 Hamish Frost: Frost on the LensPresented by GORE-TEXPhotographic stories of high performance people & product.

18.00 Krister Kopala: Riding the Biggest Line in Arctic NorwayPresented by RabHow Krister ended up on the highest peak in the Lyngen Alps. What is his motivation for skiing steep lines? Is it a way of overcoming stress & finding happiness?

18.45 World Premiere of ”Summit’s Up For Tony” - Short FilmPresented by Bendrigg Trust9-year old double amputee Tony Hudgell has already raised £1.7 million for charity. Now he’s attempting to climb Orrest Head accompanied by Hari Budha Magar.Introduced by Chris Bonington.

19.30 Lauren Davey & Jack Hartley: Live MusicThese two dynamic independent musicians unite their talents for an unforgettable performance. Together, this musical duo promises an eclectic and harmonious experience that resonates with the soul.

Saturday 18 November

09.45 Women’s Adventure AcademyPresented by FjällrävenHear about the all-women adventure training course aimed at inspiring & enabling more women to enjoy solo adventures in nature.

10.45 Eben Muse & Helen Lucocq: What’s in a Name: Yr Wyddfa, Eryri & Bannau BrycheiniogPresented by the BMC & Bannau BrycheiniogFind out about why the Park decided to reclaim its Welsh name & learn how protecting our mountain heritage also means preserving & centering Welsh place names.

11.30 Imogen Furlong, Tom Laws & Dan Wilkinson: Parenting is MagicalJoin Imogen as she wades through the fog of sleep deprivation for a wry chat with Dan & Tom about the joys & challenges they've all faced since becoming ‘outdoors parents’.

12.15 Andrei Burton: On WheelsPresented by SaltrockAndrei is one of the UK’s most successful mountain bike trials athletes, hear his story about how he got there.

13.00 Sarah Hewitt: Tour de SaundersA granddaughter’s bike journey through France & family history, retracing a postwar tandem adventure in search of belonging

13.45 Mel Berry & Holly Woodford: Finding Your TribePresented by Her SpiritRevolutionising the way women experience swimming, cycling & running

14.30 Ella Foote: How to Wild Swim - What to Know Before Taking the PlungeJoin Author & Journalist Ella to hear all about her new book where she shares her love & expertise for outdoor swimming.

15.15 Neil Lapping: 10 Things I've Learned in 10 Years of Alpine HikingPresented by Macs AdventureThe hard-won lessons I wish I’d known before conquering the Tour Du Mont Blanc.

16.00 Tom Neish & Leo Gripari: Capturing Impact - MAJILeo tackled five challenges, raising over £150,000 for water projects in Uganda. Dive into the journey with Producer Tom, from filming hurdles to moments with Uganda's mountain gorillas.

17.00 Opening Up The Outdoors (OUTO): Creating Belonging in the OutdoorsOUTO´s non-profit mission is centred on promoting inclusivity, education, & the enjoyment of outdoor spaces for individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion followed by the OUTO Mixer.

Sunday 19 November

09.45 Greg Boswell: Revisiting ‘Cold Climbs’Presented by Rab40 years after its release do the routes from within the book ‘Cold Climbs’ still stand as described by Ken Wilson, Dave Alcock, John Barry & Rab Carrington?

10.30 Doug Mayer: The Race that Changed Running - The Inside Story of UTMBAuthor Doug discusses the history & future of the iconic race & its sometimes complicated relationship to the trail running world.

11.15 Matt Barr, Melody Sky & Daniel Bernstål: A Different PerspectivePresented by KlättermusenJoin snow photographers Melody & Daniel, discussing their distinctive careers & their collaborative film 'A Different Perspective'.

12.15 Trina Dawkins & Alice Light: DEO RUNS from Cape Town to LondonPresented by Adidas TerrexAs Deo makes his way through Africa on his 14,570km run, Trina & Alice join us to talk about the meaning & legacy behind this amazing adventure.

13.00 Alex Hibert: Lighting the Frozen ShadowsPresented by LedlenserExperiences & lessons learned training & travelling in the High Arctic in low-light polar winter conditions.

13.45 Mountain Rescue Live: Rescue on the FellsPresented by Ordnance Survey & Helly HansenWith Shane Ohly from Kendal Mountain Rescue Team, Lou Bland & Glen Bland

14.30 Fiona Marshall: Overcoming the FearPresented by Macs AdventureThe freedom & empowerment of solo active travel.

15.15 Neil Atkinson: The Gravel Cycling ExplosionWhy Gravel is putting the adventure into cycling

16.00 Beth Pipe: Brewers LoopTales from a 138 mile hike around the breweries of Cumbria

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