Polartec Bothy Stage

Welcome to the Polartec Bothy Stage, kindly presented by Polartec

The Polartec Bothy Stage hosts brand athletes, explorers and adventurers. Fun conversations with super stars hosted by our presenters Becki Vale, Rachael Crewesmith and George Lonsdale!

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

Friday 17 November

09.45 Dom Ferris & Rachel Coleman: The State of Our TrailsTrash Free Trials has a mission to reconnect people with nature through the simple yet meaningful act of removing single use pollution

10.30 Jenny Graham & Jamie Ramsey: Bikepacking 101Presented by RestrapAll things bikepacking showing you how you can pack everything you need for a bike tour

11.15 Sarah Turner: Saving Children’s Lives through Surf TherapyPresented by SaltrockFind out about The Wave Project, who are on a mission to support over 2,000 young people every year with the power of surf therapy

12.00 Protect Our Winters (POW) UKHelping passionate outdoor people become effective climate advocates to achieve systemic solutions to climate change

12.45 Helly Hansen: Working with ProfessionalsPresented by Ordnance Survey & Helly HansenWith Philip Tavell from Helly Hansen & Helena Sansum & Ian Blackburn from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team

13.30 Renee McGregor: Fuelling for AdventurePresented by MontaneAs a Sports Dietitian, Author & Runner Renee is a font of knowledge & join us to talk about fuelling for adventure.

14.15 Cal Major: Scotland - Ocean NationPresented by Klean KanteenTales from stand-up paddleboarding around Scotland in search of nature's hidden stories & our human connection to our ocean.

15.15 Nick Hallissey: Country Walking Magazine - Walk 1000 MilesPresented by Jack WolfskinJoin Deputy Editor, Nick Hallissey to hear about the ‘Walk 1000 initiative’ & how people have changed their lives one step at a time.

16.00 Haroon Mota, Zahra Rose & Belal Ballali: Taking Steps to Get Outdoors - Different Voices & Different PerspectivesPresented by The North FaceFrom overcoming barriers & promoting community values to dispelling myths & setting new standards, they aim to reshape how we understand, participate in & benefit from outdoor activities.

16.30 Polartec Competition Winner AnnouncementHead to the Polartec Stand to find out more

16.45 Lukas Imler: Face Your FearPresented by ColumbiaOvercoming his fear of heights to become one of the best Highliners in the world, Lukas wants to inspire you to live a life beyond fear & chase your dreams.

17.30 Libby Penman & Kevin Lelland: Clear on DeerPresented by John Muir TrustExplore the legacy, challenges & future of sustainable deer management.

18.30 Jugal Range CelebrationAll are welcome to celebrate the opening of the Jugal range with a live panel discussion, followed by a party - Himalayan style - with Nepalese dancers performing on stage.

Saturday 18 November

09.45 Sabrina Pace-Humphreys, Leon Parkes & Rebecca Deveraux: Intentional Action, Generational ChangePresented by FatMap by StravaHow diverse running communities are creating equitable access to the outdoors, one historic step at a time.

10.30 Ailsa Beck & Nellie Wilson: The Alba Cross: Adventures With A PurposePresented by PatagoniaAdventures ambling across Scotland - driven by the narrative of land use & the communities around it.

11.15 Fredi Chohan & Frit Tam: Walking the Pennine WayPresented by SpraywayDespite describing herself as “not an experienced hiker”, Fredi hiked the length of the Pennine Way & she wants to encourage others to take on similar challenges.

12.00 Malcolm Bass & Donna James: What has Alpinism ever done for me?Presented by MontaneHis journey from climbing on the North Yorkshire Moors to climbing in the Himalaya

12.45 Madeline Mulqueen: Climbing KilimanjaroPresented by CraghoppersMadeline works on many different projects as a photographer & has challenged herself to reach new heights by climbing Kilimanjaro & travelling to Patagonia.

13.30 Josh Wade: Never Stop Ultra RunningPresented by The North FaceKendal-based ultra runner Josh shares stories from his three Ultra Trail Snowdonia victories, podium finish at the Eiger Ultra Trail & other races.

14.30 Henry Schniewind: Safety is FreedomPresented by OrtovoxHave more fun, be safer Off-piste & ski touring.

15.15 Mick Fowler: When It All Goes WrongPresented by Berghaus6 days without food, lots of broken bones - all part of a memorable holiday.

16.00 Andy Berry: The Year Dreams Came TruePresented by inov-8Andy talks through his journey from a plumber in the North East of England to the Lake District 24 hour record & Lakeland100 victory.

16.30 Polartec Competition Winner AnnouncementHead to the Polartec Stand to find out more.

16.45 Lucy Jordan & Paul Ingram: Kendal Mountain Festival & Rab Film Grant; Seasons LostPresented by RabProducer Lucy & Producer / Director Paul talk through their environmental hiking film process with Artistic Director Claire Carter

18.00 Rab & Danner Film AwardsOur ‘Oscars’ of Mountain Film, join us as our Jury Chair Jonathan Hourigan & panel of judges reveal the winners of this year's Awards

Sunday 19 November

09.45 Alex Roddie: Wanderlust British & Irish IslesPresented by GestaltenHiking the Trails of Great Britain & Ireland

10.30 Chris Knight: Overcoming Adversity & Finding Purpose in the OutdoorsPresented by CraghoppersFormer professional rugby player turned freelance content creator talks about how venturing into the landscapes of Wales helped him forge a new career & discover new challenges.

11.30 Veronica Melkonian: Diversity Behind the LensPresented by PatagoniaWhen brand content is only as diverse as the people making it, how can we make more space for underrepresented creatives?

12.30 Jamie Ramsey: Fast-hiking the Pyrenean Haute RoutePresented by Cotswold OutdoorJamie completed the Route in 18 days, 4 hours & 30 minutes. He has now completed 52, 683km of human-powered adventuring.

13.30 Amira Patel: The Wanderlust WomenPresented by The North FaceThe founder of Wanderlust Women joins us to talk about her adventures both solo & with groups of other Muslim women.

14.15 Team British Cycling: Young Voices of CyclingPresented by British Cycling & TrekGet the scoop on the journeys of three young people receiving a pedal-powered boost from British Cycling.

14.45 Polartec Competition Winner AnnouncementHead to the Polartec Stand to find out more.

15.00 Mountain Rescue Live: The Female ExperiencePresented by Ordnance Survey & Helly HansenWith Kath Jackson, Jo Shelmerdine from Kendal Mountain Rescue Team and Rachel Smith from North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team

15.45 Emma Powell: New HeightsPresented by PetzlEmma is a record breaking world champion in the art of Dry Tooling, hear about her latest ascents and adventures

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