Mountain Festival Season gets underway in Buxton


Last weekend the town of Buxton hosted the Buxton Adventure Festival. Heaston Events launched the festival last year, it was very popular and this year has proved to be even more so. They promised ‘a celebration of adventure for outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors armchair adventurers, at the heart of Derbyshire’s glorious Peak District‘. They certainly delivered. The  two-day format consisted of inspirational talks matched with impressive films.

One Saturday Carey Davies, the ‘BMC’s first ever dedicated hill walking development officer, talked in a relaxed format, with Chris Townsend we managed to get the photo above immediately afterwards.

Chris covered a good many years and miles during his talk telling us about his very first walk, his 1982 Pacific Crest Trail, 1985 Continental Divide. and his most recent long distant walks the Scottish Watershed which he described as the Scottish version of the Continental Divide.

In the past we have published some stories from Chris on his Pacific Crest Trail and  Continental Divide Trail walks both completed in Rohan in the 1980’s.

During the weekend he shared with us some of the problems faced along the way and lovely stories. What came across was Chris’s love and appreciation for the wild areas he travelled.

The relaxed calm atmosphere was followed with something very different,  the film Crossing the Ice . Two Australians adventurers tackled one of the great Antarctic odysseys – getting to the pole and back completely unassisted. Catch it if you can

There is no doubt that mountain festival season is now on the calendar in the UK.

A big thank you to Matt and Lisa  Heaston Events for a fantastic weekend appreciated by many.

We are now looking forward to Kendal Mountain Festival next weekend

We did managed to get a photo of Chris and Sarah Howcroft on the steps in the main hall…


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