Climbing Evening - Saturday 23rd February 2013
A celebration of Scottish winter climbing told through the prism of Ben Nevis.
Ben Nevis provides some of the greatest mountaineering adventures in the UK. Often the site of epics and tragedy, The Ben has been central in the history of Scottish winter mountaineering.
Mountaineer and award-winning author Andy Cave takes the audience on a celebration of Scottish winter climbing. The show will contain freshly shot video by climbing film maker Paul Diffley, which was specially commissioned by the festival. With this video and archival images Andy will take the audience on a mountaineering odyssey that began on Ben Nevis almost 30 years ago. He tells of the epics, the new routes, the characters, the passion, as well as the importance of Scottish winter climbing on the global mountaineering stage.
As a 16 year old Andy had his first taste of real mountaineering on The Ben, getting caught in a storm on Tower ridge. His love for Scottish winter climbing, with all its wildness, was excellent preparation for climbs in the Alps and the Himalayas.
Here Andy returns with friends to examine the importance of Scottish winter climbing in global mountaineering terms and examine its impact on mountaineering further afield. Why is it such a great training ground? Mixed terrain, avalanche risk, commitment.
As Andy ascends the route we will learn more about his own story, from growing up in a mining community in Yorkshire and working down the pit, to discovering climbing and his thirst for adventure.
- Ticket office open from 6pm
- Doors open from 6.30pm
- Shows start promptly at 7pm
- Concessions are for under 16s only.
- Some shows may contain adult language or themes.
- Children must be supervised by an adult.
* West Highland College UHI Students showing their current student card can buy tickets from the ticket office on the night for £10
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