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Kendal Mountain Festival, Paraclimbing Championships, Tedx talks and bike races!

18th November 2021

Hi everyone, and it's great to have a number of new subscribers here.

I'm writing this newsletter on the train up to Kendal Mountain Festival this weekend. The view outside the window is looking fittingly Autumnal, blazing trees mixed with bare trees.

And I'm very excited to say we will be recording the last episode of the series whilst there - in person! You may also find me asking for a few vox pops, but overall I'm looking forward to a weekend of sitting back and enjoying the great work of others.

Do come and say 'hi' if you see me, but for now, here's a few stories from the past few weeks.

- Fran


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"The UK equivalent of Banff" - or so said Soraya in episode 2! Kendal Mountain Festival is possibly the most significant outdoors event of the year, with speakers, films, literature talks, activities and more - although, no live podcasts that I can see... something for next year? I promised last newsletter to let you know where our panel will be. Eden: - Her film Eden is showing as part of the Water Film Collection - you can find that at the Brewery Arts Centre Friday (11.30am, and 5.00pm) Saturday (9.30am) and Sunday (9.30am) - She's running a live Pride's Not Over on the Yeti stage (Basecamp) 2.30pm - And she's put together a panel to follow the showing of They/Them (the film that we spoke about in E5) at the Brewery Arts Centre 12pm Sunday Kirsty: - Kirsty is part of the Patagonia Climb session on Saturday at 11am. Frit: - Is talking about Glide For Pride on the Yeti stage on Saturday, 3.15pm - Has his film Brave Enough showing on Saturday, 5pm, Brewery Arts Centre - with alive Q&A after - His short film Wanderlust Women is showing at Basecamp on Sunday, 11am - And he's also on the panel after They/Them Soraya: - Will be doing an All The Elements social on Friday night. Get in touch for more info on that! (I'll also be at that one) Soraya has also put together this blog post over on All The Elements to find diverse voices at the festival.


The Environment Bill has passed into law

The Environment Bill (England's version of the regulations we were held to as part of the EU) has now passed into law. The Bill offers protection for nature and the environment in many aspects - such as setting targets to reduce air pollution and limit species decline. But it also hit the news in its final days when MPs voted against legal duties on water companies who dump raw sewage into waterways and seas. (ps. you can learn more about wastewater practices in our very first episode)


The British Paraclimbing Championships are taking place this weekend

The British Paraclimbing championships are taking place on 21st November at the Westway Climbing Centre in London. (In case you're wondering - I'm very much being lazy and using the same photo as the last newsletter!


Oge has done a TedX Talk, and V's downhill race for spinal injury was a success!

Congratulations to Oge for this massive achievement! She was speaking at the Tedx Low Carbon Leaders event. I'm so excited to heat this, and we'll share the link to the talk when it's up. V has also had a successful couple of weeks - #RideWithCasey the downhill bike race she was helping to organise was successful. There were 170 participants in total, 40 of them being female mountain bikers, and 2 of them being adapted mountain bikers. The race raised thousands of pounds for two @casey_gemma_'s SCI recovery and @wingsforlife


And in other news:

  • The longlist for the Nan Shepherd Prize for nature writing have been announced. Read more >>

  • Proposals for a new car park at the foot of Cat Bells mountain in the Lake District have been met with concern . There's a campaign to stop the 150 new parking spaces being made. Read more >>

  • On a similar note, more than 13,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Monsal Trail to remain a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and not be used to reinstate the Buxton to Matlock railway line. Read more >>

  • Sharks, seahorses and seals have been found in the River Thames - over 50 years after the river was declared biologically dead. I can confirm a seal somehow made it up river to where I am in Surbiton! Read more >>

  • According to a new study, these are the best hiking routes in the UK Read more >>

  • And a good news story to finish on that features a dog! Read more >>


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