saturday 18 may
TICKETS: £18 | Under 25s & Students £10
For our Banchory tour date, we have two incredible speakers lined up:
Scottish swimmer Colleen Blair has been swimming in open water since the age of 7. She was first person to swim across the notorious Pentland Firth, from mainland to the Orkney Islands and swam Loch Ness when she was 19. In June 2018 she became the first person to swim ‘The Minch’ – a 24 mile stretch of water between the Isle of Lewis and mainland Scotland.
Uisdean Hawthorn is a Scottish climber with a love for big mountain routes. Over the last 3 seasons he has racked upa number of significant first ascents including The Giant (VII,7) and Han Solo (VIII,7).
As well as hearing from these two speakers, we’ll also be showing a selection of our most loved adventure films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2018.
Uisdean grew up on a small farm in the west coast of Scotland. Participating in all types of activity’s from gathering sheep to rugby and football. The one thing he didn’t do growing up was climbing.
He started climbing age 19 while doing his joinery apprenticeship and quickly developed into one of Scotland’s most active winter climbers.
Scottish winter climbing and big mountain routes have become his main focus. He has developed a passion for thin ice, and has really excelled in this style of climbing. Over the last 3 seasons he has racked up a number of significant repeats and first accents. First accents include The Giant (VII,7) Han solo (VIII,7) Call Me Ishmael (VIII,9) The Messiah (X,10).
“The first winter ascent of The Giant is without doubt one of the most important winter ascents in Cairngorm Climbing history.” Simon Richardson Scottishwinter.com
Now 24 and finished his apprenticeship he is looking to train and climb as much as possible.
But Uisdean is always happy to be out having an adventure with friends, meeting new people and living life to the full.
Accomplished Scottish swimmer Colleen Blair has been swimming in open water since the age of 7.
Colleen is originally from Dundee and now lives in Highland Perthshire close to lots of Lochs to swim in! Over the last 33 years she has been swimming open water with only one season off due to shoulder surgery. All of her swims have been supported by a close group of family & friends. She has swum in UK, Ireland, Holland and America doing marathon swims and challenges ranging from 17k to 50k.
In 2018, Colleen took part in the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona. SCAR is a four day road trip swim adventure consisting of 9.5 mile, 9 mile, 17 mile lake swims followed by a 9k swim into the sunset to finish.
In June 2018 she was given the opportunity to attempt a swim she had been looking at for a few years –The North Minch. With only 5 weeks to prepare, this was always going to be a tough swim. The Minch is the stretch of water between the Inner Hebrides and North West Highlands, it is 24 nautical miles, and is known for its wild weather and sea state. The Minch swim was supported by an amazing group of volunteers, while being very experienced in their own field, have not supported a swim before. Colleen was also accompanied by her long standing support crew, her dad Bill and Ian Reid.
Colleen was also the first person to swim across the notorious Pentland Firth, from mainland to the Orkney Islands, and swam the length of Loch Ness at the age of 19.