saturday 20 may
TICKETS: £15 | Under 16s £7.50
DOORS: 7pm | START: 7.30pm
A night of two halves: the film Tupendeo tells the story of mountaineer Jonathan Bamber and the mystery on Tupendeo, an unclimbed peak in the Indian Himalaya. See the film first, then ask Jonathan your questions.
Then, ex-pro mountain biker, long distance bike packer, one of the founders of The Adventure Syndicate, founder of Cycletherapy, Lee Craigie, inspires all with her epic feats of endurance.
As well as hearing from Jonathan and Lee, we'll also be showing a selection of the best adventure films from around the world: be amazed by watching Johanna, the Finnish freediver who dives under the ice, and Tom Seipp, the fearless young cyclist with an incredible enthusiasm for long journeys on his bike, plus more of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2016!
For many years, the Kashmir region in the Indian Himalaya was off-limits to alpinists; the area was too close to the embattled Pakistan border and public authorities were suspicious of foreigners being there. When the ban was finally lifted and the remote mountain valleys could be explored, the alpinist’s keen eye was rewarded with a spectacular sight; miles and miles of unclimbed and uncharted terrain.
One of these peaks stands out from the rest: the Tupendeo. Similar to the Matterhorn in shape, the intimidating peak was still unclimbed and undiscovered.
When Stephan Siegrist, Thomas Senf and Dres Abegglen set off towards Tupendeo in 2015, they have no clue that the peak already has its own story to tell. The locals warn them that tragedy had struck many years ago. As the trio climb up the face, they come across an old rope still hanging along with a rappel device, causing many questions to arise. Who left it hanging there? What happened? They all know far too well how close success and defeat can be on a mountain. Upon reaching the summit, they decide to bring the rappel device back with them and search for traces. They want to know whose story the Tupendeo was hiding.
The answer was found in England. The Tupendeo turns out to be the fateful mountain of the British scientist, Jonathan Bamber. In 1992, just below the summit, his leg was almost completely severed by a dislodged rock. Helpless and in critical condition, he was left lying there as his climbing partner abseiled down alone hoping to find some help.
As hours and days pass, there is no sign of rescue, not even a slight glimmer of hope on the horizon. It is an experience that will change Bamber forever.
As Ovid once wrote in his Metamorphoses, each place has its own fate. The taciturn mountains leave it up to the humans to tell the tales. 'Tupendeo' shows how a mountain brings two people and their paths together and how they begin to tell their story.
Lee Craigie became the British Mountain Bike Champion in 2013 and represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but the secret to her sporting success lay in her love of exploring big mountains by bike.
Fascinated by the places we can take ourselves emotionally by pushing our perceived limits, Lee's tales of adventure explore more than just the terrain she passes through. Join her for an insight into the euphoria and the darkness that can be found on a 500 mile non stop, self supported individual mountain bike time trial; The 2016 Highland Trail 550.
Lee became the UK 24 Hour Mountain Biking Champion in October 2016: