friday 2 march
TICKETS: £15 | Under 25s & Students £10
DOORS: 7pm | START: 7.30pm
Book your place and join us for a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating exploration of some of the wildest places on earth. For our Whitehaven tour date we have two incredible speakers lined up: Ben Page and Elaine Hopley.
Adventurer and filmmaker Ben Page will share captivating tales from his global biking odyssey – in 2014 Ben left Yorkshire for the southernmost point of South America to undertake a very long bike ride home. Over three years the journey took him across five continents, through desert heat and arctic chill, across snow capped mountains and through dense forests.
Experienced endurance athlete and mother-of-two Elaine Hopley became the fastest woman to cross the Atlantic solo in 2017. She entered the record-book having spent nearly two months at sea competing in the 2,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
As well as hearing from Ben and Elaine, we'll also be showing a selection of our favourite films from Kendal Mountain Festival 2017 – from flying above the Azores to freediving with Orcas, from skateboarding across Colarado to swimming in the wild ocean – you'll be taken on a journey you'll never forget!
Back in 2014, aged 22, Ben Page, a mid-twenties guy from the rolling hills of West Yorkshire set off from the southernmost point of South America to undertake a very long bike ride back home. Over three years the journey will took him across five continents, passing through desert heat and arctic chill, across snow capped mountains and through dense forests.
His Another Horizon website charts his journey, bringing together the photos that he takes, videos that he makes and the stories that unravel.
Ben says, "I've been fortunate enough in the past to have been able to travel widely which has fuelled my appetite for further adventure, and what better time than straight from university when supposedly the world is at my fingertips! Through three student years of scrimping, saving and mine-sweeping I've managed to save up £9,000 to fund this adventure, yet, little enough to ensure that I have no chance of succumbing to a few luxuries along the way. I love bike touring for its pure simplicity - one can wake up in the morning, put all their earthly belongings on the back of their bike and away they cycle into yet another horizon. Its a truly nomadic existence. I firmly believe that there is no better way to explore, feel and immerse yourself in a landscape and culture than through bike touring. Vistas really do look all the brighter through sweat covered eyes and panting of breath. Not only do the landscapes become enhanced but bike touring acts as a perfect social leveller and the opportunities and invitations that develop through this are priceless."
Elaine Hopley is passionate about adrenaline sports and pushing her body and mind to the limits. She won the inaugural Woman’s Scottish Mountain Bike Cross Country and has completed solo unsupported bicycle tours of Australia, New Zealand and Chile. Elaine is now raising funds for this little understood disease after losing her mother to Alzheimers and in doing so achieving a goal and dream of a life time.
In 2017 Elaine raced solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a 6.87m rowing boat and raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer Scotland. Aiming also to set a new record for the fastest woman to cross unsupported.
She says "My proudest moment. Only took me the best part of 8 years. However I can now shout out and say I did it. “I totally nailed it” 59 days 19 hours 14 minutes. Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Race Record and I am now Fastest Female to row solo across the Atlantic, East to West in the Open Class."