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Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2018

Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:40am

Epic journeys are the key focus of this year’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, running on 3rd and 4th February at George Square Theatre, Edinburgh.

Kite-surfing across the Greenlandic ice cap, paddling through the Amazon in a self-made dugout canoe and various self-powered journeys around the world form some of the fascinating stories to be discovered at this year’s Festival, now in its 15th year. As ever, it combines mountain and adventure films with powerful presentations from some of the world’s top adventurers.

Home-talent is represented with an eagerly-anticipated presentation by Mark Beaumont, who recently smashed the world record for cycling round the globe. Taking more than four years longer to circumnavigate the globe is Sarah Outen MBE, whose ‘London2London: Via the World’ expedition saw her loop the planet using a rowing boat, bike and kayak – a journey of some 25,000 miles that took four-and-a-half years. Meanwhile, sticking close to its roots within the walking, climbing and mountaineering community, the festival welcomes English crack-climbing supremo Pete Whittaker and American mountaineer Kelly Cordes – known for his bold ascents in Patagonia.

The festival will also screen almost 20 adventure films, covering epic journeys by bike, kayak, canoe and kite-assisted skis, as well as documenting scary climbs, swimming with orcas, epic mountain biking and sketchy ski descents down some of the steepest mountain faces in Scotland.

Festival Director Stevie Christie said:  "The standard of films being submitted is so high that we’ve had to leave out some wonderful films. But the films that have made the final selection are fantastic and I know our audience will be thrilled and inspired by them. Our speakers will then elevate the festival to a new level.”

Tickets for the popular festival start at £8 and are on sale now at www.emff.co.uk with the organisers reporting that tickets are already selling fast.