Friday (24th) Evening – Tickets £12: Bonar Hall - Starts 1900hrs
Film: Devotion - Libby Peters
Film UK, 2016 (5 mins) Filmmaker: Matt Pycroft
Libby Peter, one of the UK's most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life, from childhood through becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother.
Film: When we were Knights
Film USA, 2016, (12 mins) Filmmaker: Anson Fogel
For BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected – love.
Film France, 2016, (5 mins) Filmmaker: Vladimir Cellier
High above the Gorges du Verdon, a skillful blend of artists and high-level balancing athletes play a high energy symphony devoted to risk. It’s a hymn that melds visual performance and contemplative poetry into pure entertainment.
Film: Locked in
Film Canada, 2016, (24 Mins) Filmmakers: Reel Water Productions
Deep in Papua New Guinea’s rainforest, a team of kayakers attempt a very committing 13-day first descent in one of the most remote corners of the world.
Film: Four Mums in a Boat
Film UK, 2015, (30 Mins) Filmmaker: Simon Tucker
When four middle-aged working British mums announced they wanted to row the Atlantic Ocean, their families thought they had lost their minds.
There will be an interval of 30 minutes. Refreshments available on both levels. Be sure to visit the art exhibitions and the trade stands.
Presentation: Hazel & Luke Robertson: Due North-Alaska
Join Hazel and Luke Robertson, RSGS Explorers in Residence, as they recount tales from their recent expedition, Due North: Alaska. From May to August 2017, Hazel and Luke sea-kayaked and biked over 1600 miles through the Alaskan wilderness, paddling through the Inside Passage of the Pacific Ocean, cycling the infamous dirt road of the Dalton Highway, and avoiding sea ice while kayaking along the exposed Arctic Coast. Luke and Hazel will discuss the rewards, challenges and wildlife they faced when they headed off the beaten path and into the unknown, while also revealing the shocking environmental changes they observed, culminating in a surprising ending to the expedition.
In early 2016, Luke 'Snow-walker' became the youngest Brit, the first Scot and the second youngest in history and one of less than 20 people in history to ski solo unsupported, unassisted to the South Pole, in Antarctica.
After spending 39 days and 8 hours completely alone on this 730 mile (1175km) journey across the highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent on earth well, he also became the first to do so having undergone lifesaving brain surgery to remove a large mass from his brain in 2014, and with an artificial pacemaker, fitted in 2008.
Recently, Luke and Hazel returned from a world-first expedition through one of the world's last great frontiers; Alaska. Over 75 days, they kayaked and biked over 1600 miles from the Southernmost point of the state, paddling through the Pacific and Arctic Oceans and cycling the distance in-between - taking on the infamous 'Dalton 'Highway to Hell' in the process. On this epic journey they passed through temperate rainforest, high mountain passes, flat tundra and huge glaciers, and got up close to bears, muskox, caribou and wolves. They also witnessed firsthand the rapidly changing landscape and environment of Alaska. Find out more about this epic journey here: www.duenorthalaska.com..
Luke has also completed successful expeditions to Norway and Greenland in both solo and group environments and has competed in a host of long distance endurance events. These include completing, alongside his wife Hazel, in 'the world's toughest footrace' the 'Marathon des Sables' - a 156 mile (250km) race through the Sahara desert, where temperatures exceeded 50°C. Less than a week later, and in tribute to the race, they both completed the London Marathon - in camel costumes.
Again together, the couple completed a 250 mile (400km) run across some of the most awe-inspiring and challenging terrain in the world closer to home, when they successfully completed the Cape Wrath Ultra Marathon Expedition race. Luke wrote an article for the BBC on his experience of this event. Click here to find out more.
Luke is an ambassador for the Polar Academy, Marie Curie and the Greener Scotland Campaign and is deeply passionate about conservation and the environment. Pushing himself to the limits of human endurance, Luke, through health issues, adventures and expeditions, continues to demonstrate the ability of the human character to recover and seek opportunities during the most testing of times.
He aims to encourage, inspire and motivate others to tackle challenges head on, and achieve their own goals in life.
Growing up in Scotland, Alaska and Canada instilled in me a deep sense of love for the outdoors and nature; I was first on skis before I even went to school, and was building tree forts and making fires at the age of nine.
I’ve always had a thing for mountains and snow and have been lucky enough to spend a year in Whistler, Canada, and holidays backcountry snowboarding in Iceland and Scotland. In 2013, with a group of pals, I climbed the technical Western Breach (via the Umbwe Route) of Mt Kilimanjaro to reach the summit at 5895m, unsupported.
But I haven’t always been a runner, let alone an ultra runner. This has only been in the last couple of years. I’d dabbled in occasional shorter runs when younger, but it was completing a half marathon in 2012 that got me wondering: could I run a marathon? It scared me so much that I decided to just enter, and figured I’d work out how to actually run the thing later on.
Edinburgh Marathon in 2013 was my first and I loved it! OK I hated the last 6 miles as I hobbled in pain with cramp (not enough pre-marathon mileage), but I loved that I had been in those dark moments and still managed to push through. The endurance and mental element of it all completely fascinated and intrigued me. OK so I survived a marathon. How far could I go?
Six months later I ran the Glencoe trail marathon, a completely different beast with hilly climbs and rocky descents. Training for that saw me running around the Pentland Hills, near Edinburgh, with my backpack full of snacks, free to continue for as long as my legs could go for. And so began my love of trail running.
The progression from marathon to ultra marathon seemed like a logical step in the quest to see how far I could go, and I completed the gruelling 30 mile Clif Bar Lakes Ten Peaks last year. And from there, multi-day ultra marathons were another logical step. This year I completed the 230km 5-day Ice Ultra above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, and the 400km 8-day Cape Wrath Ultra in Scotland. Both incredible, and incredibly tough.
Running and my love of the outdoors has taken me all over the world, but I feel so lucky to be able to call Edinburgh, Scotland my home. From here I can easily run up nearby Blackford Hill, or be in the Highlands of Scotland or the Lake District in England in only a few hours.
The outdoors has been such an incredible playground for me and I find a real sense of peace and calm surrounded by nature. I am passionate about doing all we can to leave our world in a good place for future generations.