Programme

update 15 July 2024

We hope to have details the full programme up on the website by early August, with the printed version of the brochure folowing this later, but here is some information on our exciting speaker lineup for Friday and Saturday

Friday Evening 6th December 2024

JennyJenny Graham is a Scottish endurance cyclist. In 2018 she became the fastest woman to cycle around the world unsupported.Jenny is part of the Adventure Syndicate (a collective of female endurance cyclists) and a member of Cycling UK. She started cycling in 2004,[2] and was introduced to ultra-distance racing when planning a bike trip to Romania, after coming across the Highland Trail 550.

In 2017, she was awarded an Adventure Syndicate training bursary place where she met cycling coach John Hampshire. He trained her for a year for free after seeing her potential.  After this, she cycled the 750 mile Arizona Trail Race, finishing sixth.

With the Adventure Syndicate, she cycled Land’s End to John o’Groats in four days over New Year, spending about 20 hours on the bike each day and mostly riding in the dark. She described the attempt as “brutal” and “absolutely disgusting”.

Saturday Morning 7th December 2024

Alex Roddie, Photo by James RoddieAlex Roddie is a professional editor and award-winning outdoor writer. He is editor of Sidetracked magazine and an author with Vertebrate Publishing and gestalten, and he writes features, op-ed and gear reviews for The Great Outdoors magazine. His writing focuses on mountains and wild places – their wonder and mystery, nature and adventure, but also their culture.

Alex has been an active backpacker, mountaineer and hillwalker for over 20 years. Since 2015 he has been a passionate long-distance walker and has completed many classic trails, including the Cape Wrath Trail (summer and winter), Tour of Monte Rosa, Haute Route Pyrenees, Toubkal Circuit, and a fastpacking traverse of the Alps. He is based in Scotland with his wife Hannah.

At Dundee he will talk about his adventures on the Cape Wrath Trail in winter, which he has also written about in his book “The Furthest Shore”.

Saturday Afternoon 7th December 2024

AnnaAnna Wells thrives on outdoor adventure of almost any variety, fuelled with an insatiable appetite for moving in the mountains, experiencing wild landscapes, watching sunrises, and building memories. I am probably best known among my friends for early starts, silly ideas, and big days out. Whilst rock climbing was my first love, my passions have broadened to include hill running, alpinism, ice climbing, ski mountaineering, outdoor swimming, mountain biking and most recently… a lot of paragliding!

Having made a name for herself on the UK dry-tooling circuit, represented Great Britain at Ice Climbing World Cups, set the female FKT for both summer and winter traverses of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge and having climbed 55 of the 82 4000m peaks in the Alps, she is now turning her attention to the high mountains and is certainly one to watch in the field of fast and light alpinism.

In 2014 Anna won every dry-tooling event she entered, from local series events to the Petzl Dutch Dry-Tooling Competition and the Thunderdome. That year she also took 2nd place in the British Speed Climbing Championships and 7th place in the British Lead Climbing Championships. The following year Anna gave her best ever World Cup performance, coming a very commendable 11th in Saas Fee, Switzerland.

During these two years Anna also climbed three hard dry-tooling routes: Neomania (M10+, flash) and Ready Steady Hook (M10) in North Wales and Fast and Furious (M10) in Perthshire, thereby joining the very few British females to have climbed the M10 grade and potentially being the only one to have claimed multiple.

2016 was equally busy for the newly qualified junior doctor, who tried her hand at big wall aid climbing, successfully ticking Triple Direct (5.9 C2, 35 pitches) and Lurking Fear (5.7 C2, 19 pitches) on El Capitan during a trip to Yosemite. Back on Scottish soil she set the female FKT of 12 hours for a winter traverse of the Cuillin Ridge.

The following summer Anna returned to Skye to set the female FKT for a summer traverse of the ridge, with an impressive time of 6 hours 34 minutes.

In 2024, Anna completed her winter Munro round on a Cairn Gorm, becoming only the fourth person – and the first woman – to complete a round of all 282 Scottish 3000-foot peaks in a single winter season.

Saturday Evening 7th December 2024

MickMick Fowler balanced holding a full time job with being a family man and a leading figure in the climbing world for over 40 years. He continues to climb despite a cancer problem which resulted in removal of his anus and rectum in 2018.

In the UK he is renowned as a leading adventure climber with numerous ground breaking first ascents on chalk, shale, sea stacks, London drainpipes and other cliffs not previously viewed as suitable for climbing. He was one of the first to rock climb at E6 level (Linden, Derbyshire 1976) and winter climb at Grade VI level (Shield Direct, Ben Nevis 1979.) He has been a regular expedition climber since 1982, specialising in technically challenging, eye catching lines on peaks between 6000m and 7000m.

He was voted the Mountaineers’ Mountaineer in the Observer newspaper, has won three Piolet d’Or awards (the Oscars of the mountaineering world) and has been awarded the King Albert Medal for mountain achievement. He has also written four books about his climbs and won several literary awards.

Until retiring in January 2017 all his climbing was done in his holidays from his job in the UK tax office where he held the position of Assistant Director of Shares and Assets Valuation.

He has served as President of the Alpine Club and is a Patron of the British Mountaineering Council and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria. He lives in Derbyshire with his wife Nicki. They have two grown up children.

Mick’s talk at Dundee will include a brief summary of his climbing life and then focus on his latest expedition;  a most memorable, near disastrous, attempt on Patkhor (6083m) the highest peak in the Rushan Pamir range in Tajikistan, with Simon Yates.

 


Film Submission

Although we do not have a film competition, we welcome approaches from film makers wishing to consider using the Dundee Mountain Film Festival as a showcase for their films. We often have representatives from other film festivals and film makers attending the DMFF.

Our closing date for film submissions is now passed

Contact email for films is allan@dmff.org.uk

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