These are a few of the many names on deck who will speak at this year's Kendal Mountain Festival, a premier celebration of mountain film, literature and photography. The festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through November 23, and looks bigger and better than ever.
David Breashears starts things off with a presentation about his 1996 experience making the IMAX movie, Everest. Breashears and his crew were on the mountain during one of the most devastating seasons on Everest, and his lecture will feature many never before seen photos.
Those familiar with Russell Brice, one of the better known commercial outfitters on Everest each year and a key figure in Discovery's "Beyond the Limit" program can attend his show Friday night to learn about the trials and tribulations of "Everest season."
A sold-out crowd on Saturday evening will listen to Reinhold Messner--who commemorates 30 years since his historic, oxygenless ascent of Everest--discuss life and "Pushing Limits." Sunday afternoon, Messner gathers with Doug Scott, Russell Brice and Kenton Cool to chew the fat with Stephen Venables about Everest climbing's past, present and future. (Tickets are still available for this event.)
Saturday brings Andy Kirkpatrick's "Brokeback Mountaineering." "He looks back at ten years worth of partners and wonders why no one will climb with him anymore? Intimate tales of man love for the mountains - with and without protection."
Oh, and there are plenty of movies, too.
Word is that Anthony Geffen will be previewing his film, "The Wildest Dream," which documented Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding's May 2007 Everest Expedition as they recreated the footsteps of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine. The full film is set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.