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Kendal Mountain Festival: what's on today

The Kendal Mountain Festival gets underway today.

Here's a list of some of the events and activities that are happening:

  • Stand-up paddle boarding - 1:30pm
  • Ghyll scrambling - 1:30pm
  • Discover rock climbing - 5pm
  • Catbells evening wander - 6pm
  • Moonlit canoeing - 8pm
  • Via Terrata Xtreme - 9:30pm

There will also be speakers at the Theatre by the Lake:

  • Leo Houlding (climber and adventurer) - 9pm
  • Doug Scott CBE (Mountaineer and charity worker) - 7:30pm
  • Andy Kirkpatrick (climber, author and comedian) - 6pm

You can find the full list of activities here.


Keswick Mountain Festival kicks off

2014 Keswick Mountain Festival Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival is set to kick off today.

It's the first mountain festival, where leaders in climbing, mountaineering and outdoor sports will meet, since the Nepal earthquakes.

It's sent shock waves through the community, many of whom have a connection with the country as mountain ranges around Everest feature many popular climbing routes.

Organisers announced this week that £1 from the sale of each ticket bought over the festival weekend will be donated to Community Action Nepal.

Those going can expect live music, sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers that include Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.

The four-day event, which has been running since 2007, takes place on the shore of Derwentwater and around Keswick.

Mountain Festival ticket sales to fund Nepal relief effort

2014 Keswick Mountain Festival Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick Mountain Festival organisers have announced that £1 from the sale of tickets bought over the festival weekend will be donated to Community Action Nepal.

It applies to all festival entry tickets bought during the event from Thursday 11th May to Sunday 17th May.

Festival organisers say the earthquakes in Nepal have sent shock-waves through the mountain community and this is about doing their bit to support the country.

Community Action Nepal was founded by mountaineer Doug Scott who lives in Wigton in Cumbria. The money raised from the festival will be used for long term support, rebuilding and rehabilitation of remote mountain communities.

Charity task force clearing roads in Nepal

Task force pushes a truck uphill. Credit: ROKPA UK

Charity workers from ROKPA UK, which has its base at the Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfries and Galloway, have had to clear roads in Sindupalchok.

The group has a children's home in Nepal, and has been providing aid since the first earthquake shook the country.

But further landslides were caused by the second earthquake today, and they've made travelling and distributing aid difficult.

The earthquake has caused landslides.

Mount Everest: 'shaken clear of ice'

Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The situation in Nepal is "not good" and Mount Everest was "shaken clear of ice", according to mountaineer and charity worker Doug Scott CBE.

He was the first British man to ascend Everest in 1975, and now runs Community Action Nepal, which is raising money for the relief effort.

He's been in touch with friends and staff members who are in the country, since the latest 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck:


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