Wanaka July 1-9, Cromwell July 6, Queen­stown July 7-9

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A taste of the fes­ti­val films

2010 fes­ti­val guest speaker Will Gadd grabs a ther­mal air lift to­wards Mt. Rob­son and then sets flight for the Canada-US border. Along the way the paraglid­ers push the sport of paraglid­ing, or more pre­cisely ‘vol-bivy’, as they jour­ney 640 kilo­me­tres above the Cana­dian Rock­ies, hop­ping be­tween se­ri­ously ex­posed land­ing sites where they’d spend the night. A 35-day jour­ney across rugged land­scapes is the long­est air jour­ney by a paraglider ever recorded.

Show­ing in: Wanaka and Cromwell Wanaka Ses­sion 7: Sun­day July 3, 7:30pm Cromwell, July 6th, 7:30pm The NZ Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val will run from July 1 to 9 in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queen­stown. Tick­ets are avail­able online at moun­tain­film.net.nz and you can grab a pro­gramme at Pa­per Plus in Wanaka and The North Face store in Queen­stown. Snow Show: Ski and Snow­board Ad­ven­tures The Snow Show is a fes­ti­val favourite for Queen­stown and Wanaka lo­cals and yet again it’s ex­pect to be a packed house! The ses­sion will of course fea­ture the 2016 Best Snow Sports Film This movie in­cludes all the things the au­di­ence loves about ski­ing and snow­board­ing films. The film per­fectly cap­tures what it means to go on a snow ad­ven­ture The Moun­tain Book event also gives lit­er­a­ture en­thu­si­asts the op­por­tu­nity to hear from sev­eral speak­ers, at­tend work­shops and en­joy the new for­mat of small in­ti­mate shows in Wanaka and Queen­stown. Two fea­ture shows in­clude:

Key­note Speaker Lau­rence Fearn­ley – From the Tent to the Page

Lau­rence will speak at 7:30pm on Sun­day July 3 at Rip­pon Hall about how out­door ex­pe­ri­ences have shaped her life as a writer. Lau­rence’s award­win­ning nov­els weave to­gether in­sight into the hu­man con­di­tion with our spir­i­tual con­nec­tion to the land. A Kiwi voice is prom­i­nent, as the tales of NZ his­tory and spirit un­fold. Lau­rence’s love of ad­ven­ture shines through her stun­ning lit­er­ary back cat­a­logue. Her nov­els have been staged from Cen­tral Otago, Fair­lie, Mount Cook, South­land with your mates. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy is beau­ti­ful, the rid­ing is in­cred­i­ble and the sound track is per­fect, but what they are do­ing is in­sane! Try­ing to use a tan­dem paraglider to carry them up to some high peaks, then jump­ing off and ski­ing or board­ing down. The show also fea­tures ski and board ad­ven­ture films in the Al­ba­nian Alps, Canada and Rus­sia. The Moun­tain Book Event fea­tures over 30 Speak­ers and in gen­eral ru­ral small town New Zealand.

Old Fash­ioned Story Telling ($15 online, $17 at the door)

Moun­taineers and ad­ven­tur­ers will present in­for­mal re­laxed ren­di­tions of some of their favourite ex­pe­di­tion tales. Th­ese are re­laxed easy-go­ing for­mats with no fancy tech­nol­ogy.

Wanaka sto­ry­tellers: Chris Davenport, Craig Pot­ton. Guy Cot­ter, Ly­dia Bradey, Ed Napia and Al Uren.

Queen­stown sto­ry­tellers: Chuck Berry, Mark Se­don, Tarn Pilk­ing­ton, Steve Gur­ney, Mathurin Mol­gat and Mark Wood­ward.

The book and lit­er­a­ture event will be held at the Rip­pon Hall in Wanaka (July 2 & 3), and also at Me­mo­rial Hall in Queen­stown (July 9).

Tick­ets are on sale online at moun­tain­film.net.nz

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