Festival celebrates Lochaber landscape
HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend events celebrating the Lochaber landscape following the launch of next year’s Fort William Mountain Festival programme.
The event, running from February 17 to 21, will begin with a torchlit ascent of Aonach Mor on skis, snowboards and mountain bikes.
It will also include talks, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions as well as the coveted Scottish Awards for Excellence in
Mountain Culture. Mike Pescod, chairman of organisers Highland Mountain Culture Association, said: ‘The Fort William Mountain Festival celebrates our wild landscape and the opportunities it presents. The mountains and glens that surround us influence our culture in many ways. We want to promote the value of the landscape of Lochaber as the best des- tination in the UK to live, work and play. The mountain festival includes a superb line up of top climbers and explorers, mountain films, inspirational speakers and skills workshops. It’s not just for adventure addicts though, anyone who appreciates the landscape of the Outdoor Capital of the UK will find something for them in the mountain festival.’