Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates Lochaber land­scape

The Oban Times - - Feature -

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.’

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