Monday 21 November 2011

COLD, Kendal and weddings

During a busy weekend of Kendal film festival and weddings I managed to get down to the final stop of The North Face speaker series to see Cory Richards and Simone Moro chat about their winter ascent of Gasherbrum II.  After a very inspiring talk -  you felt you got as close as you can to understanding their motivations, friendships and the lows that culminated in the first winter ascent of an 8000m peak in Pakistan, we got to see COLD, the film made about the ascent.

I'm yet to see a mountaineering film that gets me properly gripped and is watchable for the full length, lets face it it's not the most enthralling sport to watch.  COLD was something else though a very different take on the whole mountain film, powerful, honest and raw, more about the story and emotions than the mountain and it really works.  Considering the environment Cory was filming in the footage he has captured is amazing.  Well worth a watch if you get chance to see the full version.

After that it was back up to Kendal for a social night at the film festival (and a quick visit to The North Face office and sneak peek at next winters kit - some very exciting pieces on their way for autumn 2012!), down to the Cotswolds to join Phil and Rowan tying the knot and then back up to Kendal.  All a bit hectic but a very enjoyable weekend and good to catch up with a lot of friend, as always with Kendal I some how managed not to actually see any films or lectures, next time... but a big congratulations to Andy Turner and the rest of The Longhope team for winning The Peoples choice! Looking forward to seeing the film soon.

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