We’ve been huge fans of the festival since it started its UK tour in 2010 and have been associated with it since its early days in Brighton. It’s a brilliant event, travelling world wide to showcase the best adventure films to the masses and we love it when we get to visit each year.
2015 is a little different as we are proudly celebrating our 10th year running and as a result we were giving away a few special prizes to visitors to the festival. We are passionate about helping people to experience adventure for themselves and we gave away a Kayaking Experience, Rock Climbing Experience and a couple of our awesome, brand spanking new HA t-shirts – stylishly modelled by our lovely instructors in the photos of this post… We even threw in a grand prize – an exciting 2 Day Guided Rock Climbing Course in North Wales!
We had several members of the Hatt Adventures team on hand to chat to people about the exciting trips and courses we offer and we were able to catch up with many old friends with whom we’ve shared adventures over the years including members from Martlet Kayak Club and The Brighton Explorers Club – all in all it shaped up to be an awesome day/evening.
Added to this we had the brilliant opportunity to view both the red and blue screenings of the festival -watching all the awesome films that Banff had to offer this year – and as you can see by the picture – we definitely ate our fair share of chocolate to keep us energised throughout ?
All the films this year were superb, emotive and inspirational and if you haven’t been to the festival before, make sure book a place for 2016… We highly recommend it for a motivational, feel good day/evening out.
Here’s some of our favourites from this year:
Valley Uprising – The history of climbing in Yosemite National Park in 1970’s. – Climbing, drugs, parties and rock and roll! This portrait of the ‘Stonemasters’ highlights their meteoric rise to fame and the Lynn Hill’s legendary first “free” ascent of The Nose on El Capitan.
All My Own Stunts – Rob Jarman stuntman and downhill mountain bike specialist. Following a near-fatal accident, Rob has battled to stay atop both fields. Now setting his sights on a UK mountain bike downhill speed record down Skidaw in the Lake District.
Unridables – Skiing and parachuting in Alaska’s most remote and demanding mountain environment, testing their limits in a massive, volatile landscape of ice and snow.
Into the Ditch – Two friends, one ditch! Need we say more? Also make sure you check out Tashi and the Monk and if you get the chance show your support for the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community, a brilliant cause.
That sums up another great Banff film festival for 2015. Roll on next year!
By Clare Hume