Female adventurers on centre stage at 2020 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival
A host of fantastic female adventurers will offer inspiration to people of all ages at the 2020 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival. The line-up includes hand-cycling Paralympic gold medallist Karen Darke, natural history presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and world record breaking cyclist Jenny Graham.
The event, from January 24 to 26, also hopes to build on the record audiences of 2019.
What to expect at Peebles Outdoor Film Festival
The festival features a range of big name and “local hero” speakers, award-winning adventure films, and an exciting programme of outdoor sessions led by local activity providers.
In addition to screenings featuring more than 30 short films from around the world, the event also includes two critically acclaimed feature films: Home – the story of British adventurer Sarah Outen’s self-powered journey around the world by bike, kayak and rowing boat – and Final Ascent: the Legend of Hamish MacInnes, an intimate portrait of a Scottish mountaineering icon.
More about the speakers
Karen Darke was paralysed from the chest down following a climbing accident aged 21. Her current Quest79 project – nine rides on seven continents to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association – has already seen her claim a hand cycling gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio; shatter the women’s hand cycle land speed record in Nevada; and ride along the Ganges from its source in the Himalayas. Karen will reveal more about these and other remarkable adventures.
Miranda Krestovnikoff is an author and diving and natural history presenter. Taking a tour of the UK and Irish coastlines, including some of the best stories she has filmed for the BBC’s COAST and The One Show, Miranda will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the items are filmed and what happens when it all goes a bit wrong.
Jenny Graham, of The Adventure Syndicate, recently became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bike. She completed her ride solo and unsupported she covered 18,000 miles in just 124 days, knocking almost three weeks off the previous (supported) record. From dodging tornados and negotiating bear country to dealing with Russian traffic and more, Jenny will offer a humorous take on the highs and lows of one very big adventure.
Other inspirational figures include:
- Father-and-son endurance cyclists Rich and Tom Seipp
- Luke and Hazel Robertson, Explorers in Residence for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and guides for The Polar Academy
- Anna Neubert-Wood, founder of WanderWomen Scotland
- Acclaimed writer and photographer David Lintern who will tell the story of writing the first complete guide to Britain’s three classic 24-hour mountain running challenges, the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay rounds.
Outdoor sessions at this year’s Peebles Outdoor Film Festival include:
Ride outs with the Seipps and Jenny Graham
Mini sunrise WanderWomen experience
Rustic overnight camp at the John Muir Trust’s Glenlude property near Traquair.
Great start to 2020
Programme director Rich Rowe said: “We are particularly pleased that this year’s festival features not just a fantastic line-up of female presenters, but also a really strong mix of films either directed by or featuring women.
“It’s all set to be another exhilarating weekend – and a perfect way to kick start the New Year.”
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