The media-rich world we have the pleasure of inhabiting is proving to be a useful platform for celebrity climbers and their sponsors. The Kendal Mountain Film Festivals have appointed Leo Houlding as their new patron and, in conjunction with Berghaus, sponsor of both Leo and the Festivals, arranged a wee stunt in Manchester last week where Leo climbed The Printworks building in front of a bank of cameras to launch the festivals. The pictures that were released make the climbing look fairly trivial for somebody of Leo´s calibre, but to the non-climbing masses it surely looks death-defying. We´re not quite sure why climbing a building in Manchester should launch an event in Kendal, but there we are. A very busy man, Leo is also currently featuring in Berghaus adverts at cinemas around the country before the latest James Bond flick. In the adverts he slacklines across from the Lost Arrow spire to promote a new range of Big Wall clothing and equipment from Berghaus. On the back of this he´s making an appearance at Blacks in Liverpool (on the 25th of November) to sign books and chin-wag with joe public.Meanwhile Sir Ranulph Fiennes continues on his crusade to raise stacks of cash at the same time as going climbing and mountaineering. He recently climbed The Old Man Of Hoy featuring on ITN news, and in March 2007, aims to climb the North Face of the Eiger and raise £1.5 million for the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme. Guided by Kenton Cool and photographed by Ian Parnell you can be sure we´ll hear all about it when it happens. Ran raised £1.7million on his Everest trip last year where he narrowly failed to reach the summit. ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–