The 4th Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival will take climbing to a new level when it takes place this coming weekend from 20-22 October 2006. The World Premiere of ?E11? ? the story of Dave MacLeod?s first ascent of the E11 Rhapsody will be a major draw for all climbers and thrill seekers. MacLeod is known for his eloquent narration and interviews which, combined with extraordinary footage caught on camera (including falls of up to 70 feet) by the team from Hot Aches, makes for an incredible film. There are many other contenders for the ?Best Film? prizes (which are kindly sponsored by Tiso & Alien Rock), with films from Poland, Spain and Canada, as well as Dumbarton, East Lothian and, er, Burnley. These include an ascent of Tasmania?s Totem Pole by the Pou brothers, another bothy expedition by Dougie Bonner and friends, and the story of a 79 year old paraglider in the heart-warming and amusing film, ?Grandpa?. Some outstanding ski and snowboard films and several hilarious shorts all combine to create a fascinating selection of films. Films aside, the festival also features lectures from Andy Cave, Tim Emmett, Ben Heason, Guy Robertson and Guy Grieve over the main festival weekend. Their charismatic presentations will cover topics as wide-ranging as Himalayan, Alpine and Scottish climbing, BASE-jumping, scaling the big walls of Angel Falls and living off the land in Alaska. Whatever your interest, these sessions will entertain and inspire you to get planning your own adventures. The festival is expanding this year and is staging a series of events throughout October, many of which are free. These include a photography exhibition by Gary Latter at Edinburgh Fine Art Library, a free lecture by adventurer Neil Birnie at Tiso?s in Leith on 19th October, and several ?Adventure Taster Sessions? which give you the chance to try kayaking, skiing, boarding and climbing. For more advanced climbers, Dave MacLeod and Niall McNair will again run Climbing Master Classes at Alien Rock. Social climbers, meanwhile, can enjoy the social gatherings at the Pear Tree and at the EMFF party on the Saturday night. The festival, which is staged in association with Tiso, Glenmore Lodge & Wilderness Journeys, will again be staged at the George Square Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh University. Over 2,500 outdoor enthusiasts are expected to attend this year?s event. These will include climbers, skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, walkers, as well many others who simply have an interest in travel and adventure. Tickets and free programmes for the festival are available now from Tiso stores and the Alien Rock 1. Check out the website for more details ? ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–