Herve & Marco Barmasse climb their historic new route on South Face of the MatterhornThe North Face, Aug 2010© (c) Damiano Levati / The North Face

Kendal Mountain Festival starts tonight with the The World Premiere of The Prophet – a film by Alastair Lee starring Leo Houlding and Jason Pickles climbing their new free route up the east face of Yosemite's ElCap.The venue is the Town Hall and the time is 7:30pm, both Leo and Al will be there to introduce the film and do a short Question and Answer session after the film. The film is 35 mins long and is taken from the new Psyche II dvd.Other top picks over the festival weekend include Eneko and Iker Pou, Hervé Barmasse, Peter Habeler, Stephan Siegrist, Mike 'Twid' Turner, Dave MacLeod, Tim Macartney-Snape and Timmy O'Neill.Friday night sees the The Slackers Guide To Climbing starring Rab Carrington and Steve McClure and hosted by John Horscroft. Everybody attending The Slackers Guide To Climbing will receive a FREE MARMOT GOODIE BAG!Make sure you get your ticket early for the RAB party on Saturday night.Full details, and there is so much going on at www.mountainfest.co.uk.The NEW Kendal WallIf you are in the area, why not check out the new Kendal Wall. They are part way through a £400,000 redevelopment – finished next year – which includes new lead walls, an extension of existing walls – yes the big wall will get a little taller, a new reception area, meeting rooms, beginner areas, a via ferrata, loads of bouldering and a training room. Three of the NEW bouldering/training areas are now open as well as the usual lead walls.

Some new bouldering at Kendal Wall, just the start of the redevelopment.UKC News, Nov 2010© Mick Ryan

The Kendal Mountain Festival 2010HOW TO BOOK TICKETSThe dates are 18 to 21 November and tickets are available now. Book online – www.mountainfest.co.uk – or by phone 01539 725133 – news as it happens at www.mountainfest.co.ukACCOMMODATIONEasily accessible from the M6 and by train and there are plenty of accommodation options in and around the town but you need to be on your toes as they fill up very quickly over the Mountain Festival weekend.For all your questions, accommodation and travel needs go to www.golakes.co.uk here you will find all the information you should need for your visit to Cumbria, alternatively call the accommodation booking line on 0845 450 1199.www.mountainfest.co.uk

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