Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival; this Weekend

by UKC News The fifth Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival is being held next weekend (19-21 October) at the George Square Lecture Theatre. Showing are 25 films together with speakers Stephen Venables, Barry Blanchard, Ian Parnell, Cameron McNeish and Karen Darke. Film highlights include; ?Polldubh ? A Mountain Climbers Paradise? featuring 77 year-old Jimmy Ness repeating his ascent of ?Pinnacle Ridge? ? a severe rock climb – sixty years after he first climbed it.Dave MacLeod, Terry Sullivan and Ed Grindlay are also filmed repeating their first ascents of classic routes in Glen Nevis.Meanwhile local film-makers Hot Aches Productions will screen a special cut of their new film Committed. Plus all kinds of outdoor action and adventure films including the first speed skiing descent of the legendary North Face of The Eiger. Serious issues are explored in Dying for Everest which looks at the morality of climbing in the Death Zone through the eyes of Mark Inglis who reached the summit of Everest last year. However, Mark was strongly criticised for failing to help an incapacitated climber, Englishman David Sharp, who later died on the mountain. For full details of the festival, which is staged in association with Tiso, Glenmore Lodge & Wilderness Journeys, see www.edinburghmountainff.com. Tickets and free programmes are now available from selected Tiso stores and the Alien Rock climbing centres.