Mar Lodge Mountain Film Festival
In its second year now the Mar Lodge Mountain Film Festival is 2 nights of adventure films inlcuding low budget local shorts and large scale expedition footage from the wildest reaches of the planet.
After enjoying the last year's films we returned to take in the 2017 offering. Friday was spent in Glenshee mixing skiing, snowboarding and hiking to get us in the mood for some outdoor cinema.
First up was "North of the Sun"; a cracking film documenting 2 surfers enjoying the winter waves in the artic circle whilst living in a self-built beach hut. Definitely worth a watch and bound to fill you with the desire to head off on your own adventure.
We also took in "The Last Great Climb" in which Leo Holding assembles a team to take on Ulvetanna in Antartica. A bigger budget all action film. The first night was concluded with a Scottish backcountry skiing short film; an insight into the burgeoning scene.
After a night at Derry Lodge and a wild walk up Beinn Bhreac we returned for night two. This was the "extreme" night and we took in 3 more films. The world famous Alex Honnold took on his first alpine style expedition with the wrong crampons and a single ice axe to share with his slightly more experienced partner Tommy Caldwell. In an entertaining video diary the pair attempt to make "A Line Across the Sky" and complete the previously unclimbed Fitz Roy traverse.
The second night was completed by some incredible kayaking in "Chasing Niagra" and a philisophical look look at ultra trail running and ski mountaineering in "Summits of My Life". Rafa Ortiz goes after a childhood dream to paddle the Niagra falls and Kilian Jornet chases fulfilment through the mountains, but this can come at a very high price.
“We can’t be sure we’ll find it, but we’re going in search of happiness.”