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This year’s Aviemore Adventure Festival sees a host of activities added to the weekend experience


As well as unveiling its list of headline speakers, the Aviemore Adventure Festival (9-12 March) has also announced that, for the first time, the event will also be offering a list of outdoor activities for festival goers to take part in.

The annual festival hosts films, talks and workshops covering a variety of outdoor sports and disciplines and each year it attracts some of the world’s best explorers, athletes and filmmakers – all descending on the Cairngorm town of Aviemore to celebrate the best of outdoor & adventure culture.

Activities

Activity sessions available this year will include  canoeing, packrafting, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and rock climbing with each session hosted by local outdoor activity providers.

There’ll also be skills workshops provided by local experts and outdoor equipment providers such as Leki. They’ll be hosting Nordic Walking introductory sessions exploring the beautiful scenery surrounding Loch Morlich.

Alastair Humphreys

Films on show throughout the weekend will include Kayaking the Aleutians, which won Best Adventure Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival, plus A Line in the Snow, which follows a group of four British Skiers as they set off on an expedition to the wild coastline of East Greenland. This screening will be followed by a special interactive Q&A by The North Face Athlete, Cedar Wright, and UK adventurer Alastair Humphreys. They’ll both be discussing “How to Become an Adventurer” and taking questions on the subject from the audience.

Alastair will also be speaking at a separate session on the Sunday in which he’ll be discussing his past adventures. These have involved cycling around the world, canoeing down the Yukon and taking on hundreds of his self-coined ‘microadventures’.

Another speaker lined up  is Emily Chappell. The Wales to Japan cyclist will  be hosting an evening called the Adventure Session on the Friday evening.

Women in sport

The festival kicks off this year on Thursday 9 March with a day dedicated to celebrating women in outdoor sport. Just one day after International Women’s Day, the festival will feature an introduction to ski touring and split boarding designed to focus on encouraging women to get more involved in the disciplines. This will be followed by a live music event in the evening at The Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore.

Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale now with Individual Session Tickets start from £9 (adults) £7 (students & concessions) and Full Weekend Passes £46. Children under 12 go free (if accompanied by an adult). Full programme listings and tickets are available at: www.AviemoreAdventure.org

The festival is community run and not-for-profit, and proceeds from this year’s festival will be going to support Venture Trust.