BAF News Archive Sept 2012

30th Sep 2012

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Posted on 11:44am Friday 28th Sep 2012
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 Top outdoors photographer John Beatty talks eloquently about his photography with images from his brilliant book Wild Vision.

Click here to watch what Outdoors Magic editor Jon Doran describes as:  "a cracking podcast interview with Peak District based outdoor, wildlife and travel photographer John Beatty talking vividly about his approach to photography and his mission to photograph 'what something feels like, not what it is .. the atmospher and texture of an area'. It's accompanied by a selection of stunning images from his book Wild Vision."

Posted on 10:18pm Thursday 27th Sep 2012
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Visit Buxton
Thanks to Visit Buxton for featuring us on their website and in their Autumn Pure Buxton What's On Guide.

Posted on 6:02pm Thursday 27th Sep 2012
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Thanks to Coven Magazine for fab preview of Buxton Adventure Festival featuring top female athletes:

  • Squash Falcolner, adventurer & mountaineer
  • Kate Rew, Director of the Outdoors Swimming Society
  • Maddie Thompson, Paralympian wheelchair basketballer
  • Anna Glowinski, racing cyclist, fashion designer and ITV Cycle Show presenter

Look out for a Day in the Life feature with Maddie in issue 3 out in October. And read all about Katy Dartford’s adventures with Squash Falconer in the Aosta Valley.

Posted on 3:53pm Thursday 27th Sep 2012
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Derbyshire mountaineer and adventurer Squash Falcolner tells the Buxton Advertiser about her latest flight from the top of one of Europe's tallest mountains and her other record-breaking achievements. 

You can see Squash talk on Saturday 20th October.

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Posted on 3:51pm Thursday 27th Sep 2012
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We're very excited to have teamed up with the Derbyshire Village Games, High Peak Borough Council and the University of Derby's newly opened Outdoor Education Centre to put on a host of exciting outdoor activities for kids and families both days during the festival.

More details and tickets here.

Posted on 1:27pm Thursday 27th Sep 2012
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I got an email yesterday from a prospective sponsor asking if I was involved with the Adventure Festival. I asked her if she meant the series of film screenings at main-street cinemas sponsored by Nissan, and she concluded that actually, that didn't sound like much of a festival. I think it's great that adventure films are screened in proper cinemas, but to call it a festival is a little rich in my book. 

As such, I was a little concerned to be calling the Buxton Adventure Festival a festival. Initially all it was was a series of speakers and films in a single venue across two days, a lot more festival like than the same compilation of films screening in different cinemas on different nights, but still some way short of a real bone fida festival in my opinion. Granted, we were thinking more long term when we coined the name, planning  to grow it into more and bigger venues, but I am now sleeping a lot more easily as we've teamed up with the University of Derby, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire Village Games to put on a load of activities for families and kids, and the Buxton Walking Festival organisers (their event usually takes place in April / May) are arranging some walks on the weekend of BAF (details soon).

Now that's a proper festival (Latitudes):

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Posted on 3:52pm Thursday 20th Sep 2012
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Read about photographer John Beatty's thought-provoking interview on the changing nature of photography and seeing Yeti footprints in the Himalayas in the Buxton Advertiser
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Posted on 3:57pm Tuesday 18th Sep 2012
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The new 2013 editions of the much awaited John Muir Trust Wild Nature Diary and Wild Nature Calendar are now available from just £11.50 for the calendar (or three for £30) and £14.99 for the desk diary (or three for £40) or both for £23 they make a  perfect gift, Christmas stocking filler or treat for your home or office.

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Posted on 3:59pm Saturday 15th Sep 2012
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Thanks to the Bike List for featuring BAF - read more on the Bike List


Posted on 4:03pm Friday 14th Sep 2012
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Double Celebration for Peak District Outdoors Lovers as BAF backers Derby University Buxton Open New Outdoor Pursuits Centre to Kick off Buxton Adventure Festival Weekend

Contact: Lissa Cook - 01663 751 126 / 07818 411 791 /

Press release:  EMBARGOED 00.01 Thursday 13th September 2012

Heason Events are proud to announce that Buxton Adventure Festival backers the University of Derby Buxton are hosting a double celebration to mark both the formal opening of their new 58 acre outdoor pursuits centre and the launch of the town’s latest festival.  

On Friday 19th October - the evening before the festival starts - Kenton Cool, one of the world’s best climbers who has summited Everest a remarkable ten times, will be the University’s guest of honour at a joint reception at the Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Strategic Director of the University of Derby Buxton, said: “All of the improvements to Oaklands Manor and its 58 acres of surrounding land will be unveiled as we officially open the centre with help from a very big name in the adventure world, Kenton Cool.”

“A great deal of work has been going on at our new outdoor pursuits centre over the summer to make sure it’s in fantastic shape for our Adventure, Countryside and Outdoor Management students returning to Buxton or starting their studies with us in September.  We hope that many of our students and members of the Buxton community will join us on Friday 19th of October to celebrate.”

Peak District events consultant Matt Heason, Heason Events, the team behind the annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) and who co-organise Sheffield’s summer outdoors festival Cliffhanger, says he’s been bowled over by Buxton’s enthusiastic response to the town’s brand new festival:  

Matt Heason says:  “It’s overwhelming just how much support we’ve had.  We were originally planning a low key event to test the water and have been delighted with the positive reaction from the University and High Peak Borough Council, as well as from our new patron Mike Tomlinson and all our sponsors.  The facilities at the Oaklands Outdoors Centre are superb and will allow us to put on a brilliant afternoon of activities for our younger audience inspired by our Young Adventurers’ morning sessions.”

Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Cllr Caitlin Bisknell says they are keen to harness the festival’s visitor potential, especially in light of the future transformation of the Crescent into a five star hotel spa.  She says:  “The festival will strengthen Buxton’s reputation as a festival town and cement our credentials as a major adventure destination in the heart of the Peak District.  The festival’s timing couldn’t be better as it helps to extend the tourist season and fits well with council plans to attract retailers specialising in outdoor sports and leisure equipment, as part of a wider campaign to bring a range of new shops into Buxton." 
oaklandsbuxtonDr Peter Dewhurst (centre) at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS The festival programme of illustrated lectures followed by short films will be packed with speakers from the world of adventure, travel, photography and sport.  Headline speakers include downhill mountain bike World Champion Danny Hart (interviewed by ITV Cycle Show presenter Anna Glowinski) and the Queen’s Olympic Opening Ceremony stunt-double Gary Connery who this summer became the first person to jump from a helicopter without a parachute.  

The weekend feature some of Derbyshire’s finest adventurers and athletes including Derby born adventurer Squash Falcolner who climbed Everest and was the first British woman to paraglide from the top of Mont Blanc.  There’ll be talks from Bamford’s internationally renowned travel photographer John Beatty and Belper writer Gordon Stainforth - who’ll be talking about his latest book ‘Fiva - An Adventure that Went Wrong’ chronicling he and his twin brother’s brush with death on a teenage climbing expedition.  Other speakers include author of cult fell running book ‘Feet in the Clouds’ Richard Askwith (interviewed by adventure sports writer Nik Cook); Director of the Outdoors Swimming Society, Kate Rew; and award-winning cave-diver and film-maker Gavin Newman.

And on Saturday and Sunday mornings they’ll be two special Young Adventurer sessions with stunt mountain biker Danny Butler and Castleton’s very own 17 year old Paralympic basketballer Maddie Thompson, fresh back from the 2012 Games, followed by an afternoon of activities.


Click here to download a pdf version of this press release

Notes to Editors:

Please note, Friday night’s reception will be an invitation only event.  Kenton Cool is not speaking as part of the main festival weekend.  For media enquiries or invitation requests please contact Joanna Colburn on or 01332 593004.

For Buxton Adventure Festival press enquiries please contact Lissa Cook at or 07818 411 791.


For high resolution Buxton University Outdoor Pursuits Centre and Kenton Cool photos click here.
For Buxton Adventure Festival images (web res and high res) visit our press room.

When?  Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 October 2012

Where? Pavilion Arts Centre, part of the Buxton Opera House

Tickets? From Buxton Opera House.
Adults: £10 for 1 session (or multi-buy savers - £18 for 2, £24 for 3, £28 for 4, £30 for 5)
Full Time Students & Under 16s: £5 for 1 session (or multi-buy savers - £9 for 2, £12 for 3, £14 for 4, £15 for 5).

Family saver ticket: (2 adults and 2 under 16s): £20
Posted on 4:02pm Friday 14th Sep 2012
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The team behind the annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival say they've been bowled over by Buxton's enthusiastic reponse to the town's new festival.

Read more in the Buxton Advertiser.

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Posted on 4:04pm Wednesday 12th Sep 2012
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Buxton Adventure Festival speaker Gordon Stainforth has been short-listed for the prestigious 2012 Boardman-Tasker Prize- the Man-Booker of the mountaineering world - for his new book "Fiva - An Adventure That Went Wrong."  The winner will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on November 16th.

Gordon told Heason Events:  "It's a great honour.  It’s the Booker award really of the climbing literature world.  I’m thrilled to bits.  You have to accept that even if you don’t win it’s still like getting a bronze medal at the Olympics.  People say you’re exaggerating when you say that, but all I can say is they haven’t written a book if they think it’s trivial!"

In response to Joe Simpson, best-selling author of 'Touching the Void' calling 'Fiva' a "wonderful, nostalgic, gripping, classic epic yarn with great humour [that] deserves to win many many awards", Gordon told us:  "I know Joe quite well, though he’s not exactly a close friend - so to have people like that respond and say nice things is very encouraging."

He added:  "It's extremely satisfying to have good reviews from great climbers like Stephen Venables and Chris Bonington but what is almost equally satisfying - possibly more - is when non climbers have come to me and said how much they’ve enjoyed the book.  That to me makes it almost more satisfying and successful - that it gets through to anybody and it’s not just a specialist mountaineering story."


You can hear Gordon's illustrated talk followed by two excellent short climbing films (50 Years in the Mountains and Samsara) at 5pm on Sunday 21st October.  Tickets are available to buy now from Buxton Opera House.

Belated post holiday congratulations from the Heason Events Team to Gordon!  Below is my review of the book.  You can read lots more and buy a copy of Fiva on Amazon

FIVA, An Adventure That Went Wrong by Gordon Stainforth, review by Lissa Cook

I need to preface this review with a) a declaration of interest and b) a declaration of incompetence.

Author Gordon Stainforth is one of the speakers at Heason Events’ latest venture - the Buxton Adventure Festival (October 20-21  I do Matt Heason’s PR so it’s in my self-interest to big up Gordon’s book.  I confess if I’d hated this book, I’d have kept my mouth shut.  

I should also point out that, though I do the PR for an adventure sports events company and am married to an adventure sports journalist, I’m possibly the least adventurous person I know.  I’m an omniphobe and though I overcame my fear of heights last year with the help of a brilliant neuro-linguistic programming course (run by Will4Adventure) i’m the least likely person to be found a few thousand foot up a sheer rock face.  A 50ft climb on Stanage is likely to be the summit of my climbing achievements.

So I picked up the book after a run on Saturday thinking I was being dutiful and getting a bit of PR research under my belt.  Fast-forward 6 hours, a bag of toffee and numerous cups of tea later and I’d had one of those holy grail of reading moments - a truly unput-downable read.

Fiva (pronounced Fever) is the tale of the near-death experience Gordon and his twin brother John had on Store Trolltind - the highest mountain in the Romsdal region of Norway back in 1969.  A 40th anniversary return trip prompted the belated comparison of log-books and reconciliation of often differing memories.  Gordon chose to write in the first person as his 19 year old self.  I confess I was very dubious about this, thinking it was a bit of a pretentious device and would inevitably end up sounding contrived.  Two pages in and I was totally immersed.  

I don’t want to spoil the story - save to say that you know when two climbers set out on a trip on a Sunday morning leaving a note saying they’ll be back by dinnertime and only take three cheese sandwiches and a couple of fruit and nut bars between them that - in true Hollywood style - it’s all bound to go horribly wrong.  It does.  

What’s refreshing is that you’re swept up in their youthful, naive enthusiasm and enjoy their close rapport and silly in-jokes.  The story’s tinged with sadness because of their mother’s recent death from cancer and their father’s obvious desire to give his boys a taste of freedom to help them deal with their bereavement.  The description of their feelings of guilt and shame at the torture they will put their father through the moment when it appears they aren’t going to get down the mountain are truly touching.

My other concern was that this first person, historical narrative would mean the adventure had no context.  So John’s afterword was unexpected and welcome, giving me an interesting insight into his perspective on what had gone wrong and reflections on lessons learned.

I really can’t recommend the book highly enough.  If you loved Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, you’ll love this.  And, forgive the plug, but I really can’t wait to hear Gordon’s illustrated talk in Buxton in the autumn followed by two classic climbing films - Mountain Equipment’s historical retrospective “50 Years in the Mountains” and Samsara - Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk’s account of the first attempt on this Himalayan face.