Cumbrian  Mountain Festival

A celebration of life in the Lake District       

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(Page updated 3/5/03) - for post event photos see here

Note the Lake District Climbing Challenge 2003 - this will take place at three Mountain Rescue Venues (19th, 20th, 21st) and involve the TV famous rotating, tilting climbing wall.  If you think you can 'hang on' you will be well on the way to winning a much prized medal.  See for pictures of this unique wall and click here to see what you can win.  If Tony Cunningham MP can do it, so can you (he will be at the Keswick MRT event at 12.00 pm on the Easter Saturday (20th April)


Mountain Rescue Team Contact

Proposed Involvement


Cockermouth MRT

Derek Tunstall



  •   "Remote Lakeland" - Lecture by Eric Robson.  Extremely informative and inspiring talk by Gardner's Question time presenter and TV personality Eric Robson.  Superb video footage included.  - At the Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth - Tickets £6.00 available from the Box Office 01900 826448 
Friday 25th April at 7.30 pm
Duddon & Furness MRT

Tracey Binks


Harry Ashcroft



  • Official Launch of the new team - the amalgamation of the old Millom FSRT and old Furness MRT - press day


  • Illustrated Talk 'Islands in the Stream' by Mick Tighe at the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 7.00 pm.  Booking Office 01229 587140 - (activity complete and was a great success with 90 attending the lecture)


  • Base Open Day for the general Public - Foxfield Business Park, Broughton-in-Furness, 10 am to 4 pm - Mountain Rescue Displays, RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter Displays and Countywide Climbing Competition on ‘The Rock’ computerised climbing wall as seen on Blue Peter and Tomorrow’s World – Free entry, no experience required. Medals to be won.  Plus other children’s competitions 


Sunday 13th April


Tuesday 15th April



Saturday 19th April

Easter Saturday

10.00 am till 4.00 pm



 Kendal MSRT

Liz Parkes



·       Lecture ‘Big Mountains Little Men’ by Dr. Jim Fotheringham at Kendal Town Hall

Tickets £6.50

[Lecture held ~ 110 guests

£700 raised for charity]



·       Lecture ‘RAF MRT Goes to Mount Everest’ by Dan Carroll and Heavy Whalley at Kendal Town Hall

            Tickets £5.00

[Seating for 400 maximum]









7.30 pm

Keswick MRT



·        Base opening at Keswick Lakeside car park.  Rolling, tilting climbing wall challenge ( Medals to be won). RAF Sea King Helicopter appearance and possible winching of Search Dog and Handler demonstration (weather permitting)

·        Local MP Tony Cunningham, a keen supporter of Mountain Rescue will be there from midday on the Sunday 20th to participate on the wall


            10.00 till 4.30 p.m.




Sunday 20th April 2002

 Langdale /Ambleside MRT

Steve Haltom




·       Support events at Brockhole including rolling climbing wall ( Medals to be won )on Monday 21st April - 10.00 am till 5.00 pm.  RAF Rescue Helicopter will demonstrate winching a rescue dog and its handler (weather permitting)


·     Display in Entrance at Charlotte Mason on evening of 16/4/03 to support LDNPWA

20 &21April





SARDA (Lakes)

Mick Guy

·       Support events where possible i.e. Duddon & Furness open day, Keswick open day, Brockhole event 'Spring into Easter'





19 - 21st April

Wasdale MRT


Saffron Price-Walter

·       Lecture ‘Islands in the Stream’ by Mick Tighe at Whitehaven Civic Hall - (event completed with around 50 attending the lecture £270 raised for the team)

            Tickets £5.00

 ·       Lecture ‘RAF MRT Goes to Mount Everest’ by Dan Carroll and Heavy Whalley at Whitehaven Civic Hall

 Tickets £5.00



7.30 pm




7.30 pm

RAF Boulmer

Mike Holman  or

Terry Williamson



·        Available to provide training sessions and displays for MRT’s linked to the years programme.

·        Available for Duddon Furness, Keswick and Brockhole and  events during Easter weekend if operations allow







RAF Leeming MRT

Jimmy Clethero

MRT Leader


·       Available to support LDSAMRA MRT events – not Easter weekend but RAF Stafford will support if they are around  


Derek Tunstall

Chairman LD Park Wardens

·       Lecture ‘Mountain Millennium’ by Mick Tighe at Charlotte Mason College, Ambleside 

            Tickets £5.00 

- opportunity for LAMRT to support (and collect) at door although ticket sales go to voluntary wardens

(event held and was great success with over 90 visitors attending this unique lecture - first ever showing)




7.30 pm 


Richard Warren



·       Support to the teams across county

·       Co-ordination costs


·       Rolling Climbing Wall for Easter weekend 3 days



November to  April 30th


200319-21 April

  For details of the events that took place last year and a background to the festival see here


Page created February 2003 by ......Wasdalemrt