Cumbrian Mountain Festival 2002

Launch at Rheged - 17th April 2002         

Updated 28th April 2002

Sir Chris Bonington - Patron

and very well known local mountaineer. 

Mike Park, Deputy Leader of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team prusiks up the rope to release the flags following the official opening speeches.  His cue was a blast from the Alpine Horn
Simon Yates, local international mountaineer, writer and speaker unfurls the Swiss flag whilst Mike Park, Deputy Leader of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team looks after the home flag before abseiling back down.
A thoughtful Jim Coyles BEM, Team Leader Cockermouth MRT, watches on whilst the speeches continue
The Mayors meet
His Excellency Ambassador Spinner hands out gifts to representatives from the two colleges that took part in the climbing challenge

David Penlington, Swiss Alpine Club and Chairman of the organising committee looks on

His Excellency Ambassador Spinner with the two climbing teams - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (blue) and Ulswater Community College (grey)
Tim Jones, Deputy Leader of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team shares a story in the Rheged exhibition hall.
Representatives from most of the 13 teams in the Lake District pose for the camera whilst holding up the new Kodak outdoor, waterproof disposable cameras handed out to the teams to test.

Jimmy Clethero, Team Leader, RAF Leeming Mountain Rescue Team (top right) will take his back for tornado testing