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The acclaimed Dundee Mountain Film Festival returns this November with a packed programme. Here’s our selection of the highlights

November 23-25 2017

Dalhousie Theatre and Bonar Hall, Dundee

The 35th Dundee Mountain Film Festival begins on 23 November this year. The UK’s longest continuous-running mountain film festival showcases an international programme of speakers, award-winning films and exhibitions.

The 2017 event presents two evening programmes on the 23rd and 24th, and a full day’s programme on the 25th. There is also a supporting exhibition of art, photography, trade and voluntary organisations’ stands and displays on the 24th and 25th.

To book tickets, head to www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk. There will be limited ticket availability at the door.

Selected programme highlights

There’s loads to look forward to in the DMFF programme, but we’ve selected a few highlights we think will be of most interest for our readers. A full programme can be viewed here: http://www.dundeemountainfilm.org.uk/programme.htm

Richard Else: Wainwright Revealed – a 40-year love affair with Scotland

19.30-21.00, Thurs 23

Wainwright might be best known for his pictorial guides to the Lake District, but he also made many yearly visits to Scotland and produced five volumes of drawings of the Scottish landscape. Richard Else gives an insider’s insight into Wainwright in Scotland.

Devotion (Libby Peter)

19.00-19.16, Fri 24

British Mountain Guide Libby Peter, one of the UK’s most respected climbers, reflects on how climbing has shaped her life from childhood to motherhood.

Due North Alaska (Luke and Hazel Robertson)

20.59-22.11, Fri 24

From May to August this year, Hazel and Luke sea-kayaked and biked over 1,600 miles through the Alaskan wilderness, paddling through the Inside Passage of the Pacific Ocean, and cycling the infamous dirt road of the Dalton Highway. Luke and Hazel will discuss the rewards, challenges and wildlife they faced when they headed off into the unknown, whilst revealing the shocking environmental changes seen, culminating in a surprising end to the expedition.

The Bothy Project (Jen Randall)

09.30-09.50, Sat 25

Four female artists travel to Shenavall Bothy to untangle their need for outdoor space by exploring the surrounding wild land.

10.13-10.23, Sat 25

Eathie (Mike Webster and James Roddie)

The Black Isle’s obscure Eathie Gorge is little known despite being close to civilisation. TGO contributor James Roddie makes potentially the first descent.

Ben Dolphin: The Evolution of a Hillwalker

10.59-12.16, Sat 25

Ben Dolphin, a West Lothian Council Ranger, President of Ramblers Scotland, avid blogger, and regular contributor to outdoor magazines realised that by slowing down and stopping to observe and take in the surroundings, there was is much more to the hills. Ben looks back at his own outdoors evolution from ‘bagging beast’ to ‘faffing nature nut’, and ponders the impact that hillwalking has had on his life.

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

15.18-15.56, Sat 25

Enjoy a ‘day off’ by bike exploring the rural landscape around Aviemore – Danny MacAskill style.

Hard Rock (Paul Diffey)

19.16-19.37, Sat 25

Many books have been written about British climbing, but one stands head and shoulders above the rest – the iconic Hard Rock, compiled by Ken Wilson. Featuring never before seen footage of interviews, climbs, and reconstructions, this film is a celebration of Ken’s life.