Chris Bonington – OWPG President and patron of the MHT (Photo: Jonathan Williams)
The Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) officially opened its new premises at the stunning Blencathra Field Studies Centre on Friday 24 March 2017, saving many famous items – such as items of mountaineering kit used by OWPG’s very own president Sir Chris Bonington – from a dusty end. All thanks to a donation from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).
The MHT, whose patron is OWPG President Sir Chris Bonington, aims to document Britain’s vibrant climbing and mountaineering history and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibitions and sets up gallery exhibitions. The current collection includes many other items from famous mountaineers as well as those from Sir Chris Bonington.
The MHT already receives £30k per year from the BMC to help with its running costs; and the BMC were delighted to be able to contribute a further £25,000 (via a legacy donation) to help the MHT move from Penrith to Blencathra.
The Blencathra Centre will now be the main location for their collection of mountaineering history items in the UK. Sharing the site with the Field Studies Council, it will offer exciting new opportunities to bring mountain heritage alive to young people who visit the centre.
Sir Chris Bonington, OWPG President and patron of the Mountain Heritage Trust, says: “I am delighted with the Mountain Heritage Trust’s move to the Blencathra Field Studies Centre. It is the perfect home for the Mountain Heritage Trust, in a wonderful mountain environment.”
The spring 2017 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (not suitable for Android or iOS devices) or downloaded as a PDF. If you are an editor or publisher and want to know something about somewhere or you want somebody to go somewhere, then the chances are that someone from the OWPG is there already, has just come back or is about to set off. Take a look and see if one of them can help with your editorial requirements…
Do you ever stop to think about what outdoor equipment you really wouldn’t leave home without? Three OWPG members recently did and you can find out what they chose in the latest edition of Outdoor Focus.
To read OF on Yudu click here. You can also download a PDF version of OF – to read offline on PCs, tablets or smartphones – by clicking here.
Cumbria Magazine has published a seventieth anniversary commemorative issue, which includes a facsimile of the very first issue of the magazine, published in March 1947. For further information and to obtain a copy please contact Dalesman Publishing t: 01756 701381 www.dalesman.co.uk
On 29 April Lakeland Mountain Guides are aiming to beat both the spectacle and the fundraising total of last year’s Catbells Festival of Lights.
The plan for 2017 is to light up Barrow, Stile End and Outerside, making it look like three lines of Nepalese Prayer Flags.
This year Matt and John from Lakeland Mountain Guides will be raising money for PHASE Worldwide, a very active charity providing support to the people of Nepal. There is a recommended donation of £20 per person, however this year they are hoping people will also seek further sponsorship! The fundraising target is £10,000!!
For further information check http://www.lakelandmountainguides.co.uk/lakeland-festival-of-light-2017
Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra by Terry Abraham will be screening tonight at 9pm on BBC Four. Make sure you don’t miss it!
The winter 2016 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (not suitable for Android or iOS devices) or downloaded as a PDF. If you are an editor or publisher and want to know something about somewhere or you want somebody to go somewhere, then the chances are that someone from the OWPG is there already, has just come back or is about to set off. Take a look and see if one of them can help with your editorial requirements…
The Autumn Edition of Outdoor Focus (ably edited and put together by Stephen Neale) is now available to view online.
There’s a compelling article by Gary Richardson about why DSLRs have “run aground on a Mirrorless tide”
A photo-montage and highlights of the AGM at the Isle of Wight
Ronald Turnbull charts his way through the hazards of map publishing for outdoor writers – a very useful topic for any of us getting into self-publishing of routes online or in print.
And as usual book reviews, movie making, the mystic world of Mr Main and Kev sounds off again (this time reminiscing about how some London children were evacuated to a hill underneath a German bombing route).
The paper issue (for those who haven’t requested digital-only OF) will be arriving in the next few days, or download the PDF version for tablets and other smaller devices.
Steve Laycock receives the Derryck Draper Award for Technical Excellence from Dennis Kelsall. ©Di Taylor
At the OWPG Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Medina Valley Centre on the Isle of Wight on 8 October this year, Pertex Ltd were announced as this year’s winner of the Derryck Draper Award for technical excellence for their revolutionary CS10 Technology fabric.
On Wednesday 2 November Dennis Kelsall, former Chairman of the Guild presented the award to Steve Laycock, Brand Director of Pertex at The Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe. This is the second time that Pertex have been presented the award, the first being in 1999.
Speaking about the award the Guild judges said “whereas in general there had been little innovation seen in the outdoors technical market in the past 18 months, the Pertex CS10 technology fabric was truly ground breaking.“
Pertex fabrics with CS10 technology use yarns with unique diamond shaped filaments, which lock together to provide a very stable construction. These tightly interlocking filaments give the fabric superb abrasion resistance along with improved water beading properties.
For further information on Pertex CS10 fabric please contact the Pertex Marketing & Design Centre, Twitter Lane, Waddington, Clitheroe, BB7 3LG. Tel. 01200 444123.
For those who were at the AGM weekend at the Isle of Wight, the Awards Special will bring back reminders and memories of the various outdoor and indoor events. For all of us, it also showcases our prizewinners, with extracts from Jacquetta Megarry and Max Landsberg’s ‘Trek to Everest’ (Best Guidebook), Judy Armstrong’s ‘Land of the Crusades’ (Best Feature) and Chris Howes’ photos of Bridge Cave (Photography Award). The Awards Special is available online here, or as a pdf download here.