Keswick Mountain Festival = Awesome!

The Silver Streak & one half of Team Mongoliando.com (Lina unfortunately couldn’t make it) had an absolutely amazing time at Keswick Mountain Festival.
An awesome weekend of activities in a stunning setting.
I headed up north on Friday night, battling the M62 & M6 (long way round, but much easier than tackling the A65, especially after working nights/not much kip). I met up with Jay, Anna, Josh & also Mike, and went for a top-notch Thai meal.
From there we had a look-in at the opening night party of Nordic Outdoors. Not your average outdoor shop.
Brilliant friendly staff & some first class gear, especially the Aclima base layers, it looks amazing gear.
Having had very little sleep after my nights & even despite the party that went on ’til the wee hours nearby, I was soon snoring my way into the land of nod, kept dry by the mighty Alpkit Zhota that the Alpkit team had kindly put up for me.
(We will be taking a Zhota with us on our trip, an absolute fortress of a tent, highly recommended).
Saturday dawned, grey, but dry & the weather just got better & better. The Festival site soon filled up. Kicking off with a big turnout for the swim-round-the-island in Derwent Water & a well contested Sportive bike race.
The Alpkit stall was buzzing all day, some real bargains were on offer, especially the on-offer Filets. Quite an interest in the tents too. The festival had a great feel about it. Very well organised.
Jay had concocted a great game where we hid a top secret number of Alpkit Gamma headtorches within the Silver Streak. All visible (none in the boot, nor glove locker), which had to be counted, with all correct entries going into the draw to win a pair of these fine headtorches. Not as easy as it sounds, but with sweets on offer, there were plenty of people having a go.
It was great to chat to so many brilliant, brilliant people & also to hang out with the Alpkit team. The Silver Streak received a lot of interest, as did our trip.
I also met a rally veteran who had done the rally last year, who gave me some good tips, which was a bonus. It was good to met and chat to Dave from MyOutdoors, a brilliant website.
The weather behaved itself, the coffee stall served good coffee & the Dare2b Airbag was rammed all day, good entertainment.
Sadly it was all over too soon and I had to head back to Leeds.
A 3hr tootle across the A66, A1, M1, M62 & I was home.
(What I’d give to move back to the Lakes!)
All in all, a BRILLIANT day out. Gutted that I couldn’t stay for the whole weekend, but had a great time on the Saturday.
If you were there & I chatted to you, thanks for taking the time to come & talk about our Big Trip. Please do check out our Facebook page. Photos to follow mighty soon…

Thank you

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