Peebles Outdoor Film Festival 2018

Renowned explorer Benedict Allen – who hit the headlines recently following his ‘rescue’ from Papua New Guinea – record-breaking ocean adventurer Olly Hicks, celebrated ultra-runner Jasmin Paris, Scottish winter climbing superstar Greg Boswell and adventure filmmaker Paul Diffley will be all be there in person when the festival is held at the Eastgate Theatre over the weekend of 26-28 January.

A perfect pick-me-up for any post-Christmas blues, the programme also sees a dazzling line-up of adventure films covering everything from surfing and deep water soloing to slack-lining, mountain biking, skiing and mountaineering.

Tickets are already selling fast for many of the sessions. One highlight is the appearance by Benedict Allan, an explorer and filmmaker known for his technique of immersing himself among indigenous peoples in the far corners of the world.

Allen recently added to his back catalogue of high-risk, solo expeditions when he attempted to regain contact with a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea having first visited them while in his twenties. His subsequent extraction from the country in November made headlines around the world.

Meanwhile, ocean adventurer Olly Hicks will share awe-inspiring tales from the high seas. Since becoming the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic at the age of 23, Hicks has undertaken a range of daunting expeditions on the high seas.  However, his biggest challenge is yet to come as he prepares for the first ever solo row around the world later next year.

Back on dry land, Jasmin Paris, Lucy Colquhoun and Susan Ridley – a trio of elite running stars who have smashed records across the age groups – will reveal all about their running lives; adventure film-maker Paul Diffley will talk about his acclaimed Hot Aches label, and explain why his latest, epic film is perhaps his most difficult undertaking yet; while festival audiences will be among the first to hear about ultra-adventurer Jenny Tough’s latest world first – a solo, unsupported run along the length of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.

The festival also features appearances by a host of inspiring figures from in and around the Borders, all with amazing stories to tell. Between them, Lynne Armstrong (mountain biking), Greg Boswell (winter climbing), David Winton (long-distance cycling), and Geoff Allan (author of The Scottish Bothy Bible) are set to entertain audiences of all ages with tales of adventures near and far.

Festival-goers can also choose from an expanded range of outdoor sessions, from guided mountain bike rides and runs to trekking with alpacas and exploring the John Muir Trust’s property at Glenlude, near Traquair.

The 2018 Peebles Outdoor Film Festival runs from 26–28 January, and is kindly sponsored by John Muir Trust, Peebles Hydro & The Park, Findra, Tontine Hotel and Out & About. Hard copies of the programme are available from the Eastgate Theatre Box Office, or can be viewed online at www.eastgatearts.com