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Friday 2nd 2018

From Home to Home: a walk from Huntly, Aberdeenshire to Munich’
by Claudia Zeiske

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 11.00am
Ticket Price: £10.00

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From Home to Home: a walk from Huntly, Aberdeenshire to Munich’
by Claudia Zeiske

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Village Hall

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From Home to Home: a walk from Huntly, Aberdeenshire to Munich’
by Claudia Zeiske

Speaker Biography: Claudia Zeiske
Overview: Home to Home was a 90days/1800k walk in summer 2017 by Claudia Zeiske walking from her home in Huntly, Aberdeenshire to her childhood home near Munich, where her mother still lives. Triggered by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, this walk connects countries and landscapes, people and stories, in the quest for what home means in our times.

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‘Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s Extraordinary Journey from Flaneur to Fiver’
by Erlend Clouston

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 1.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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‘Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s Extraordinary Journey from Flaneur to Fiver’
by Erlend Clouston

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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‘Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s Extraordinary Journey from Flaneur to Fiver’
by Erlend Clouston

Speaker Biography: Erlend Clouston
Overview: Erlend Clouston is the literary executor of Nan Shepherd’s works including “The Living Mountain,” Erlend’s talk is titled ‘Zen and the Art of Rucksack Maintenance: Nan Shepherd’s Extraordinary Journey from Flaneur to Fiver’. A must for all Shepherd fans. Sell out at Edinburgh Festival!

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‘In High Pursuit – Telling Lives and Landscapes of the Cairngorms’
by Hayden Lorimer

SpeakersTime: 3.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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‘In High Pursuit – Telling Lives and Landscapes of the Cairngorms’
by Hayden Lorimer

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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‘In High Pursuit – Telling Lives and Landscapes of the Cairngorms’
by Hayden Lorimer

Speaker Biography: Hayden Lorimer
Overview: Hayden Lorimer will talk about travelling in the footsteps of those who have made the Cairngorm mountains their own. He will reflect on a range of differing biographical projects, where his subjects have been human and animal, and his method has been to flood landscape with memory, inhabiting past worlds according to labours, loves and letters.

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MTB for Women with Aneela McKenna and Lynne Armstrong

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 3.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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MTB for Women with Aneela McKenna and Lynne Armstrong

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 3.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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MTB for Women with Aneela McKenna and Lynne Armstrong

Speaker Biography: Aneela McKenna
Overview: Bicycling for Ladies Marking 100 Years of Suffragettes on Bikes

Cycling has long been associated with the emancipation of women – from the suffragette days of bikes n’ bloomers to the modern day revolution of women on mountain bikes. In this session, Aneela McKenna from Go Where Scotland and Lynne Armstrong from Air Maiden celebrate the legacy of ‘bicycling for ladies’! They take you on a journey of bikes and their role in women’s emancipation. In the spirit of the suffragette movement and penny farthings, they share sisterhood giggles, personal stories and their passion for the simple act of riding bikes. Be ready for some surprising revelations along the way!

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Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson with special guest Victor Saunders present: ‘The Scottish Winter Climbing Session’

 

Speakers | Evening EventsTime: 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £15.00

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‘The Scottish Winter Climbing Session’,
Mountaineering talk with Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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‘The Scottish Winter Climbing Session’,
Mountaineering talk with Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell

Speaker Biography: Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell
Overview: Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson with special guest Victor Saunders present:

‘The Scottish Winter Climbing Session’

An evening of tall (but true) tales of derring do on the Scottish crags in winter with top Scottish winter climbers Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell. In 2015 Greg and Guy became the first climbers ever to make an on sight, first ascent of a grade 10 winter route.

Guy Robertson is sponsored by Scarpa, Grivel, Oudoor Research and Edelweiss

 

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‘Around the world singlespeed’
with Markus Stitz

Speakers | Evening EventsTime: 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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‘Around the world singlespeed’
with Markus Stitz

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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‘Around the world singlespeed’
with Markus Stitz

Speaker Biography: Markus Stitz
Overview: From 3 Sep 2015 till 27 Aug 2016 Markus Stitz rode around the world with only one gear on his bike, a customised Surly Ogre. During his journey he saw the Aurora Borealis in Iceland, braved minus 17C in New Mexico, pushed up the world’s steepest street in Dunedin, crossed the Australian Outback, cycled through 40 C in Thailand, climbed up to 3150 m in Iran, cycled the Anatolian Highlands and the Alps and rode the famous cobbles of Flanders. All to prove that it can be done. One gear is enough to cycle the world.

‘warm, engaging and fun, with an infectious enthusiasm that had the audience charmed from beginning to end. Watch out for this guy … he’ll be tearing up the adventure film festival circuit for many years to come!’
(Rich Rowe, Peebles Outdoor Film Festival)

More information about Markus and his journey can be found online at www.markusstitz.com

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

Bike-packing workshop – Learn bike-packing secrets from the experts

SpeakersTime: 9.30am
Ticket Price: £15.00

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Bike-packing workshop

Date: Friday 2nd March 2018
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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Bike-packing workshop

Speaker Biography: Markus Stitz
Overview:
Bikepacking is a new form of long-distance cycling, where all your belongings are strapped in bags on the bike. The main difference to conventional cycle touring with panniers is the ability to explore much more than you can imagine. The secret to bikepacking is to pack less, and enjoy more. Learn the tips and tricks from Bikepacking Scotland’s Jay Lamb and Markus Stitz in this workshop. Markus, a round the world singlespeed cyclist, has designed multiple bikepacking routes in Scotland, including the Capital Trail, Central Belter, Wild About Argyll Trail and Reiver Raid. Jay is an experienced cyclist and outdoor instructor and has worked with Markus on designing the Central Belter.

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Gwen Moffat film and talk
by Claire Carter

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Gwen Moffat film and talk
by Claire Carter

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Village Hall

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Gwen Moffat film and talk
by Claire Carter

Speaker Biography: Claire Carter
Overview: Adventure and Creativity in the Mountains with Claire Carter who features in the film Operation Moffat. Join Claire Carter as she talks about how Gwen Moffat inspired her and Jen Randall to make the film and how Gwen continues to influence her life today.

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Four Mums in a Boat – Talk and Film
An incredible story of four Mum’s who dared to dream

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTicket Price: £10.00

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Four Mums in a Boat – Talk and Film

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Four Mums in a Boat – Talk and Film

Speaker Biography: Helen Butters
Overview: Meet Helen Butters of Yorkshire Rows, a team of four formidable mums from Yorkshire who are the first women to row across the North Sea and who also hold a world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. First impressions of these four women is they are not professional sports women rather four ordinary working mums who “dared to dream’

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Talk on Seton Gordon: ‘A Life in Birds and Mountains’

SpeakersTime: 1.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Talk on Seton Gordon: ‘A Life in Birds and Mountains’

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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Speaker Biography: James MacDonald Lockart
Overview: ‘Seton Gordon: A Life in Birds and Mountains’

Seton Gordon (1886-1977) was one of Scotland’s greatest naturalists. A pioneering wildlife photographer and author of 27 books of natural history, ranging from a study of The Cairngorms to two important monographs on the golden eagle. Writer James Macdonald Lockhart will discuss Gordon’s life and work and the influence he has had on his own writing. James is Seton Gordon’s great grandson.

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Adventure biking with the Flanagan brothers
Climb up. Bike down. Ben Nevis

SpeakersTime: 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Adventure biking with the Flanagan’s

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Adventure biking with the Flanagan’s

Speaker Biography: Joe Flanagan
Overview: Taking mountain bikes to the biggest mountain in the UK the mighty Ben Nevis. In this film the Trippin Crew not only find the funniest way down but the most exciting way up. Throw in some snow and a pair of skis and you have winter climb ride mk2.

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Andy McKenna: ‘This Way Up’

SpeakersTime: 5.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Andy McKenna: ‘This Way Up’

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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Andy McKenna: ‘This Way Up’

Speaker Biography: Andy KcKenna
Overview: Andy will introduce his film ‘This Way Up’ about mountain biking with a story that rarely feature on timelines, in tweets or Instagram feeds – ‘This Way Up’ is a ‘broken’ man’s journey by bike through his homeland. Scotland.

Andy McKenna, mountain biker since the 1980’s and a professional mountain bike guide making his living from running mountain bike adventures in Scotland was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2007. Although he didn’t know it then, far from being the end of his mountain bike career and his life, this (apparently) incurable degenerative neurological disease was the start of a different kind of mountain bike journey. A hysterical, ridiculous, rewarding, precious one. If only he knew what lay ahead.

Everyone experiences challenges in life. Some get buried under the veneer of a normal existence. Facebook selfies and glorious Instabangers don’t always tell the whole story. Finding the connection between the realities of life and how we deal with them – when coping from behind handlebars is the primary tactic – and will hopefully strike a chord with many whether they ride or not. Biking helps to cope, to escape and to keep Andy sane.

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Mountaineering night – Double Bill!
with Dave MacLeod and Mollie Hughes

Speakers | Inspiration Woman | Evening EventsTime: 7.00pm
Ticket Price: £25.00

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Mountaineering night
with Dave MacLeod and Mollie Hughes

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Mountaineering night
with Dave MacLeod and Mollie Hughes

Speaker Biographies: Dave MacLeod, Mollie Hughes
Overview: In his talk, Dave will talk about his adventures with pushing his climbing and some key defining moments that provided a catalyst for breaking his own barriers despite a lack of climbing talent and the setbacks he’s had.

Mollie the youngest woman in the world and the first English woman to successfully summit from both the north and south sides of the world’s highest mountain. Join Mollie for an inspiring presentation and firsthand account of climbing Mount Everest.

TisoMollie’s talk is sponsored by Tiso

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Sunday 4th March 2018

Braemar Mountain Rescue Centre visit

SpeakersTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: Free

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Braemar Mountain Rescue Centre visit

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Braemar Rescue Centre

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Braemar Mountain Rescue Centre visit

Speaker Biographies: BMRT
Overview: One of the largest and busiest mountain rescue teams in Scotland will open its doors allowing you to visit their rescue base. See the vehicles and equipment, meet some team members and hear about their operational challenges. Donations welcome on the day.

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Talk on Nan Shepherd
by biographer Charlotte Peacock and optional walk

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 10.00am
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Talk on Nan Shepherd
by biographer Charlotte Peacock and optional walk

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Village Hall

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Talk on Nan Shepherd
by biographer Charlotte Peacock and optional walk to Braeview

Speaker Biography: Charlotte Peacock
Overview: “Into The Mountain” is the first biography of Nan Shepherd, hear from its author Charlotte Peacock. This talk will be followed by an optional visit to Nan Shepherd’s Braemar howff which is a 30 minute walk from the hall involving some gentle uphill.

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Mountain life – an ecological guide to mountain environments
by Rob Brooker

SpeakersTime: 1.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Mountain life – an ecological guide to mountain environments
by Rob Brooker

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Time: 1.00pm
Venue: Colonel’s Bed, Invercauld Hotel

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Mountain life – an ecological guide to mountain environments
by Rob Brooker

Speaker Biography: Rob Brooker
Overview: Mountains are tough places to live. Mountain environments can be cold, cloudy, and wet, and at other times (even in the same day), sun-baked, hot, and dry. In this talk Rob will discuss how plants and animals have adapted to the challenges of living in mountain ecosystems across the globe. Rob will also talk about the types of work ecologists are doing to understand how mountain ecosystems work, and how mountain ecosystems might respond to the many challenges currently facing them around the world.

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Nicky Spinks record breaking distance runner

Speakers | Inspiration WomanTime: 2.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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Nicky Spinks record breaking distance runner

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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Nicky Spinks record breaking distance runner

Speaker Biography: Nicky Spinks
Overview: Hear from the inspirational Nicky Spinks when, in 2016, she made fell running history by becoming the fastest person to run a Double Bob Graham Round. The 49-year-old cancer-survivor marked 10 years post-diagnosis by running the 132-mile Lake District route, which included around 54,000ft of ascent, in a time of 45 hours and 30 minutes.

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‘Mountain Weather Forecasting: How Good can we be?’
with Geoff Monk

SpeakersTime: 4.00pm
Ticket Price: £10.00

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‘Mountain Weather Forecasting: How Good can we be?’
with Geoff Monk

Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Village Hall

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‘Mountain Weather Forecasting: How Good can we be?’
with Geoff Monk

Speaker Biography: Geoff Monk
Overview: British weather has a reputation for changing very quickly. This is not only because weather systems can come in off the Atlantic one after another, but also on arrival over the British Isles the coastline shape and the mountains frequently set up local weather patterns, where sometimes within just a few miles the weather differs considerably. Mountain weather is thus a big subject. In his talk, Geoff will generate a discussion, using experiences and questions from the audience. This will enable key aspects of mountain weather to be discussed. Geoff will also touch on climate change.

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