Cotswold Outdoor at Keswick Mountain Festival 2016
This May, a team of Cotswold Outdoor staff packed up their tents and headed up to the Lake District for the 2016 Keswick Mountain Festival. A celebration of all things outdoors, the festival saw 20,000 adventure lovers gather in the beautiful Crow Park, where they were treated to an array of activities, entertainment, live music and sporting events. From climbing to trail running, stand up paddle boarding to mountain biking, there was something on offer for everyone, and we were there for the whole thing.
As the official retail partner we had a stand at the festival which we dubbed ‘The Knowledge’, and our helpful local staff spent the weekend dishing out handy information about anything from how to fit your walking boots to the best trails to run in the local area. In partnership with the National Trust, we ran a map folding competition and a tent pitching competition, with the winner getting to keep their hard-earned map or tent!
World-famous Mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and Camino de Santiago expert Adam Wells were there to deliver talks to intimate audiences, plus we also sponsored The Climb Programme, mobile climbing walls for people to have a go on, plus goody bags for every participant!
For us, the highlight of the festival was the family Geocaching activity. On Friday and Saturday, in partnership with SatMap, we ran a geocaching style treasure hunt, in which teams used handheld SatMap GPS units to track down caches, which each contained a letter. The first thirty teams to spell the hidden word won a Cotswold Outdoor goody bag, and a whole load of respect from us!
We also left some disposable cameras at one of the cache locations. Take a look at some of our favourite team shots below:
If you’d like to know more, check out the Keswick Mountain Festival website.