GetOutside Champion: Jack Thurston
Jack has been poring over OS maps since very first teenage cycling trips from north London to Hertfordshire and the Chilterns.
Enjoy a fantastic mix of outdoor sports, activities and live music when the Keswick Mountain Festival returns to the spectacular Lake District for the twelfth year running from 8 - 10 June 2018.
Try something new with a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from whatever your age or ability. Pick from sporting activities, taster sessions, family fun and more. Get inspiration from top athletes in the Theatre by the Lake. Hear all about their exciting adventures and pick up some great advice for your own!
The more athletic can run, swim, cycle or combine all three in the triathlon surrounded by the most stunning scenery and challenging terrain. Races include 5-50k runs, 3 open water swimming, 2 triathlons, a cycling sportive and events for junior athletes. So whether you’re competing or just watching, the action is guaranteed!
Swing by the Festival Village for the latest kit, training advice and destination information. Grab a bite to eat with a range of dining options in the Food Village - perhaps with a local ale or two! Then party the night away as the sun goes down with live bands on the Festival Stage on Friday and Saturday nights.
Whether you want to run, swim, cycle, clim or dance around the mountain you can find out more at Keswick Mountain Festival.
James is on a crazy mission to make his life more adventurous, to explore the great outdoors, and to climb as many mountains as possible.
James used to live in a city and work in an office - and he was fed up. So he decided to change things.
In 2015 he walked all 214 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District. In 2016 he quit his job to go backpacking in Australasia. And in 2017 he set a new record by climbing all 446 mountains in England and Wales in just 6 months - the fastest ever time - prompting the Sunday Telegraph to nickname him 'Mountain Man'.
He now lives in the Lake District and works as an adventure travel and outdoors writer.
Jessie is a professional Adventure Photographer and lives for the outdoors.
Photographing people's stories in the outdoors is just one of her many reasons to get outside, exploring some of the UK's vast mountainous landscapes, often in challenging and mixed conditions.
From chasing fickle Scottish Winter conditions to pursuing the next tick trad climbing at her local crag in the Peak District, Jessie's passion is about taking outdoor adventure to the max. Whilst conditions for snow, ice and rock may change, it's her continued enthusiasm for reaching out & welcoming like-minded folk to join her on her next mountain adventure.
When she’s not carrying her camera kit for her next expedition, Jessie will be concentrating on pursuing her own outdoor experience in hiking, climbing, mountain biking (and the occasional odd moment of wild swimming!)
Extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway is the first and only man in history to cycle, swim and run the length of Britain.
He completed the record-breaking feat in 2015 when he ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End in just 44 days, having previously cycled and swum the route.
In 2016 Sean raised the bar once more when he took on the greatest challenge of his life.
Starting in April 2016, he completed a self-supported 4000+ mile, continuous Ultra Triathlon that circumnavigates the entire coast of mainland Britain and Discovery Channel followed Sean’s incredible and dangerous journey.
Dr. Emma Brennand is a journalist, photographer & documentary filmmaker with a passion for wildlife conservation and outdoor education.
Emma worked for the BBC for over 9 years working across BBC News and TV productions such as Springwatch & Autumnwatch before joining the Planet Earth II team where she led teams in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.
She is a keen hiker, climber and working towards her International Mountain Leader. Last year she also caught the wild swimming bug and completed the OSS Bantham Swoosh (6K), Dart 10K and Scilly Isles Challenge (16K).
She is an experienced expedition leader and volunteers for two youth development charities; Youth adventure trust & the British Exploring Society.
We have teamed up with Keswick Mountain Festival to bring you The Ultimate Outdoor Giveaway. You have the chance to win four weekend tickets to the Festival, along with some serious prizes from brands from the likes of us, Adidas, Jack Wolfskin, Timothy Taylor's, and much more!
For your chance to win, check out the competition HERE. It takes 30 seconds!