Keswick Mountain Festival: 15–19 May 2013

The Keswick Mountain Festival is the largest event of its kind in the UK and we’re proud to be the official mapping partner of the Festival this year. Set in the heart of the Lake District, it inspires thousands of visitors to get into the great outdoors, try new activities and enjoy exciting experiences.

The event, which is being held at Crow Park in Keswick from Wednesday 15– Sunday 19 May, promises to be jam packed with leisure activities (cycling, climbing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, triathlons and more) inspirational speakers such as Chris Bonington, Graham Obree and John Beatty, live music, parties, swim clinics and map reading workshops.  If you love the outdoors then this event is not to be missed.

Not only that, but if you book an activity at the Festival, you’ll receive a discount code giving you one month’s free access to OS getamap, our online route-planning and printing service. Over 140,000 routes have been drawn since its launch in March 2011. Subscribers benefit from free A4 Ordnance Survey mapping prints, extra route editing tools and full screen map view all for only £19.99 per annum.

Definitions of fun

Today on the Ordnance Survey blog we’re going to talk about fun. To be more precise we’re going to talk about how you define fun. The idea for this blog stems from a film that I saw at the Keswick Mountain Festival called Type 2 Fun.

Running was just one of the activities in the adidas TERREX adventure race 2010

Running was just one of the activities in the adidas TERREX adventure race 2010

There are three types of fun.

  • Type 1 fun – it’s fun now and will always be fun
  • Type 2 fun – it’s ok at the time – but looking back it was great fun
  • Type 3 fun – it’s not fun now and never will be fun

The film follows the progress of a team participating in the adidas TERREX Adventure Race that took place over the August 2010 bank holiday weekend in Cumbria. If you’re not familiar with what an adventure race is – it’s where teams compete against one another over the space of a few days in a variety of different activities including cross country running, mountain biking, kayaking and orienteering. They can last from a few hours up to ten days – this particular one lasted four days.

Each team of four carried a tracking device with them so that their locations could be tracked using OS OpenSpace – and without this the film could not have been made.

Trying to find an adventure racing team among the Cumbrian fells at any hour of the day or night without OS OpenSpace mapping would be a job more suitable for mountain rescue team than a film unit. The satellite tracking of our team every ten minutes within metres on the ground was invaluable information in planning our shoot and we were able to react to the race developments almost as they happened. It was so easy to check out the website maps from anywhere and the team were virtually glued to the maps all hours of the day and night; a marvelous facility.
Johnnie Walker & Vian Curtis, Bufo Films.

If you can catch the film at one of the Mountain Film Festivals – I can thoroughly recommend it.

Watching the film got me thinking – how do you define fun? What outdoor activities fall into which of the three types for you? For me type 1 fun would be walking along a beach, type 2 fun is running and type 3 would be something like the adventure race that featured in the film – what would your definitions of fun be?

Photograph: BaySearchAnd Rescue on Flickr

Inspirational speakers at Keswick Mountain Festival

Excitement is mounting this week ahead of Keswick Mountain Festival. The event, which is being held at Crow Park in Keswick from Wednesday 19th until Sunday 23rd May, promises to be jam packed with leisure activities (cycling, climbing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, triathlons and more) inspirational speakers, live music, parties, swim clinics and map reading workshops.  If you love the outdoors then this event is not to be missed.

James Cracknell taking part in the triathlon at the 2009 Keswick Mountain Festival

James Cracknell taking part in the triathlon at the 2009 Keswick Mountain Festival

Ordnance Survey is a headline sponsor of the Mountain Festival but to be honest, even without our attendance :-), this would be one of the highlights of the outdoor calendar. Where else can you hear from inspirational speakers such as Leo Houlding and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, take part in a fell race or wild swim, get expert tuition on mountain navigation and round it all off with a funky festival party?

I reckon this will be a fantastic few days, for you, the kids and your friends!

Will you be going? If so, what do you hope to take part in?

Don’t forget, if you’re heading to the Lake District this week you can pick up two paper maps for £10 to help you find your way around the stunning scenery.

Check out our Facebook page for more details on Keswick Mountain Festival.  Hope to see you there!