Media release: Media advisory/photo opp – launch of Fort William Mountain Festival

YOU are invited to send a photographer / camera crew / reporter to a photocall at the Old Fort, Fort William, (on Wednesday 09 February 2011 at 9:45) to launch the tenth Fort William Mountain Festival, a five-day celebration of mountains and the culture that surrounds them, which runs from Friday 11 to Tuesday 15 February 2011.

WHAT: Lochaber hero, Gary MacDonald, the current and six-times Scottish Premier Trials champion and 2010 British Trials champion (Expert A), has turned his hand to a bit of mountain bike trials in the off season.

He will show off his skills at The Old Fort in Fort William with some eight-foot jumps and other new found skills, set against the stunning backdrop of Loch Linnhe and the snow covered mountains beyond.

Gary MacDonald will be attending the Jump Jam on Saturday 12 February, a biking aerials workshop using a giant airbag with ‘land safe technology’ (

It is a safe, painless and addictive means of improving big-air mountain biking without the fear of eating dirt. Gary will be on hand to give his advice to those young mountain bikers attending.

It is rumoured that a few leading names in UK mountain biking will also be attending.

Mike Pescod, chair of the event organisers, Highland Mountain Culture Association Ltd, will be on hand to give a brief overview of this year’s programme of events, competitions, lectures, films, activities and workshops.

LOCATION: The Old Fort, Fort William

DATE: Wednesday 9 February 2011

TIME: 9.30am for 09.45am start

(RSVP:  if you are attending – Paddy Cuthbert – Podge Publicity – T: 07968 699636 / E:


Media contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Podge Publicity | M: 07968699636 | e:

Notes for editors:

The Fort William Mountain Festival, presented by the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, runs from Friday 11 to Tuesday 15 February 2011 –

Festival information:

Book tickets:

Online –
£12.50 for adults / £10 for under 16’s only.

Ticket office – Nevis Centre, An Aird, Fort William / phone – 01397 700 707.
£14 for adults / £12 for under 16’s only.

Festival organisers

The Highland Mountain Culture Association Limited, is a not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places and people, by creating opportunities for people of all ages to share their mountain experiences, ideas and visions. To showcase these ideals, it stages annually a programme of events within the Lochaber area, called The Fort William Mountain Festival.

Sponsors and partners

Presenting partner – the ‘Outdoor capital of the UK’ –

Formed in 2003, the ‘Outdoor Capital’ is a not-for-profit community company established to promote Fort William and Lochaber as one the best places to experience the outdoors in the UK; with the vision: To establish and maintain Fort William and Lochaber as the UK’s premier destination for outdoor pursuits and adventure tourism in an exceptional natural environment.

Visitors interested in the outdoors are increasingly important to economy and community of Lochaber. There are over 65 different activities to choose from in an amazing landscape that encompasses the small isles to Ben Nevis with white water rivers, sea, lochs, beaches, forest, glens, cliffs and mountains in between.

To find out about what the Outdoor Capital has to offer everyone, from the most rabid outdoor enthusiast to those keen to just give things a try, visit:

Major sponsors

Nevis Range –
Rio Tinto Alcan –
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports –
Marine Harvest –
Hotscot –
Scottish Community Foundation –

Supporting sponsors

Allround Signs
HW Energy
Highland Acitivities
Abacus Mountaineering
John Muir Trust
The Granite House
RA Clements Associates
Nevis Cycles

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Contact: Paddy Cuthbert