VIDEO KMF...Fawcett Book and Leo/Lee Film Win

The annual UK tribal gathering of mountaineers and climbers seems to go from strength to strength and this year's Kendal Mountain Festival was another great success with thousands of visitors enjoying three and a half days of films, lectures and socialising in Kendal.

All the prize winners at the end of the festival are listed below. Make sure you watch the full video of the Grand Prize winner since the best bit happens at the end! We will be following this news report up with another longer report from the festival from our roving reporters.

Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature 2010

Judges: Ian Smith, Kym Martindale and Barry Imeson

Winner: Ron Fawcett, Rock Athlete by Ron Fawcett with Ed Douglas

Read Ian Smith's speech here

Barry Imeson (Judge), Ed Douglas, Ron Fawcett, Ian Smith (Chair of Judges), Paul Tasker (Boardman Tasker Chairman), 105 kb
Barry Imeson (Judge), Ed Douglas, Ron Fawcett, Ian Smith (Chair of Judges), Paul Tasker (Boardman Tasker Chairman)
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Best Photograph

Judges: Public votes and Colin Prior.

See the top ten and the winner, Deep in the Forests of Borneo here

Adventure Film Academy 2 Minute Short Film Competition

One Hundred Minutes of Solitude by Alexandre Buisse & Matt Parkes (watch).

Kendal Mountain Festival Film Prizes

Judges: Bernard Newman, Joni Cooper and Ian Atkins

Andy Parkin's amazing trophies for Kendal 2010, 135 kb
Andy Parkin's amazing trophies for Kendal 2010
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Judges Special Prize

Point of No Return
Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen, Sender Films

The story of alpinists Jonny Copp and Micah Dash, followed by cameraman Wade Johnson who all died in an avalanche while attempting a new route on Mt. Edgar in China's Sichuan Province.

People's Choice

The Pinnacle
Hot Aches Productions, Dir. Paul Diffley

In one legendary week on Ben Nevis in 1960 Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith climbed six first winter ascents on consecutive days, including the mini Alpine-route Orion Face Direct.

They also made the first one-day winter ascent of Point Five Gully, went for a walk, had a drink and got arrested over an incident with some dominoes! Exactly 50 years later Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner set out to repeat all the routes that Smith and Marshall first climbed in that famous week.

Paul Diffley, Dave Macleod and Andy Turner - The Pinnacle, winner of the People's choice award

Best Climbing Film

The Prophet
Alastair Lee, Posing Productions

Leo Houlding revisits his long-term project on the east face of El Capitan, which he describes as “the wildest climb I've ever been on”.

Watch trailer at UKC: FRI NIGHT EXCLUSIVE: The Prophet - Preview

Best Mountaineering Film

The Swiss Machine
Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen, Sender Films

Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In this film he tells the stories of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage of him racing up 8,000 foot alpine faces.

Ueli joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite to attempt speed records there. His ultimate goal: take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.

Watch a trailer at UKC

Best Mountain Adventure Film

Wild Water
Anson Fogel

A sensational film using the latest filming technology. Wild Water is a journey into the mind and soul of White Water - to a place where only river runners can go.

Best Mountain Culture Film

A Life Ascending
Stephen Grynberg

A Life Ascending chronicles the life of acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Ruedi Beglinger. Living with his wife and two young daughters on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Beglinger has built a reputation as one of the top mountaineering guides in the world. The film follows his family's unique life in the mountains and their journey in the years following a massive avalanche that killed seven people (

Best Mountain Environment Film

Wild Swim: Wordsworth Country

Kate Rew swims Rydal Water in the Lake District, where William Wordsworth lived for 37 years.

Watch at

Best Short Film

The Argentina Project
Jeremy Grant, John Wellburn, and Mike Kinrade

Riding BIG mountain lines, half way round the world. Three friends take a gamble and hope to find the best mountain bike terrain in the world, with the help of Google Earth.

Grand Prize

The Prophet

The video clip below shows the acceptance speech of Alastair Lee and Leo Houlding. To put it in some context, Al had already been on the stage earlier in the evening to accept the Best Climbing Film award and, last year, their film The Asgard Project was pipped at the post for the Grand Prize at Kendal.

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