Peebles Outdoor Film Festival 2019

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Dive into a weekend of stunning adventure films, inspirational speakers and outdoor sessions in the beautiful Tweed Valley. • See a selection of the best adventure films from around the world • Enjoy two Scottish festival film premieres: Time Trial (an immersive ride through David Millar’s final season in the saddle); and Free Solo (the story of Alex Honnold’s rope-less climb of El Capitan) • Meet big names and local heroes from the worlds of ocean conservation, mountain biking, adventure filmmaking, wildlife photography, bikepacking, climbing, wild swimming and much more … Naomi Freireich, Cal Major, Ed Shoote, Peter Cairns, Jen Crook, Calum Maclean, Phil Mack, Jack Harland and Hans Rey • Ride, walk and explore the Tweed Valley • Drop into POFF Next Door – a special bike-packing session at BSpoke Cycles and a sports injury session at the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, Glentress • Enjoy great food, special offers and outdoor gear in the Eastgate Café


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Ride, walk and explore the beautiful Tweed Valley in these brilliant outdoor sessions.

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Saturday 26 January

Sunday 27 January


Experience Glenlude

Naomi Freireich 10am – 12.30pm Meet at FINDRA HQ, Innerleithen EH44 6HF

John Muir Trust 10am – 12noon Meet at Glenlude, near Traquair TD7 5NH

Join European 24hr Mountain Bike Champion, bikepacking adventurer and festival speaker Naomi Freireich on a winter gravel ride on some of the Tweed Valley’s finest forest roads and trails. Suitable for novice riders with a good level of fitness. Led by women’s mountain bike guiding and tuition company Swift Trails (with coffee, cake and additional awesomeness from FINDRA).

It’s been another busy year at the John Muir Trust’s Glenlude property. Come and see how the Trust, together with volunteers, local groups and charities, continues to rewild a once depleted upland landscape into a mosaic of native habitats.

Age: 18+ £8

Explore Cademuir Hill Jack Harland 10am – 12.30pm Meet top of Edderston Road, Peebles, EH45 9JD Ahead of his festival appearance on Sunday, local author Jack Harland leads a delightful 6km walk that explores the history, geology and wildlife of lovely Cademuir Hill – a route that will appear in a subsequent volume of his Highland Journal series of books. Suitable for walkers with a good level of fitness. Age: 14+ Free (but please book tickets) IMPORTANT For each of these outdoor sessions, please make sure you wear suitable clothes and footwear, and carry any extras you may need.

Free (but please book tickets)

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ultimate joy and escape “Being in the ocean is the ted environment at th to ec nn co g in be d an e, m for helps stoke my fire to protect it”

Naomi Freireich, British and European 24hr Mountain Bike Champion, traces her journey from non-cyclist to elite athlete, and explains how endurance riding fuels her passion for exploring wild places – including bikepacking through Kyrgyzstan as part of the 2018 Silk Road Mountain Race. Naomi, from Edinburgh, is also a full-time IT manager and mother of two. £8, £4 under 15, adult and child £10

Also… Each day, all day: Browse the sponsor stands in our café area.

Cal Major

Making Waves Short films + Cal Major 6.30 – 9.30pm (interval: 7.15pm) Auditorium Tonight’s short films explore adventures in the world’s oceans followed, after the interval, by an evening with Cal Major, ocean advocate, explorer and founder of Paddle Against Plastic. Driven by her passion for preserving and protecting our coastline, Cal uses epic stand-up paddleboard adventures – including a worldfirst 1,000-mile paddle from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in 2018 – to highlight the issue of plastic pollution, capture imaginations and promote positive change. £15, £8 under 15, adult and child £20

Each day, in terval brea ks: Treat yourse lf to by the award- evening food winning Osso Restau rant plus cakes, drink s and more from the Ea stgate café.

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Saturday 26 January

r POFF next doo Bikepacking: The Insider’s Guide Ed Shoote 12noon – 1.30pm BSpoke Cycles 43 Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD Bikepacking adventurer Ed Shoote – remote locations in central Asia a speciality! – reveals all you need to know about planning and preparing for adventures near and far in this special interactive workshop. Hosted by festival partner BSpoke Cycles. £8, £4 under 15, adult and child £10

Wild about Scotland Short films + Peter Cairns 2 – 4pm (interval: 2.45pm) Auditorium A session of short films exploring encounters with wild places (and things) followed, after the break, by an afternoon with wildlife photographer and cameraman Peter Cairns. As part of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, Peter and many of Scotland’s other top photographers and camera operators have spent years capturing the beauty of the country’s landscape and its wild inhabitants. In a spellbinding presentation, Peter uses this stunning imagery to outline a bold new vision for a wilder Scotland. £12, £6 under 15, adult and child £15

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Time Trial

Cold Comforts

Feature film – Scottish Festival Premiere 4.30 – 6pm

Short films + Calum Maclean 6.30 – 9.30pm (interval: 7.15pm)



This sensory and immersive ride through the highs and lows of professional cycling follows Scotland’s David Millar as he, bluntly and fearlessly, narrates his last season in the saddle. It’s an astonishingly intimate portrait not just of a controversial figure but also the complex relationships between cyclist, road crew, fellow competitors, fans and the media circus that surrounds them all.

Tonight’s short films explore adventures in cold places followed, after the interval, by an evening with wild swimmer Calum Maclean. The hugely entertaining star of the BBC’s online channel The Social and BBC Alba, Calum is a film-maker and TV presenter with a passion for cold water, physical pain and wild Scottish landscapes…preferably all at the same time. Join him as he reveals (almost) all about the joys of taking the plunge in remote – and usually Baltic – lochs and rivers.


Life & Sporadic Digressions Local Hero Studio Session: Jen Crook (and Haggis the dog) 5 – 6pm BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, photographer, climber and inveterate adventurer Jen Crook speaks about living outside in a Scottish winter, healthy and unhealthy expedition motivators, her planned solo Antarctic challenge, and why she's decided to live in a campervan for nine months to write a book about life’s many sporadic digressions! £8, £4 under 15, adult and child £10

£15, £8 under 15, adult and child £20

Special Day Ticket! Enjoy any three of Saturday’s four theatrebased events for only £30, £15 under 15


Sunday 27 January

POFF next door

Outdoor Crockery and How to Avoid It 12 – 1pm Phil Mack Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland Peel Tower, Glentress EH45 8NB Do you experience knee pain walking downhill, back pain when cycling, or achilles pain while running? Phil Mack, expert on treating sports injuries and rehabilitation and Consultant Physiotherapist at Peebles Physiotherapy, offers tips on avoiding injury and what to do if you don’t. Includes practical demos, plus recovery stories from local athletes. Hosted by festival partner Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland. £8, £4 under 15, adult and child £10


Highland Love Affair

Riding Life

Jack Harland 1 – 2pm Local Hero Studio Session

Short films + Hans Rey 2.30 – 5pm (interval: 3.15pm) Auditorium

Published to wide acclaim in 2018, local author Jack Harland’s Highland Journal is an illustrated memoir of his journey from wide-eyed hill walking novice to competent mountaineer. Join Jack as he shares tales of hair-raising adventures and explains his deep passion for the mountains, geology and natural history of the northwest Highlands.

A session of short films that explore twowheeled adventures, followed by a screening of the winner of this year’s amateur Outdoor Shorts competition. After the break, Hans Rey, the former World Champion, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and adventurer, takes us on a journey through his incredible career. Hans covers his early riding days, extreme biking feats – including the first bike descent of Mt. Kenya, riding the Indian Himalayas, the Alps, Inca Trail and the Sinai Desert – and how his Wheels4Life charity is changing the world, one bike at a time.

£8, £4 under 15, adult and child £10

£15, £8 under 15, adult and child £20

Free Solo Feature film – Scottish Festival Premiere 6 – 7.40pm Auditorium This year’s festival closes with a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous slab of rock – El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without a rope. £9, £6 under 15, adult and child £12

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eg... A huge thank you to: Sponsors: John Muir Trust: Festival Sponsor Tontine Hotel: Festival Local Hero Studio Sessions Go Ape: Friday - Making Waves Peebles Hydro/The Park: Saturday - Wild About Scotland, Cold Comforts Adrenalin Rehab: Sunday - Riding Life



Supporters: Out and About Macdonald Cardona No 1 Peebles Road Pocket Mountains Glede Knowe Guest House FINDRA Ridelines Cleikum Mill Lodge Partners: BSpoke Cycles Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland EST. SCOTLAND

For giving permission to use their stunning photographs: Calum Maclean, Naomi Freireich, Peter Cairns Hans Rey and Cal Major


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