Last year’s Risk & Rewards In The Mountains event was so gripping that people were dismayed when it finished; they wanted more!
So, by popular demand, the concept is back, but with a new spin. This year, the Mountain Equipment Risk Sessions will feature climbing psychologist Dr Rebecca Williams talking one-on-one with a selection of well-known climbers and outdoor adventurers about their attitude to risk, their motivation and how we can learn to manage the dangers faced in adventure sport.
Taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each day will feature different speakers. The Mountain Equipment Risk Sessions Red will feature:
Freja is a professional climber and alpinist from the west coast of Ireland. Despite growing up a stone’s throw from Ireland’s famous sea cliffs, she didn’t discover climbing until she moved to the Alps and instantly fell in love with everything - shivering under an icefall, standing on an alpine summit, sleeping on ledges on faraway big walls, or rehearsing moves on technical single pitch climbing. Freja says her most memorable climbs range from Electric Avenue (5.13b R) to Perestroika Crack on the Sleslova tower in Kyrgyzstan, to the North Face of Les Droites, to wild and remote Norwegian icefalls, to sprinting across an Alpine ridge or simply just magic days out cragging. Alongside being devoted to alpinism, Freja shares a deep passion for encouraging women in the outdoors. With an online presence and being open about what she gets up to, she hopes to inspire people of all ages and walks of life.
Aldo is an adventurer, TV presenter and safety expert. A former Royal Marines Commando, he is an expert in dangerous, extreme and remote locations, making him a go-to safety guy for TV and film companies; many assignments being “fairly tasty” as he would have it. He's has been held at gunpoint, charged by black rhino, abseiled into active volcanoes, dodged Ebola, rowed across the Atlantic and dived on Captain Kidd’s pirate ship. Aldo has also been involved in many climbing-related productions including Steve Backshall’s natural world programmes, and with Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay in Greenland for National Geographic. Aldo wrote his first book ‘Lessons From the Edge: Inspirational Tales of Surviving, Thriving and Extreme Adventure’ in 2021.