Highlands & Islands

Fort William Mountain Festival programme announced

The programme for the 2012 Fort William Mountain Festival in Lochaber has been announced.

Guests include Arctic explorer Bob Shepton and downhill mountain biker Steve Peat for the screening of the film The Dudes of Hazzard.

The festival runs from 15 to 19 February.

The winner of the 2012 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture will be announced during the festival. The 2011 winner was Ian Sykes.

He founded outdoor clothing and equipment shop Nevisport and is also a skier, climber and mountain rescue team member.

Mr Sykes, from Fort William, was made an MBE in 1990.

Climber and inventor Hamish MacInnes was the first winner of the honour, in 2008.

Remote locations filmmaker Richard Else won the award in 2009 and mountaineer Jimmy Marshall took the accolade last year.

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