Paralympian Karen Darke to speak at Fort William festival

Karen Darke Inverness-based Karen Darke won silver at London 2012

Related Stories

London 2012 Paralympic Games silver medallist Karen Darke will be among the guest speakers at next month's Fort William Mountain Festival.

The Halifax-born 41-year-old, who was paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident when she was 21, came second in the women's H1-2 time trial.

Based in Inverness, she has previously hand cycled the length of Japan and crossed the Greenland ice cap on skis.

The film festival runs from 21 to 24 February.

Other speakers will include Felicity Aston, who in 2009 led a group of seven women on a 559-mile (900km) trek from the south coast of Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole in 38 days.

Leading climbers Andy Cave, Andy Nelson, Tim Neill and Stu McAleese will also speak.

The sixth winner of the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture will also be announced.

Last year's winner was Aberdeenshire biologist Dr Adam Watson.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands



9 °C 8 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.