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Paralympian Karen Darke to speak at Fort William festival

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

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.

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