Outdoor activities in Edinburgh: it’s a most wonderful time of the year!

Outdoors in Greenland
It’s looking highly likely Erik Boomer has busted his nose. So it’s a little strange that he is screaming with delight.

Erik is one of the stars of this year’s European Outdoor Film Tour and his screams of delight have been born out of just having kayaked the kind of waterfall that most of us would consider a suicide drop.

In his defence, it did look amazingly fun and that little bit of devil may care is something all of us can relate to as we cast ourselves off down a steep red or black, never quite sure what’s in store.

With an adrenalin packed line-up ranging from canoeing in the Amazon to mountain biking in Canada, EOFT is just one of a number outdoor film festivals landing on our doorstep and letting us enjoy high octane adventure in far flung locales.

Close to home we have our popular Tuesday night talk series at the Wash Bar organised by our tamed skier Al Mackenzie.

  • > 14 November: Rob Kingsland (free skier). For a taster and some stunning views of Ben Lawers, you can check out Rob and his friends in action.
  • > 5 December: Outdoor Emergency First Aid. BASP (British Association of Ski Patrollers) trainer Gerry Cameron will be putting the fear of God in us…but in a good way. He’ll be showing us all what to do with unconscious, non-breathing, bleeding or broken limb casualties.

If adventure is your thing and you need some inspiration as a tonic for the shorter days then it really is the best time of the year with a superb line-up of talks and films. Here’s a few for your diary but please add your own suggestions in the comments section.

  • > 16 November:Tiso Outdoor Experience Evening: Come meet inspiring adventurers including all round good guy Craig Mathieson the founder of The Polar Academy. If you have never seen Craig speak then here is your chance to see how you can pivot in life into something truly inspiring.
  • > 12 December:Mountains On Stage: The best mountain films are waiting for you!
  • > 13 January:Banff Mountain Film Festival: The extraordinary collection of short films that will take your breath away.
  • > Multiple date: Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Inspiring People: If you don’t know your Arête Ridges from Glacial Moraine then it really doesn’t matter, this is all about the people. A personal favourite, every month the RSGS brings you someone who does an amazing expedition and the only word of warning if you go is that you will instantly develop itchy feet and be gripped by the need for adventure. The last one I saw was Anna McNuff who brimmed over with enthusiasm as she took on the challenge of running the length of New Zealand.

Go get inspired and remember to leave your own suggestions below along with any you fancy attending as there will always be other people in the club looking to do the same.


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