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Banff Film Festival on Tour

  • Posted by mark
  • 19 February 2010

been a bit slow with this one seein as thought theres only a couple of screenings left, but one of those screenings does happen to be in Cardigan tomorrow night, i also just realised tims already posted about this but a little reminder never hurt anyone...


The Banff Mountain Film Festival is uprooting from the mothership festival in the Canadian Rockies and will shortly be heading for the UK to tour to a location near you.

The Banff World Tour features award-winning films and audience favourites from about 300 films entered each year in Banff. Come and see why more than 200,000 people across the globe gather at Banff screenings indoors to celebrate the outdoors!

The climbing films featured on the Banff 2010 tour will include:

First Ascent: Alone on the Wall - Follow the groundbreaking free-solo ascents of Alex Honnolt. After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo climb of "Moonlight Buttress" in Zion National Park, Alex moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the massive "Regular Northwest Face" route (2000 vertical feet) on Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.

Hunlen - See what happens when two climbers show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen. The climbing is technical—all 1,000 feet of it — but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free beside the route that makes the climbers very nervous.

Progression World Cup - An insightful and entertaining look at the intensely competitive world of top-class indoor rock climbing.

To The Rainbow - Paul Pritchard was one of Britain’s most talented climbers in the late 1980s. A head injury received while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with severe injuries and partly disabled. Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing – on The Rainbow in North Wales.

As well as climbing flicks, there will be a selection of other brilliant mountain based films featuring mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater kayaking and speed flying (a cross between paragliding and skiing including some incredible aerial footage as they descend Mont Blanc). Full details of the film programme at each venue, as well as more information and how to buy tickets can be found at http://www.banff-uk.com

UK tour dates include:

• 29 January Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
• 3 & 4 February Union Chapel, Islington, London
• 6 February Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
• 11 February Komedia Club, Brighton
• 13 February Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
• 18 & 21 February Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• 20 February Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

As well as seeing some great films, you can also win some great nightly prizes as well as go in the draw to win a 7 day Mont Blanc trek. A bar will be open at all screenings before the films and during intermission.

On press

  • Posted by aron
  • 14 August 2009

Last week i managed to go see our upcoming Autumn catalogue on press. It was real nice seeing what happens with your work after you've handed it over, all the processes it goes through and the equipment used. Their big press can do 40,000 prints an hour. Crazy fast. So here's some pics...


Above is the machine that feeds the paper through into these printers...


Out of shot is another set of six, where one side of the sheet is printed on before turning over and going through this set. End result being this...


Our Autumn 2009 catalogue cover.

To see the rest you'll have to wait til September.



  • Posted by howies
  • 17 June 2009

Ed (Anjas' friend) just turned up for lunch with his Kayak on top his van.

It's a racing kayak, extremely light and fast and designed for minimal weight and maximum speed.

A few years ago they changed the design and took the wings off (it was shaped out-wards just past where you sat for stability) and now they are really narrow and look very wobbly.

Anyway I had a flash back of the days when we used to just jump in our boats, carrying them is so easy because they are so light and you didn't have to faff around with kit, shorts and a vest or bikini was all that was needed and off you go.

Here's a pic of me back in the day paddling on the Severn having some technique shots taken by my coach Steve.


See the splash in the water off my paddle, that is not good!


  • Posted by howies
  • 15 June 2009

We went walking, paddling,swimming, fishing and snorking with our Beagle George.


I picked up spider crabs and swam large shoals of silvery fish and with large ones too and dodged jelly fish, you wouldn't believe people get on a plane to go diving when our coast is so beautiful, we went 20 miles down the road for our holiday.


Unfortunately I will not be telling you where these photos were taken as it is my favourite beach since I was about 7 years old thanks to my dad who's passion for it spilled onto me.

It was quiet, unspoilt and as beautiful as I remembered it when I was young, that's pretty impressive really when you think about it, that's over 20 years ago and it's not changed or lost its magic at all.

Roll on next holiday, or even next weekend.

1 day in Pembrokeshire

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 May 2009

1 sunny hot Saturday

8 of us went kayaking around the coast

3 of us were fishing

they caught 20 mackeral

we found 3 hidden bays

we stopped on one for lunch

found 1 TV on a hidden beach

pretented to watch TV whilst sunbathing

rescued TV litter and took it home for correct disposal

we saw more rubbish than normal, we think it came in on recent bad weather

8 of us waded through the shallows from the sea to the river to get to land

6 of us went for ice cream, coffee and cake

1 great day out in Pembrokeshire

Our city is getting ready

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 April 2009

No matter what you think about the Olympics - what is done is done.  It may be a huge amount of money and the tax payer may have been a little mislead about how much it was going to cost.  But, what cannot be denied is that the Olympics are transforming East London.  Great swathes of disused land are slowly metamorphising into sweeping structures, bold statements, and beautiful lines.  Hopefully, by 2012 the UK will be fortunate to possess sporting facilities that can finally compete with the  rest of the world.  

I am really excited.  I am hoping that tickets will be made accessible to everyone and not just a privilaged few.  It really is an event for the people - something to get behind, enthuse about, and support.  World events, such as the Olympics, are a real opportunity to put aside differences, world problems, and bad economic forcasts.  For a few days a bunch of, mostly amateur, atheletes push the boundaries of human endurance for the simple recognition of being the best at something. 

The Telegraph newspaper is following the progress of building work through a series of ariel photographs.  Apparantly, they are going to keep updating them over the next three years.  I reckon it is well worth a look every month or two.

We would love to hear what you are most excited about seeing at the London Olympics.  I am pretty excited by the prospect of the high dive, BMX, and kayaking.  Oh, and also the rowing, cycling, field athletics.........................the list goes on.

Teifi action

  • Posted by howies
  • 28 April 2009

Last night Teri, David Hicks, Tomos and me went down to the river for a bit of a paddle and a swim.

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Was lots of fun. The river was surprisingly warm and we even spotted a nesting buzzard high up in a tree!


  • Posted by ade
  • 9 April 2009

in 2001 howies did their first catalogue. it was taken at some trails with some dirt jumpers.

one of the riders was Joe Anchor who would always go bigger.

At the Manchester sample sale I met Tim Royal from whitenosugarproductions.com who caught Joe on some super8 in the same year with some other riders we went on to sponsor, and some other riders who became big names.

This was filmed before they were really good and is a nice bit of footage showing great riders just riding summery trails.

Joe Anchor, Jim Davage, Chris Smith, Steve Geall and Olly and Grant Feilder.


  • Posted by howies
  • 7 April 2009

Last night David (Hicks) and I went for a paddle up the river... We went up to Llechryd bridge (thats as far as you’re legally allowed to go as the river is tidal up to that point, supposedly). We’ve got some major blisters on our thumbs but it was worth it...

We also spotted a heron (twice), kingfisher, swans and 2 otters which was amazing.

Next time we’ll take a camera...

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