I was delighted to have attended the Why Not? Adventure Film Festival in Galway last Saturday. It was my first time attending an adventure film festival and amazed at what was on offer. The day began with a selection of Irish adventurers speaking about some of the amazing adventures they had been on or planning on doing. As I am of course obsessed with all things cycling I was really looking forward to hearing Leon McCarron and Maghnus Collins. They did not disappoint.
During the many intervals I got to talking to a few of the other people at the festival. One man beside us told us of his motorbike trip through North America and up into Canada where he spend a few months traveling helping to repair boats and being rescued when their boat died, amongst other things. Very interesting guy, who I only found out afterwards was the person that runs the Inside Cork facebook page. I was pulled aside at one point by the local film society who were doing short interviews with some of the people who attended the festival. I was asked a few questions on why I was there, any good adventure stories and if I planned on doing any big adventures. So hopefully I will be able to grab a copy of it to post here.
After the speakers we were treated the the screening of 11 new adventure movies, 10 of which Irish premiers . There was a selection covering a wide range of different forms adventure, from kayaking, canyoning, cycling and even surfing.
All in all it was a fantastic night and I cant wait till I am back there again. Hopefully in 2016 after my cycle trip.
Delighted to be heading to the Why Not? Adventure Film Festival in Galway today. It will be my first adventure film festival but it sounds like a cracker. There will be speakers earlier on in the day including Leon McCarron who I am really looking forward to as I have been following himself and Alastair Humphreys on their travels through the Empty Quarter, which will also be shown at the festival later tonight.
There is also eleven adventure movies from all over the world being shown tonight. Ten of which will be Irish premiers. Oh the excitement!
So if you haven't got tickets yet, do. If you can't make it to Galway today there is a second screening on Thursday 30th October 2014 - Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.
Weather your planning an adventure or not I'm sure there will be something here that will inspire you.
The 20 something year old Phoenix (Poke Boat) fiberglass kayak my friend gave me for free. It'll be my restoration project for the next few months as it needs a lot of TLC. But its a free kayak and I love to restore things so I'm not going to complain. Looking forward to some adventures in it.
Thanks to a good friend of mine, Guy Urban. I am now the proud owner of a 12ft sea kayak. I got the call from Guy today wondering if I would be interested in the kayak. AH YA!!! It's an old one that he had no need for any more so wanted to give it a new home. My home now. It needs a little tlc but as I plan on using it as my new restoration project I'm not too bothered. It doesn't need a load to get it up and running properly anyway so hopefully it wont take to long.
I will be attaching a picture of the kayak in the next few days as a before photo.
It's a little late coming this post. But just to give an update on myself and my whereabouts. I landed in Limerick on the 5th October. Completing my decent of the Shannon ahead of schedule. The reason for this is down to a storm warning making it impossible safely cross Lough Derg by kayak. So instead I cycled the last 100km by bicycle in order to finish the journey by man power.
I have created a page for the trip under the adventure section. There are a few photos from the journey and a link to the full story underneath.
If anyone has any questions about the journey feel free to contact me.
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry