News Release – Tuesday 18 December 2008


The 2008 Fort William Mountain Festival, a nine day extravaganza of films, lectures, guided walks, workshops, exhibitions, literature, photography and music for residents and visitors who want to learn about and celebrate mountain culture, will benefit from the significant support of the Nevis Partnership; who are welcomed on board as 'presenting partner'.

The Nevis Partnership is a Scottish company, limited by guarantee with charitable status. It was formed in 2003 with the express intent to 'guide future policies and actions to safeguard, manage and where appropriate enhance the environmental qualities and opportunities for visitor enjoyment and appreciation of the Nevis area'.

Brian Wilshaw, of the Nevis Partnership said, 'The Nevis Partnership is delighted to be a presenting partner to the Mountain Festival in 2008. Ben Nevis itself is hugely important to the Fort William and Lochaber economy, as well as being an iconic mountain of national and international significance. The Partnership exists to protect, manage and maintain the Nevis area's unique and special nature.

'As the main sponsor of the Fort William Mountain Festival we hope we can raise our

profile and thus the issues which affect the Ben, the Glen and surrounding area.'

As well as financial assistance, the Nevis Partnership's involvement in the event will see a whole day of events [Tuesday 19 February 2008] celebrating the magic and mystery of the evocative 'Nevis' name. Entitled 'Nevis Connections', and encompassing a wide variety of activities and themed talks, displays and an exhibition, from a guided walk through the woodlands around Loch Linnhe, to a breathtaking climb from Loch Morar, and a stunning winter ascent of Ben Nevis itself, there will be something for everyone.

In addition to the day's packed programme of events, the Nevis Connections evening will see the prize-giving for the Mountain Festival's English and Gaelic writing competitions. Well-known author, mountaineer and Nevis Partnership Chairman, Cameron McNeish will then lead a lively debate on 'Capturing and Conserving the Essence of the Ben and Glen', together with Richard Else, top wilderness film-maker. There will be ample opportunity for festival-goers to get involved and air their views on the future of 'The Ben'.