Adventurer to talk at film fest

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An adventurer of the year is to share his experiences with an audience in the adventure capital of the world.

Cory Richards, then 29, became the first American to climb an 8000-metre peak in winter.

The expedition saw a three-man team battle minus 50 degree temperatures and survive a class-four avalanche to summit Gasherbrum II in Pakistan.

Richard’s footage became the multi-award-winning adventure film Cold – making him the perfect guest speaker at NZ Mountain Film Festival.

The festival comes to Queenstown this weekend after a week-long series of events in Wanaka.

The two-day Queens­town programme takes place at Memorial Centre and includes Richards’ talk, an avalanche safety talk and a series of award-winning film screenings.

Saturday afternoon the focus is environmental and cultural films ($15), before the free avalanche talk at 6pm. The night session includes Richards’ talk and the best films from the 2013 Film Editing Competition ($30).

Sunday afternoon’s screenings are bundled together as an ‘adrenalin session’ with films about rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking ($15) before the night session of ski and snowboard adventure films.

All you need to know

What: NZ Mountain Film Festival – full programme on its website

Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre

When: Saturday and Sunday – various sessions

Cost: varies from $15-$30 per session