Big Shakedown 2015

By Col

What a weekend! Well over 500 people bustling around the Thornbridge Outdoors site again for the 2015 Big Shakeout taking in 10 bands, 16 speakers, a rolling screen reel with over 6 hours of film and then 80 courses running through the day. It's been a busy few days!

As the sun sets on the 5th Big Shakeout we sit back with a little smile that so many came along and really got stuck into helping us celebrate all aspects of the outdoors. So this is really a massive thank you to all of you for coming along and inspiring each other. It is all of you who make the Big Shakeout what it is and what we dreamed it should be when the idea first popped into our heads 6 or so years ago. Thank you for grouping together and bringing the good weather too!

If you were there don't forget to tag us in any photos, we'd love to see what you got up to. #alpkit #bigshakeout #gnpdgt

Check out the first photos we saw from Claire on Flickrand we've put a few of our own here and will add some more when we can! Alpkit Flickr.

We'd also like to thank...

All of our volunteer Shakermakers for their hard work throughout the weekend, helping to make sure everything ran smoothly, you were all brilliant.

There was a massive mix of activities, so it's hard to thank them all. Andy Kirkpatrick leading a writing workshop, the Guyrope Gourmet whipping up feasts in his cookery school,West Norfolk Nordic Walking for the popular Binerflon, Polly from Mountain Yoga Breaks for the Yoga and Mountain Bike Guiding, Pyranha for all the water activities, the Bushscout crew for the popular axe throwing and wood craft skills, ahit amongst adults and kids alike.Stuart from Bearbones with his band of bikepacking experts and a day packed with informative workshops. Then all theThornbridge instructors for running the packed School of Adventure schedule, which saw hundreds of people getting out there over the weekend learning new skills and enjoying the outdoors. It was great to see so many people coming back with big smiles on their faces.

To Hassop Cafe, La Palleras for feeding us and to Carol on the Teatime stall for all those scrummy cakes, lastly Claud the Butler for the barista coffee. They all worked extra hard. As did River Legacy, doing a fantastic job organising the bar.

To the all the speakers who helped inspire us and gave up their time to come along. The Daring Deeds saw a packed yurt listening to tales through the evening from Richard and Tom Seipp, Andy Kirkpatrick, Justine Curgenven, George Cave, Andy Heading, Anna McNuff, Chris Eastabrook and Dave Barter. Sim and Jen Benson talked through living wild around the UK for a year with two small kids and Ellis Stewart recounted the disasters befalling the Everest region over the last year, during his continued attempts to reach the summit. Joe Beaumont held court in a relaxed chat with Emily Chappell, Nicky Spinks and Jamie Bunchuck.

All the bands for coming alongand entertaining us. Music has always been important to us for the Big Shakeout and it didn't dissapoint. From the intimate and beautiful performance of Cardboard Fox around the campfire to Stand Out Riot who whipped everyone into a frenzied, bouncing, smile enducing end to the Saturday evening. We had a couple of cancellations due to unfortunate circumstances, but all the bands put on great performances across two different stages, giving two distinct vibes to the evening.

Then of course our staff here at Alpkit for putting in the tireless graft before, during and after the event as now we have to get our heads down and back to the 'day job', but secretly we're already thinking about next years Big Shakeout!

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