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The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is back by popular demand.

This year’s event, which started in Wanaka on June 28 and finishes in Cromwell on July 7, features 21 speakers, as well as films and workshops.

Among the speakers is Lynn Hill, whose talk sold out in Wanaka in record time of just under 12 hours.

Ms Hill, who has been rock climbing for 44 years, was the first to ascend what is know as the most famous big climb in the world – the 1000m high El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

She started climbing when she was 14 years old in what was a very male dominated sport and in 1989 survived a near-death experience when she fell 22m wall rock climbing in France.

Festival director Mark Sedon said Ms Hill’s talk sold out in record time to people from Australia and all over New Zealand.

– Otago Daily Times