Everest mountaineer Stephen Venables marks the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain with a new talk celebrating the history of this iconic mountain. The talk will include an account of his own extraordinary chapter in the Everest story, going back to 1988 when Stephen with a team of just four climbers, pioneered a new route up the gigantic East Face, reaching the summit alone, without supplementary oxygen - the first Briton to do so.
Street (Somerset), Pitlochry, Bathgate, Salford, Caernarfon, Keswick, Loughborough, Aldershot
Sir Chris Bonington is Britain's best known mountaineer and one of the most successful expedition leaders in history. He started climbing at the age of 16 and has been on 19 Himalayan expeditions, including 4 to Everest. He is renowned for having made many first ascents in the Alps and all the greater ranges of the world. This Autumn Chris will be giving six new “life and times” talks, covering his sixty years spent in the mountains. With original images and raw footage, this is a rare opportunity to hear about some of the greatest expeditions of the twentieth century.
Malvern, St Albans, Guildford, Cardiff, Sheffield, Stirling
If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. A climbing prodigy who started by scaling the Old Man of Hoy at just ten years old, 31-year-old Leo has climbed the most difficult and highest mountains in the world. In search of ever greater adventure, 2012 took Leo to the wildest, least accessible and most contrasting corners of Earth - deep into the Amazon jungle and to the centre of the Antarctic wilderness. Leo will be talking about both adventures in this new talk, illustrated with world-class photography and film-footage shot by the multi award winning film-maker Alastair Lee.
Dates and venues coming soon. Leo will be on tour in November 2013.