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We visited the Andean school which was built by World Expeditions and presented the children with books, pens, pencils etc which some of us had brought from Australia. The extra weight was worthwhile when we saw the expressions on the children’s faces. I could never imagine children in Australia smiling so broadly at being given an exercise book and pen!

Jean Hampson | Queensland, Australia
 
 

Chris Bonington at 80

Chris Bonington at 80

Thursday Dec 04, 2014 - 07:00:00 PM
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

Join us for an audience with pre-eminent mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL, to celebrate his eightieth birthday.

For this event Sir Chris will be in conversation with former Mountain Heritage Trust Chair, Julie Summers, discussing his life and career amongst the mountains.

From his home in the Lake District to the Greater Ranges of the Himalayas and South America, with a visit to the Arctic regions thrown in for good measure, Sir Chris has enjoyed an active life in the mountains, which continues with his most recent climb revisiting the Old Man of Hoy over the summer. Spanning more than sixty years, Chris’s outstanding career has had its fair share of drama. His experiences range from jubilant to harrowing with the loss of many friends during groundbreaking expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s.

Sir Chris and invited guests will be sharing their tall tales and reminiscences of a rich and varied career under the able handling of Julie Summers, a celebrated author and historian steeped in mountaineering lore, being the great-niece of Everester Sandy Irvine.

START: 7:00 pm -  Doors open at 6:30 | FINISH: 8.30 pm

Image credits:

  • Top right - Portrait of Sir Chris Bonington by Stuart Walker, Chris Bonington Picture Library 

  • Bottom right - Chris Bonington on Harrison Rocks, Chris Bonington Picture Library

  • Bottom left - Sir Chris, aged 80, on the Old Man of Hoy by Leo Houlding, Chris Bonington Picture Library 

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