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2015 Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture

2015 Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture

Thursday Jun 04, 2015 - 07:00:00 PM
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

Kanchenjunga: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the First Ascent

The Himalayan Trust UK presents the seventh Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture, featuring Doug Scott CBE.

Kanchenjunga, at 8586m, is the world’s third highest mountain, first summited on the 25th May 1955 by the Himalayan Trust’s late chairman, George Band and his climbing partner, Joe Brown. Kanchenjunga translates as “the five treasure houses of snow” and the summit deemed to be a holy place. Respecting the people who worship the holiness of the mountain, George and Joe stopped just short of the summit, a tradition that has remained to this day. In 1979, Doug Scott added Kanchenjunga to his long list of mountaineering achievements, and we are honoured that he will be our guest speaker to mark the occasion.

Kanchenjunga region was always dear to George Band, and when he and his wife, Susan, visited it in 2005 the people requested our help in improving the educational provision for the children in this remote corner. Since then we have focused our attention on a school development programme and teacher training. We are now about to move into health care and all proceeds from this evening will go to support those projects. In addition to the presentation we will also give you a brief update on our progress and achievements.

DATE: Thursday 04 June

START: 7:00 pm - Doors open at 6:00 | FINISH: 9:00 pm 

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