Lecture: Derby 21st November 2013 ‘First in the Himalaya’

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Date and time: Thursday 21st November 2013   Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH

Lecture Title: “First in the Himalaya”

World class mountaineers Robert Schauer (Austria),  Doug Scott CBE and Mick Fowler three of  the greatest  Himalayan climbing pioneers, visit Derby to tell of their epic adventures and mountaineering firsts, superbly illustrated by stunning photography.

Robert Schauer has made ascents of some of world’s most difficult climbs, including five of the world’s 8000 m peaks – Everest, Broad Peak, Nanga Parbat, Makalu and Hidden Peak. However, his first ascent of Gasherbrum IV West Face (7925 m) in 1985 is his stand out climb. With his climbing partner Wojciech Kurtyka he spent 10 days climbing the so called ‘Shining Wall’ in lightweight alpine style – to this day this fearsome climb has not been repeated!

Doug Scott CBE is most famous for his  celebrated South West Face of Everest climb in 1975 on Sir Chris Bonington’s major expedition. However, small lightweight alpine style first ascents have been his passion. Scott’s first ascent of the Ogre (7285 m) in 1977, and the epic tale of survival after an accident on the descent, his first ascent of Kangchenjunga North Ridge  (8598 m) in 1979 and his first ascent of Shishapangma South West Face (8046 m) in 1982 have ensured his place in mountaineering history.

Mick Fowler is one of climbings most prolific ‘new routers’ and engaging characters. By day he holds a very senior role as Assistant Director of Shares and Assets Valuation  with HMRC, but has managed to combine this very demanding career with his passion for visiting unclimbed mountains in Asia, all within his holiday allowance from the Tax Office!

His first ascents now include major lines in many of the world’s most spectacular ranges including Taulliraju (Peru), Changabang (India) and Spantik (Pakistan). He has been voted the Mountaineers’ Mountaineer in the UK national newspaper The Observer and, together with Paul Ramsden, was awarded the prestigious Piolet d’Or (France) and Golden Piton (USA) awards for ‘the year’s best climb’ for his ascent of Siguniang’s North West face in China. He was awarded the King Albert Medal for mountain achievement in 2012 and again won a Piolet d,Or with Paul Ramsden for his ascent of the Prow of Shiva (India) in 2103. He is currently President of the Alpine Club.

(Speaker Note: Kurt Diemberger is now not able to speak at this lecture – Mick Fowler is his replacement)

Fundraising for:  Community Action Nepal

Info from: Community Action Nepal Tel: 01768 484842

Tickets/Booking: £15.75  from the Derby Live box office Tel: 01332 255800  or via Derby Live website click here

 

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