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DATE: Sunday 30th November 2014 TIME: 7.00pm
VENUE: The Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 7SA
LECTURE: ‘First on the Continents’
This unique event, hosted by Doug Scott CBE, is the first ever to celebrate the differing challenges, rewards and landscapes as climbers search out new routes and first ascents across the globe. It offers a fascinating insight into our planet and those who dare to be the first. From the wilderness beauty of Antarctica, the intense cold of Alaska to the overhanging big walls of Europe, First on the Continents will give a unique insight into adventure, landscapes and exploration.
Alex Huber, at the forefront of world rock climbing, will speak of his awe inspiring solo ascent of the overhanging Cima Grande face in the Dolomites. Un-roped, one mistake could be fatal. Once started the only way off this route was to reach its 3000 metre summit. Reinhold Messner, the first to climb all fourteen 8000 metre peaks, said of Huber’s climb: “500 meters of absolute exposure, without protection and possibility of return, a brilliant deed, which can hardly be surpassed in elegance”. In order not to compromise the solo commitment of the climb, the dramatic film footage of the ascent, requiring supporting climbers/cameramen close-by, was only recorded when he repeated the ascent!
Andy Kirkpatrick will speak of his new route climbed in 2013 on the Wolf’s Tooth – Ulvetanna, in Antarctica. In the public eye after leading the ONE SHOW’s Alex Jones in her BBC Sport Relief climb, he is a captivating public speaker with a razor sharp stand – ups sense of humour. Andy’s search for the cold, long and difficult has led him to be described as “Making Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton”. The beauty of Antarctica combined with great story telling will make Andy’s lecture one to savour.
Michael Kennedy a legendary figure in American and world climbing will speak of first ascents in the harshest of mountain environments – Alaska, with its bitter temperatures and fierce storms. He will speak of first ascents of the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker in 1977 and the Wall of Shadows on Mount Hunter with Greg Child in 1994. His climbing is driven by intuition and living fully in the moment. An engaging and authoritative speaker, he was editor of Climbing Magazine for more than 20 years.
The evening features a special charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Bonington, Hornbein, Bonatti and other famous mountaineers which will raise funds for Community Action Nepal.
FUNDRAISING FOR: Community Action Nepal
FURTHER INFO FROM: Community Action Nepal Tel: 01768 484842
TICKETS: £16.00 From the Winding Wheel Box Office Tel: 01246 345 222