Leo Houlding's Spectre - Trans Antarctic Expedition - RGS London
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Leo Houlding's Spectre - Trans Antarctic Expedition - RGS London


The Spectre, Trans-antarctic Expedition 2017-18 was an ambitious, first of its kind project, aiming to combine and unsupported, wind assisted journey of 1700 km across the interior of Antarctica, with exploration and ascents of the extremely remote and technical Gothic Peaks. This included a peak name the Spectre, by far the most southerly rock spire on the planet. Come and hear Leo Houlding describing the highs and lows of this gruelling yet ultimately successful expedition. In aid of the Mount Everest Foundation (mef.org.uk) and Porters’ Progress UK (portersprogressuk.org).

Leo Houlding, Expedition Leader: is an adventure professional. He has vast experience organising major expeditions and has achieved significant first ascents and repeats over 26 years climbing in the Alps, Yosemite, Greenland, Baffin Island, Patagonia, The Himalaya and Antarctica. He has more recently taken up kiting and has 5 years experience in the Lakes, the Alps, Norway and 1000 mile Greenland kite expeditions in 2016. He also has an impressive adventure TV and Film resume including Wildest Dream, Everest IMAX, The Asgard Project, Last Great Climb, Discovery Channel Lost Worlds, BBC Fierce Earth and Top Gear.


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Paul Hodges has written to let CAN know that their annual charity event will be taking place on Saturday, 23rd June 2018 and he would love to hear from everyone - the 'regulars' as well as being able to welcome new faces - ALL ARE WELCOME!

The current list of events planned for the day are listed below but Paul expects more will be added over the coming weeks so watch this space and keep a watching brief on social media. 

Ian Draisey's Cycle Sportif: The group have a target of raising £2,000.00 and will call into the cafe so please give them a great cheer if you see them!

Paul's - Siabod Triple Challenge - Join Paul for one or more parts of his triple challenge:

 Moel Siabod (872 m)

Moel Siabod (872 m)

Part One: The Siabod Challenge : six mountains, 23 miles, 8,800 ft ascent - TIME 7/8 hours

Part Two: The Siabod Half Round: four mountains, 15 miles, 5,400 ft ascent - TIME 4/5 hours

Part Three: Moel Siabod: 5.6 miles, 2,330 ft ascent - TIME 1.5 / 2 hours

Paul will be setting off at 5:00 am on Part 1; Part 2 will start at approximately 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm and Part 3 will start at around 5:00 or 6:00 pm. These timings are a little unpredictable but Paul will update the cafe on a regular basis as he works his way round. 

Twiggy's Craft Sales:  Stall of wonderful goods in the cafe

Nepalese Memorabilia and Artefacts

Mike Lees' Cafe games throughout the afternoon - ideal if the weather is bad!

Auction of signed framed prints and other goods: Start time around 7:00 pm


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Photographic Exhibition by Afuera Photography

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Peter Williams runs his small business, Afuera Photography in which he combines his love of adventure in the mountains with his passion for photography. 

Contact details: 07535 678679 or www.afuera.eu 

Peter began his business with the aim of creating opportunities for people who want to venture into the outdoors and capture their experience for posterity.

As a result he has "helped teach people about photography whilst exploring and being surrounded by stunning views and scenery, but also as a medium to help the people who live in these spectacular places"


Peter writes that as a result of mountaineering in numerous countries his experiences and opportunities have only been possible through the help and generosity of the local people. He is particularly grateful to those communities who live in the Himalaya, who stoically accept the harsh conditions but who have always proudly supported the expeditions of outsiders. 

Peter is acutely aware of the devastation caused to rural communities in remote areas of Nepal and, through CAN, wants to support the rebuilding programme.

As a result Peter is donating a proportion of any money taken from sales to help support Community Action Nepal - you are warmly invited to visit the Cafe by the Lake and share his experiences and help CAN at the same time. 

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