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This is a fabulous trip for moderately fit people - age we found is no bar.
Victor and Ashley our guides were very encouraging, and we were lucky with beautiful weather. Cool at night and mostly fine days. The camp cooking was exceptional for wilderness cuisine. The wild flowers were stunning especially the prickly scaparia, of many hues. The buttongrass moorlands with mountains behid were vistas from heaven. This should be on all eco-friendly Australians' bucket list.

A & N Bencke | Dudley, NSW

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Because it's there Mountain Festival

Royal Geographical Society : Because it's there Mountain Festival

Tuesday Jun 15, 2010 06:30 PM


Intelligence Squared’s Because it's there Mountain Festival will take place on 15 June 2010. It will be a one evening-only exploration of what Mountains represent to humanity. From Mountains’ place in literature to how they shape history, from providing sublime nourishment for the soul to fuelling mountaineers’ addiction to vertigo, the festival will combine the IQ2 tradition of debate and discussion with film, photography and literature.

TIME                    EVENT
18:30 – 19:15        Short Film by Alexandre Buisse, ‘Pecha Kucha’ style presentations by mountaineers, explorers, film-makers and photographers. Confirmed speakers: Peter Baily, Louise Thomas, Ed Douglas

19:15 – 19:40         Keynote address: Speaker: Stephen Venables

20:00 – 21:15         IQ2 style Discussion
                              Everest has killed the true spirit of adventure
                              Speakers: Rebecca Stephens, Doug Scott, George Band, Kenton Cool
                              Moderator: Stephen Venables

Topics of discussion to include:

·         Walking off the map – what’s still yet to be explored
·         The pursuit of fear – mountaineers’ stories of survival
·         Blending terror and pleasure – mountains and the birth of the sublime
·         Women & Mountaineering
·         Is true adventure still possible in the mountains?

Keynote Speakers:

•                Doug Scott CBE has made 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia.  He has reached the summit of 40 peaks, of which half were climbed via new routes or for the first time without the use of artificial oxygen and is the first Brit to summit Everest.

•                George Band OBE was the youngest member of the first successful Everest expedition in 1953 and the first to climb Kangchenjunga, (the world’s third highest peak) then the highest unclimbed.

•                Kenton Cool is a leading Alpine climber whose clients include Sir Ranulph Fiennes whom he took up the North Face of the Eiger and Everest. Kenton is the only European to summit Everest six times and to summit twice in a season, and on Cho Oyu made the first British ski descent of an 8000m peak.

•                Stephen Venables is a mountaineer, writer and broadcaster. Stephen was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains.

•                Rebecca Stephens MBE is a journalist and author.  She’s the first British woman to have climbed Everest and the first English-speaking woman to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

•                Peter Baily is a professional coach, climber and mountaineer who has climbed some of the most challenging mountains of Asia and America and is now working in Chamonix.

•                Louise Turner is a mother, mountaineer, IFMGA Guide, speaker, occasional writer and full time teacher.  She has made first ascents of vertical walls in Baffin, Borneo, Britain, Greenland, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Norway, Pakistan, Patagonia and Venezuela. Louise worked at Plas Y Brenin - the National Mountaineering centre for 18 years where she became the first and only female Chief Instructor and is one of 6 female British Mountain Guides.

•                Ed Douglas is a traveler, writer and mountaineer. His first book, about Everest, Chomolungma Sings The Blues, was published in 1997. Other books includeRegions of the Heart, a biography of mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who disappeared returning from the summit of K2 in 1995, and the first full-length biography of Tenzing Norgay, who climbed Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.

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The Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of The King’s Ginger – the favoured tipple of bon viveurs, high spirited ladies and sporting gentlemen!

Cost: £25 Location:
Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Start: 06:30 PM


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