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What's new this month? September 2017

Friday, 1 September 2017

The British weather has been very changeable of late. Yellow rainfall warnings one minute and sky-rocket temperatures from Europe the next. Before the mercury plummets again and you can’t bear to be parted with your slanket, schedule in an inspiring evening of mountain adventure with one of our top author events.

Simon Yates is touring venues around the UK to share stories of climbing the world’s greatest mountain ranges; Martyn Farr charts the history and development of cave diving in The Darkness Beckons lecture tour and Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are taking to the road to discuss their years of conquering the toughest peaks around the globe. See below for booking details.


Simon Yates
Descending the west face of Siula Grande, Peru, in 1985, Simon Yates was faced with the unenviable prospect of cutting the rope adjoining him and his climbing partner Joe Simpson, who had suffered a fall over a cliff face and was slowly pulling Simon off the mountain. The decision saved both climbers’ lives and the subsequent publication of the book and film Touching the Void made them household names. Far from abstaining from mountain life, Simon has since spent over thirty years climbing the world’s most significant ranges in alpine style. He will be visiting venues round the country with an elaborately illustrated talk about his great climbs. 

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Doug Scott
Marking forty years since Doug Scott and a team of world-class climbing elites successfully ascended the most difficult of the world’s high mountains, Doug is visiting venues around the country to share newly discovered images of the climb. Famously, Doug broke both his legs on the descent, which left him with little choice but to crawl back down the mountain. Fraught with misadventure, the eight-day scrabble was followed by a five-day wait for a stretcher and a helicopter crash in Skardu. 

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Martyn Farr
Martyn began cave diving in 1971 and by 1981 had established a world record for under-sea cave penetration in the Bahamas. He has made many expeditions worldwide, to such places as Iran, Mexico, Borneo, China, Dominican Republic, Japan, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearics, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Australia and, most recently, New Zealand. His lively and entertaining talks cover the classic cave-diving destinations around the world and the sport’s history, development, discoveries, record achievements and tragedies. 

International Cave Diving Conference 16-17 Sept | Hidden Earth 30 Sept | DIVE 22 Oct | Kendal Mountain Festival Nov (date to be confirmed)


Chris Bonington
When Chris Bonington started climbing, none of the world’s fourteen 8,000-metre peaks had been conquered. In 1970 he led the ascent of the South Face of Annapurna – the most technically difficult major peak to climb at the time – and in 1975 he faced the ultimate challenge of leading the first ascent of Everest by its South-West ridge.

Borderlines Festival 4 Oct | Guildford Book Festival 9 Oct | How to Academy 16 Oct |  




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