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What's new at Vertebrate? May 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Twentieth-century travellers, the Kinder Mass Tresspass and a throwback to Touching the Void – there is something for all outdoor inclinations and interests in our authors' upcoming lecture series.

Like travelling? Grab a chair at one of Bob Comlay’s talks. More of a rambler? Join Ed Douglas for a talk about the history of Kinder Scout. Missed Doug Scott’s 2017 lecture tour? Don’t worry, he’s back on the road this autumn. You can't say we don't cover all bases … 


Nick Bullock

Date/Time: Tuesday 5 June, 8.15–9.30 p.m. 
Tickets: £8
Venue: Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 11-12 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7HA

To celebrate the publication of Nick Bullock’s new book Tides Ellis Brigham and Mountain Equipment have teamed up to present an exclusive talk and book signing in Covent Garden on Tuesday 5 June.

Signed and personalised copies of Tides will be available to buy on the night with Nick arriving at 5 p.m. for a special signing prior to the talk.

Find out more HERE.

Ed Douglas

Venue: Derby Book Festival, Quad, DE1 3AS
Date/Time: 12–1 p.m. Tuesday 5 June
Tickets: £5

One half of the Kinder Scout author duo, Ed Douglas, is joining the line up at this year's Derby Book Festival – a event that promises a packed programme of book-related activities and events for all ages. 

Ed Douglas is a writer and journalist from Sheffield, who began his outdoor life forty years ago on the mountain. In collaboration with John Beatty, he has spent the last five years working on a book that tells Kinder Scout’s story and reveals its magic.

Click HERE to find out more. 

Doug Scott

Doug Scott CBE and fellow icon of mountaineering, Chris Bonington, made the first ascent of the Ogre (7,285 metres) in the Karakoram in July 1977. Their climb extended the boundaries of what had been achieved before at that altitude. But it was the subsequent descent from the summit in the dark, a catalogue of disasters that would have defeated most people, which has since entered mountaineering folklore. 

Doug will be telling a thrilling story of hard climbing, team work and survival against all odds, in his famously laconic and humorous style. The talk has been refreshed with the aid of recently discovered photographs and material from the diaries of other team members - Chris Bonington, Nick Estcourt and Clive Rowland - plus cine film and audio tapes recently discovered in an attic and made by the late Mo Anthoine on the expedition.

Click HERE for dates and ticket information.

Chris Bonington

The great climber charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – from the Alps to the Eiger, and the Himalaya – but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. An evening with a legend.

Appearances: Hay Festival Borders Book Festival

Simon Yates

One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time, Simon Yates is best known for his role in the harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Joe Simpson's bestseller Touching The Void.

Following that experience in Peru, Simon has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trod. This illustrated lecture features spectacular images and film of the most remote and rarely explored mountain ranges of the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic and Alaska to Central Asia - there is hardly a significant range that Simon has not visited.   

Tour dates (click for ticket info): 20 Jun | 8 Sep | 14 Sep | 9 Oct | 12 Nov | 19 Nov

Bob Comlay

Bob was one of a handful of crew members who chose to accompany H. W. ‘Bill’ Tilman – one of the last great explorers of the twentieth century – on two sailing voyages to Greenland in the early 1970s, giving him a unique insight into Tilman’s expeditions and self-effacing character. His talks are illustrated with over 100 photographs from his private collection and a number of private letters from his friendship with Tilman. 

Click HERE for details of Bob’s tour dates. 



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