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To the Top: The First ascent of the Kangshung Face of Mt Everest and other Great Peaks

Stephen Venables, the first person to sleep on the summit of Mount Everest
Friday, 1 Jun 2018
Complimentary Drinks Reception 7.15 pm; Talk 7.45 pm
Function Room, 1/F, Ladies' Recreation Club, 10 Old Peak Road, Mid-Levels
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In conjunction with the Ladies' Recreation Club, the Royal Geographical Society is delighted and honoured to be welcoming to Hong Kong again Stephen Venables, one of the world's greatest mountaineers, and famed as a suave, witty speaker. This talk marks the 30th Anniversary of his reaching the summit of Mount Everest alone and without the use of oxygen, by pioneering a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face from Tibet in China.

Stephen Venables's Everest climb was a thrilling highlight to a career which has taken him right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains.  His adventures have also taken him to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, Africa and the European Alps, where he has climbed for nearly forty years including a new route on the celebrated north face of the Eiger.  

On his Everest triumph, since he reached the summit during the afternoon, he had to spend the night alone, at the summit without a tent, then the highest ever bivouac, followed by an epic 3-day descent without food.  In 2000, he was chosen with Conrad Anker and Reinhold Messner, as perhaps the world's three greatest active mountaineers, to star in the film Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure which played worldwide.
Stephen Venables was educated at Charterhouse and at New College, Oxford University.  In addition to his mountain fame, he is a prolific writer, with articles published in more than 30 publications including Mountain, American Alpine Journal, Geographical, Yachting Monthly, Conde Nast Traveller, Sunday Times, and the Observer.  He has published some ten books, including Everest Alone at the Summit, Island at the Edge of the World - A South Georgia Odyssey, A Slender Thread, The Story of Everest and Everest – Summit of Achievement.  Mr Venables has also appeared in several documentaries about mountaineering, including To the Third Pole, Beating the Blizzards and Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.  He holds seven prizes for literature, including the WH Smith Travel Book Award.  A suave, witty speaker, he has lectured to over 200 organisations in some 20 countries.  Mr. Venables has been Chairman of the Mount Everest Foundation, President of the Alpine Club and President of the British Mountaineering Institution.

 Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$180 for Members, guests and others including a welcoming drink.


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