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1
Mar
2004

Bonington's Everest

Sir Chris Bonington CBE
Monday, 1 Mar 2004
The Hong Kong Fooll Club

The Hong Kong Fooll Club, Causeway Bay

Drinks Reception 6.30pm Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome Sir Chris Bonington to Hong Kong again, to lecture on his many expeditions and long association with Mt. Everest. Chris Bonington's Everest tells the story of all his visits to the Everest region, starting with his first ascent of the South Face of Nuptse, the third Peak of Everest, in 1961. The story continues with his first attempt on the precipitous South West Face of Everest in 1972. This expedition was defeated by the savage wind and bitter cold of the Himalayan autumn and was described as "one of the great stories of our time" by Lord Hunt, leader of the triumphant 1953 first ascent of Everest. Chris Bonington then led another expedition on the same route in 1975 and achieved a stunning first ascent, placing four men on the summit through a combination of meticulous planning, superb teamwork and sheer climbing skill and endurance. He then describes his 1982 attempt with a small team to climb the unscaled North East Ridge of Everest. Finally he describes his own successful ascent of Everest as a member of Arne Naess's Norwegian Expedition in 1985. Since 1985, Chris Bonington has been widely involved with expeditions to Everest and has frequently returned to the region. Chris Bonington has climbed widely from Greenland to Antarctica since he was sixteen. One of the greatest mountaineers of his generation, he has made many celebrated first ascents, including the Central Pillar of Freney in the Alps, Annapurna II and Nuptse in the Himalayas, The Ogre in the Karakoram, only ever climbed once again despite some 20 attempts, Kongur in Sinkiang and the Central Tower of the Paine in Patagonia. He has made some 26 expeditions to the peaks of central Asia, including twelve first ascents of peaks over 6,000 metres. He is also a highly successful author and broadcaster and has published 15 books. He holds the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$100 for Members, HK$150 for Members' guests and HK$200 for others. This includes a free drink with snacks prior to the lecture.

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