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Everest, K2 and the 8,000ers Today - the Changed Face of the Himalayas

Adrian Hayes
Thursday, 28 Sep 2023
Complimentary Drinks from 6:45 pm; Talk at 7:30 pm
The Executive Centre - Level 35, Two Pacific Place

Record-breaking adventurer, mountaineer and explorer, Adrian Hayes, gives a thought- provoking perspective on the changes in Himalayan high altitude mountaineering in the past few years – both positive and disturbing.

In this visually stunning presentation, Adrian, a former Hong Kong-based Gurkha officer, discusses his summiting of Everest in 2006, his two attempts on K2 in 2013 and 2014, when he summited, and his return to Everest this year.  He compares these with his attempt on the neighbouring 7,181m Pumori, when he witnessed the unfolding tragedies on Everest – including with his co-located team.  His conclusions, both societal and mountaineering-wise, are of great interest to all those with a love of mountains, mountaineering and adventure.
Adrian is returning to Nepal in Spring next year to attempt the third highest mountain in the World, Kanchenjunga, a long planned expedition to the majestic mountain located in his former Gurkha Regiment’s recruitment area.
Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, mountaineer, author, speaker, coach, documentary presenter and campaigner.  An Arabic and Nepalese-speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer, who also spent two years in the Special Forces, his adventuring achievements include trekking to both Poles, summiting Everest and K2, crossing the length of Greenland and the Arabian Desert, setting two Guinness World Records, writing two books and featuring in three documentaries to date.
A former Airbus Middle East sales director, in his primary work Adrian is a global keynote speaker and professional leadership and executive coach, delivering speeches, seminars, programmes and workshops worldwide.  Adrian has presented three documentaries to date: The Greenland Quest for the National Geographic Channel, and Footsteps of Thesiger and In Inner Mongolia for the Discovery Channel.  His first book ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ was published in 2013, followed by his second ‘One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2’ in 2019, both with forewords from Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including complimentary free-flow drinks. 

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to
The Executive Centre as the Venue Sponsor of this talk.

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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