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‘FOUR MEN ON A MOUNTAIN – EVEREST KANGSHUNG FACE
Time: Sunday 7pm Venue: Killarney Plaza Hotel
Two Americans, one Canadian and one Briton – alone on the biggest wall of the world’s highest mountain. No high-altitude porters, no ladders, no oxygen, no satellite phone, no radios. And no hope of outside help if anything went wrong. But they succeeded on a spectacularly difficult new route up the East Face, with Stephen Venables becoming the first Briton to reach the summit without supplementary oxygen. He also, unintentionally, set a new record for surviving a night alone in the open at extreme altitude. In this spellbinding and beautifully illustrated talk, he recounts one of the most remarkable ascents of the worlds highest peak.
‘Probably the most adventurous ascent in Everest’s climbing history.’ Reinhold Messner
Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen 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, East Africa, South Africa and of course the European Alps, where he has climbed and skied for over forty years. He has appeared in television documentaries for BBC, ITV and National Geographic, presented for Radio 4 and appeared in the IMAX movie Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.