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Stephen Venables

Stephen Venables
From the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine in 1924 to the 1996 disaster when 12 people died on one day, Everest has proved a formidable challenge to even the most experienced mountaineers. At 8,850 metres (29,035 feet), the summit rises high inside the ‘death zone’ where temperatures rarely rise above –30ºc and the air pressure is a third of that at sea level. In 1988, Venables wrote his own extraordinary chapter in the Everest story. With a team of just four climbers, he pioneered a new route up the gigantic East Face, reaching the summit alone, without supplementary oxygen. He was the first Briton to do so. Caught out by darkness on the descent, he survived a record night alone in the open, without tent or sleeping bag, at 28,000 feet. Twenty-five years on, Venables weaves his account of that epic expedition into the bigger Everest story, from the first attempt in 1921, to Hillary’s and Tenzing’s triumph in 1953, to today’s controversial commercial expeditions. This will be a fascinating evening in the company of an internationally acclaimed mountaineer. “Venables is superb on the terror and exhilaration of climbing” - The Sunday Telegraph. Tickets: £15

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