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Brian Hall | High Risk – Climbing to Extinction

20th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

£18 – £22

On behalf of Community Action Nepal

Brian, a close friend and climbing partner of Community Action Nepal’s founder, Doug Scott, shares his captivating journey through the 1970s and 80’s, recounting his memories of their mutual friends: Alan Rouse, Paul Nunn, Joe Tasker, Pete Thexton, Georges Bettembourg, Mike Geddes, Alex MacIntyre, John Whittle, John Syrett, Sam Cochrane and Roger Baxter-Jones.

Starting with rock climbing at Leeds University and progressing to the hard game of mountaineering in Scotland and the Alps in winter, Patagonia and the Andes. He then went to Nepal on expeditions to Jannu, Nuptse, Everest in winter, Ogre 2, Makalu, Chamlang and K2.

Brian asks why they took such risks and remembers these friends with fondness, celebrating their achievements and looking back at a very different world than today. The Golden Age of Himalayan climbing was an epoch that marked the change from heavyweight expeditions to fast and light alpine style. They thought it was a safer way to climb, but in the end, the statistics show otherwise.

The presentation is loosely based on the book High Risk, a critically acclaimed work that won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature in 2022, the Himalayan Club Kekoo Naoroji Award in 2022 and the NZMFF Best Mountain & Adventure Narrative 2023.

1h 30m


20th September
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
£18 – £22
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01768 868000
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The Rheged Centre, Redhills
Penrith , Cumbria CA11 0DQ United Kingdom
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01768 860008
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