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‘FIRST ON THE CONTINENTS’: Friday 28th November 2014, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, 7pm, £15
‘First on the Continents’
brings together world class mountaineers Andy Kirkpatrick (UK), Alex Huber (Germany) and Michael Kennedy (USA) to tell of their epic adventures and mountaineering firsts across the continents of Antarctica, North America and Europe. The event, hosted by Doug Scott CBE and in aid of Community Action Nepal, is the first ever to celebrate the differing challenges and rewards of searching out new routes and first ascents across the globe.
will speak about his new route climbed in 2013 on Ulvetanna – The Wolf’s Tooth in Antarctica. In the public eye after leading the ONE Show’s Alex Jones in her BBC Sport Relief climb, he is a captivating public speaker with a razor sharp stand-up sense of humour. Andy’s search for the cold, long and difficult has led him to be described as "making Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton". The beauty of Antarctica combined with great story telling will make Andy’s lecture one to savour.
, who is at the forefront of world rock climbing, will speak of his awe inspiring un-roped solo ascent of the overhanging Cima Grande face in the Dolomites. Once started, the only way off this route was to reach its 3,000 metre summit. Reinhold Messner has said this about Huber’s climb: "500 meters of absolute exposure, without protection and possibility of return, a brilliant deed, which can hardly be surpassed in elegance". In order not to compromise the solo commitment of the climb, the dramatic film footage of the ascent, requiring supporting climbers/cameramen close-by, was only recorded when he repeated the ascent!
, a legendary figure in American and world climbing, will speak of first ascents in the harshest of mountain environments in Alaska, with its bitter temperatures and fierce storms. He will speak of his first ascents of the Infinite Spur on Mount Foraker in 1977 and the Wall of Shadows on Mount Hunter with Greg Child in 1994. His climbing is driven by intuition and living fully in the moment. An engaging and authoritative speaker, he was editor of Climbing Magazine for more than 20 years.
Doug Scott CBE
, the inspiration behind this event, has said, "Fascination with the unknown is a powerful force which has long driven climbers to look round the next corner. With a cast of world class climbers at the top of their game, ‘First on the Continents’ will take the audience around those corners with tales of pure adventure set amongst amazing landscapes."
The evening features a special charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Bonington, Hornbein and Bonatti, which will raise funds for Community Action Nepal.
: Friday 28th November 2014, 7.00pm -10.00pm
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW
Tickets are available from us by post. Please send a stamped addressed envelope stating how many tickets you need (see address below), and make cheques payable to 'Community Action Nepal'. Please tell us your email/ telephone number just in case we need to contact you. If you live in Oxford you can get tickets (cash only) from Blacks in St Aldates.
Please phone us on 01865-778536or email us at
if you need more information.
Phil Powell and Sarah Loving, 43 Annesley Road, Oxford OX4 4JH
Community Action Nepal was set up by Doug Scott as a way "for climbers to give something back to the country in which they lived their mountain dreams. CAN seeks to improve literacy and numeracy among children and adults, extend health and dental care, reverse the depopulation of remote villages, develop women’s groups and strengthen indigenous community-based culture. By supporting ‘First on The Continents’ events, you will help to make a real difference to the lives of the Himalayan mountain people".
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