Join the audience for an evening of inspiring and unforgettable talks from Julie Summers and Sandy Allen in conjunction with Arc'teryx. Featuring ‘Everest Needs You, Mr Irvine’ - one of the greatest unsolved mountaineering mysteries - and 'The Mazeno Ridge', a world class first ascent in Pakistan.
Everest Needs You, Mr Irvine
The disappearance of Mallory and Irvine close to the summit of Mount Everest in June 1924 is perhaps the most romantic and the greatest unsolved mountaineering mystery. The discovery of Mallory’s body in 1999 answered none of these questions but it excited speculation and enthralled a new generation.
At twenty-two Sandy Irvine was the youngest member of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition but he was far from the inexperienced ingénue that history has suggested. He had crammed into his short life what few men achieve in a lifetime: from outstanding mechanical inventions during the First World War, via a double blue in rowing at Oxford and exploration in the Arctic, to a passionate love affair with his best friend’s stepmother, and perhaps standing on the summit of the world. This beautifully illustrated talk by Julie Summers, Irvine’s great niece and biographer, brings to life one of the most enthralling stories linked to Mount Everest. Set in the Edwardian era, when the conquest of the mountain represented the last, great challenge of exploration after both the poles had been discovered, it evokes the mood of the early twentieth century and of British climbing at the time of the First World War.
In 2013 Sandy Allen made an extraordinary new ascent of 8125m Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world by the 13KM long Mazeno Ridge.
The climb took 18 days and the team crossed 7 peaks over 7000m along the way. After 13 days they ran out of food and most opted to descend. But Sandy and his partner continued spending 3 days without water. It was an astonishing exercise in human endurance and determination by two men in their 50s – one of the most remarkable Himalayan climbs ever. Listen as Sandy recalls the story – the challenges and the thoughts that were driving him on.
In addition, short film ‘Determination’ by Arc’teryx athlete Luka Lindic will be shown.
Tickets cost £8 with all proceeds going to The Mountain Heritage Trust.
28th January 2015 - Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
3-11 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA
29th January 2015 – The Kings Arms, Bristol
The Kings Arms, 168 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol, BS8 2XZ
7.30 – 9.00pm
3rd February 2015 - Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports
Wellington Mill, Duke St, Manchester, M3 4NF
7.30 – 9.00pm