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    Jim Fairey

    The next AC Lakes lecture is this Thursday, 9th November, when Stephen Venables, a former AC President, will be talking about Everest, covering his 1988 new route on the Kangshung Face and the wider story of Everest from a mountaineer’s perspective.

    This is the lecture that Stephen gave in 2021 at the opening of the AC’s Everest Centenary Exhibition, to mark the centenary of the first reconnaissance expedition to Everest, prompting a member of that audience to email me: “It was truly one of the best talks I’ve ever seen… You’re in for a real treat!”

    The last Lakes lecture this year will be on Thursday 30th November when Lina Arthur will be talking about the writing of her winter mountaineering guidebook, Snow & Ice.

    On Thursday 1st February, Simon Yates joins us to talk about his summer 2023 trip with Mick Fowler to Tajikistan’s Rushan Pamir to attempt a new route on the north face of Patkhor.

    The final lecture of this season will be on Thursday, 7th March when Catherine Moorehead joins us to talk about her recently published biography of Doug Scott, ‘Mountain Guru’.

    Further information on all the lectures below.

    Best wishes


    Anna Lawford
    AC Lakes Lecture Organiser

    Thursday 9th November, Stephen Venables: Everest – East Side Story

    To mark a hundred years after the first British Everest expeditions of the 1920s, Stephen intertwines his own personal Everest journey with the wider story of the world’s highest mountain.

    As the first Briton to climb Everest by a new route on the Kangshung Face in 1988, summiting alone without the use of supplementary oxygen, and as a mountaineering writer, broadcaster and historian, Stephen is uniquely placed to reflect on the climbing world’s relationship with the mountain after 100 years of exploration on its slopes.

    Packed with personal anecdotes, insight and humour, historical curiosities and fantastic photography, the lecture promises to be an informative and highly entertaining evening celebrating the mountaineers’ Everest.

    Venue: The Greta Suite of the Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BL

    Doors Open: 7pm. Lectures Start: 7.30pm.

    The lectures are free to AC Members. Non-members are welcome to attend for a suggested donation of £3-£5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

    Future Lectures:

    Thursday, 30th November, Lina Arthur: Snow & Ice – The Writing of a Winter Mountaineering Guidebook

    Pinning down how guidebooks are written can be as elusive as UK winter conditions; many people erroneously think guidebook writers spend all their time climbing!

    Lina Arthur’s book, ‘Snow & Ice’, highlights 100 winter mountaineering routes across the UK, providing clear photo topos, accurate maps and inspiring action shots, but writing it didn’t always go exactly to plan. In this talk, Lina shares the highs and lows of winter guidebook writing and invites us to look behind the printed page into how guidebooks are made.

    January 2024: Details tbc

    Thursday 1st February 2024, Simon Yates: Patkhor – Pleasure and Pain

    In July 2023, Mick Fowler and Simon travelled to Tajikistan’s Rushan Pamir – an area to the east of the main Pamir range, rarely visited by climbers. Their objective was a new route on the north face of Patkhor 6083m, followed by a north to south traverse of the peak. All went well until food poisoning from some freeze dried meals at the first camp on the mountain, started a chain of events that led to a mountaineering epic, culminating in an abseiling accident that Simon was lucky to survive.

    Thursday 7th March 2024, Catherine Moorehead: Mountain Guru – The Life of Doug Scott

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