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    Jim Fairey

    The next AC Lakes lecture is on Thursday, 11th January, when John Porter joins us to talk about The Beauty of Risk. Many will know that John has been actively involved in the mountaineering community since the 1970s, as a mountaineer, writer and film-maker. From climbing in Canada, the US and UK to fast and light alpine style ascents in the Greater Ranges; as co-founder of the Kendal Mountain Festival, former AC President and MHT Patron. As part of “the generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction”, John’s insights into the nature of adventure and risk will no doubt be a very interesting evening.

    Then 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 last lecture of this season will be on Thursday, 29th February (NB: a change of date) when Catherine Moorehead joins us to talk about her recently published biography of Doug Scott, ‘Mountain Guru’.

    Full details below. As ever, any queries, do get in touch.

    Best wishes


    Anna Lawford
    AC Lakes Organiser

    Thursday 11th January 2024: John Porter – The Beauty of Risk

    What is risk? Is it a daily reality to avoid, or can we manage it by embracing it? With particular relevance to climbers and mountaineers, John’s talk explores the nature of adventure, challenging man’s perception of what is real and what is delusional. The talk is illustrated with stunning photos drawn from sixty years of climbing and exploring the world, revisiting the nature of beauty and truth through startling juxtapositions of ideas and images. John discusses whether success and failure are equally important to gain understanding of our roles in a universe with no interest in us. He goes into and far beyond George Mallory’s famous justification for climbing Everest; ‘Because it’s there

    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.

    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 29th February 2024: Catherine Moorehead: ‘The Seven Lives of Doug Scott’

    Catherine describes the life and character of one of our greatest climbers and humanitarians, based on her recent biography of Doug, ‘Mountain Guru’. She traces his early influences from his upbringing in Nottingham through apprentice climbs in the UK, Alps, Africa, Turkey and Afghanistan, through his ‘big wall’ climbs and his new routes on major peaks, to his expeditions in lesser-known areas. She describes Doug’s 30 year involvement with Community Action Nepal and assesses his legacy following his death in 2020.

    Signed copies of the book will be available (£20 AC members, £25 non-members, please bring cash if you’d like to purchase a copy), and there will be a Community Action Nepal stall selling some Nepalese items and hoping for your support!

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