Stephen Venables Lecture


An Illustrated talk by STEPHEN VENABLES

DATE:        22 NOVEMBER @ 7:00 for 7:30 pm
PLACE:       UNITE LECTURE THEATRE (University of KZN - Entrance through Gate 3, Rick Turner Rd (was Francois Road), DURBAN
TICKETS:     R80  Payment in advance by EFT to MCSA
BOOKING:    Through Scott Sinclair
CELL:          083 235 4938  
ENQUIRIES:  Anne Rodwell

Stephen Venables, the world-renowned mountaineer, will be coming to Durban on the last leg of his South African Tour, to give an illustrated talk on ‘MOUNTAINS ON SEVEN CONTINENTS’. View the attached poster for contact details (do also make a print (or two) and put it up in your home, your office, your workplace, or wherever…….and tell your family, friends, and colleagues about it!)

This is a fantastic opportunity to see and hear Stephen Venables, who is one of the most accomplished mountaineers and explorers of our time. So, make your booking as soon as possible, as seating is limited and will fill up very quickly.

Stephen Venables, mountaineer, writer, broadcaster and public speaker, was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.

Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains. His adventures have also taken him to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, East Africa, South Africa and of course the European Alps, where he has climbed and skied for over forty years.

The stories of these travels have enthralled Stephen’s lecture audiences in theatres, schools and university clubs and at corporate conferences all over the world. He has also appeared in television documentaries for BBC, ITV and National Geographic, presented for Radio 4 and appeared in the IMAX movie Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.

He has written for all the London broadsheet newspapers, covering exploration and adventure, as well as more diverse subjects such as transport, gardening, music and sculpture.

Painted Mountains, Stephen’s first book, won the 1986 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. Subsequent books have won the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Festival and the King Albert Award. His ninth book, published in 2006, is the Sunday Times bestseller Ollie – the touching story of his elder son who had autism and who died from a brain tumour.

Two further books were published in 2007, which also saw the release of the IMAX movie The Alps, for which Stephen wrote the screenplay. He was also busy that year as President of the Alpine Club, celebrating its 150th anniversary. In 2008 he returned again to South Georgia, guiding a party on the Shackleton Traverse and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

In 2011 he led the crux section of World Expeditions' Great Himalayan Trail. In 2013, celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of his Everest climb include an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

See for more information on Stephen.
Daniel Ryding,
22 Oct 2013, 12:05
Daniel Ryding,
15 Nov 2013, 12:51