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Sir Chris Bonington - Ascent - A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge

Mountaineering legend and icon Sir Chris Bonington examines his life and share tales of triumph and tragedy. A truly inspirational journey.

About 'Ascent - A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge':

Sir Chris Bonington's memoir Ascent will chart not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger, and the Himalaya - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family, and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

Ascent is a memoir like no other. A cerebral narrative on what it takes to conquer fear, and learn / develop the technical skills necessary to climb the world’s greatest peaks; what it is like to survive in places no human being can ultimately reside in for longer than a few months at very high altitude, but also how one overcomes emotional obstacles and rediscover what drives us on to happiness. 

Bonington has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of 50 and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world. Along the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near-death adventures, and the many luminaries of the mountain fraternity he has climbed with, and in some cases - witness their deaths on the rock.

In Ascent, Bonington also discusses his first wife, Wendy, who tragically died after contracting motor neuron disease and his years of caring for her. At eighty he decided to return to an iconic climb from his past - The Old Man of Hoy which he summitted with Leo Houlding. He has now also found love again and remarried in April 2016. 

'These well chronicled chapters of Chris’s life read like the pages of an epic saga with all the battle and victory, triumph and tragedy, love and loss one would expect of a mythical hero.' - Leo Houlding

'Bonington was a fabulous and very creative climber. He brought Britain back to being a leading nation of climbers.' - Reinhold Messner

'Ascent - A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge' will be published in October 2017 by Simon and Schuster.

Sir Chris Bonington will be joined on stage by Julie Summers. 

About the event:

Ascent is a truly inspirational tale, and we are delighted Festival friend Sir Chris Bonington will join us to share stories of triumph and tragedy and bring to life this wonderful memoir.



Sir Chris Bonington Sir Chris Bonington

Chris, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since.

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