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Sunday 18th Nov 12.30 - 14.00 Kendal Town Hall Buy Tickets

Tales from The Alpine Club

The Alpine Club pulls a few strings, and brings to Kendal an exciting new session including those 'bad boys' of British alpinism, the Burgess twins.

The Alpine Club is climbing’s most venerable organisation; the world’s first mountaineering club, at the heart of alpine climbing since its inception in 1857. It’s not all about the history, however; this is also a club that’s plugged into the heart of modern alpinism, at the cutting edge of climbing in big mountains across the globe.

With this kind of reach, the Alpine Club is able to call upon many famous names and is bringing to Kendal an exciting new curated session.

Outrageous identical twins, drunken pranksters, master lie-tellers and extremely talented high-altitude climbers. The Burgess twins, known to all as Aid and Al, became renegade climbers from an early age; the stuff of on- and off-the-rock legends for decades, from the 1960s onwards. Expeditions to K2, Everest, and other behemoths may have been successful, but also memorable for other reasons. Such as brewing ale at K2's 17,500ft base camp to keep people occupied. The twins claim that many of their legendary exploits never happened — at least not as far as they can recall - but as the old Sherpa saying advises: "Maybe true. Maybe not true. Better you believe." Join John Porter and Brian Hall as they persuade their old friends to recount tales old and new, in one of their rare Burgess visits from their US homes.

The second section of the programme will feature a lively panel discussion on social media in the mountain world. 

For good or ill, social media is the default means of mass communication and can only grow larger in years to come. Whilst there are more voices in our community than ever before, does this merely cloud the conversation? Surely there are some voices that shouldn’t be listened to? But where or who can draw that line? Communication has changed. News breaks so fast now, and viral stories generate reaction and comment before climbers are even off the mountain. It is clear that all these moving parts have implications, yet have we fully appreciated what those might be? Has it created a community of individuals? Or has it brought us closer together? Join Mick Fowler, Melanie Windridge, Jo Croston and Tom Livingstone in a discussion chaired by Jonny Dry that considers the role social media is playing in the climbing world.

£12.50

Speakers

Aid Burgess Aid Burgess

One half of the identical Burgess twins, known to all as Aid and Al, who became renegade climbers from an early age; the stuff of on- and off-the-rock legends for decades, from the 1960s onwards.

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Al Burgess Al Burgess

One half of the identical Burgess twins, known to all as Aid and Al, who became renegade climbers from an early age; the stuff of on- and off-the-rock legends for decades, from the 1960s onwards.

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Tom Livingstone Tom Livingstone

​Tom is a 27-year-old British climber and writer who has a penchant for trad, winter and alpine climbing - the bigger and harder, the better.

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Jonny Dry Jonny Dry

Jonny lives something of a dual existence from his base in the North of England.

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Melanie Windridge Melanie Windridge

​Dr Melanie Windridge is a physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure.

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Mick Fowler Mick Fowler

Mick Fowler is a award winning legendary British climber, author and Inland Revenue employee!

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Brian Hall Brian Hall

Legendary mountain guide, film safety specialist and co-founder of Kendal Mountain Festival.

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Joanna Croston Joanna Croston

Joanna is Programme Director at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

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