Sir Chris Bonington
The UK's best-known mountaineer started climbing at the age of 16, in 1951. It has been his passion ever since.
Chris' legendary climbing CV places him in a class of his own. H made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger, and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975, and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He is still active in the mountains, climbing with the same enthusiasm as he had at the beginning.
Chris has written 17 books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus.
In 2015 Chris received one of the most prestigious awards in mountaineering; the Piolet d'Or lifetime achievement award, created to recognise mountaineers who have inspired generations of others.
We're proud that Sir Chris Bonington is Patron of Kendal Mountain Festival.
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