‘First in the Himalaya’

Date and time: Tuesday 19th November 2013   Time: 7.00pm

Vene: Oxford University, Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW

World class mountaineers Kurt Diemberger (Austria), Robert Schauer (Austria) and Doug Scott CBE, three of the greatest Himalayan climbing pioneers, visit Oxford on November 19th to tell of their epic adventures and mountaineering firsts, superbly illustrated by stunning photography. The event is aid of Community Action Nepal.

Legendary Austrian Kurt Diemberger, the only living person to have made first ascents of two 8000m peaks (Dhaulagiri and Broad Peak), is the headline speaker. He later went on to climb Makalu, Everest and Gasherbrum II, and was awarded the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Robert Schauer made the first ascent of the west face of Gasherbrum IV with his Polish climbing partner Wojciech Kurtyka and spent 10 days climbing the so-called “shining wall” in alpine style. To this day this fearsome climb has not been repeated.

It was selected by Climbing Magazine as one of the 10 most impressive climbs of the 20th century.

Doug Scott will be talking about the first ascent of the south-west face of Shishapangma in Tibet, which he completed alpine style. Doug received the Piolet d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and continues to invest his energies in Community Action Nepal, which he set up in 1994 to support community development projects in the mountain areas of Nepal.

The evening features a special charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Bonington, Hornbein and Bonatti, which will raise funds for Community Action Nepal.

Info from: Community Action Nepal Tel: 01768 484842

Tickets/Booking: £15.00  available from Phil Powell – Tel: 01865 778 536 OR send a cheque payable to ‘CAN’ and a SAE to First in the Himalaya, 43 Annesley Rd, Oxford OX4 4JH OR from Blacks, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1EA (cash only)

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