Stephen Venables

Everest East Side Story

Stephen Venables is a writer and mountaineer who was the first Briton to climb Mt Everest without the aid of supplementary oxygen.  He is a former president of the the Alpine Club and of the South Georgia Association, having led ten expeditions to that sub-antarctic island.  He has published twelve books and appeared in several television documentaries, most memorably climbing the Matterhorn in Victorian dress.


The title of his talk refers to the rarely visited Kangshung Face of Everest, in Tibet, where Stephen and three American companions pioneered a new route to the summit in 1988.  He will relate that epic climb in the context of the earliest Everest expeditions, in particular the 1921 Reconnaissance, which was the first to explore the eastern and northern approaches to the mountain, seventeen years after Col Younghusband’s brief and ill-advised invasion of Tibet. Stephen will also touch on the first ascent in 1953; the leader of that expedition, John Hunt, was also ‘honorary leader’ of the 1988 expedition.  Keen mountain historians will  note that 2024 is the centenary of the 1924 expedition when George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared near the summit.


Sir Charles Wilson Building

Address: 1 University Avenue, Glasgow – at the corner of University Avenue and Gibson Street.

Access information –  here

This lecture theatre is very atmospheric, as you can see in the picture above. It has all modern facilities but retains many original features in a beautifully refurbished church building. There are good public transport links, free parking very close by in the University grounds from 5pm, plus nice places to eat or drink before the lecture if you want to make a night of it.

The venue has a hearing loop which can be accessed via a hearing aid. The best reception for the loop can be achieved by audience members sitting in one of the front six rows.

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