Reference Number:
GB 3075 ATK
Papers of Flight Lieutenant Ted Atkins
one folder
Creator Name 1:
Atkins | Flight Lieutenant Ian Edward
Biog/Admin History:
Ian Edward Atkins, known as Ted, was born 8th November 1958 in Newcastle, where he was educated before transferring to the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. An engineer by profession, Atkins joined the RAF Mountain Rescue Service in 1979, leading the first RAF ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. In 1983 Atkins made his first visit to the Himalayas. He was the Mountain Leader of an eighteen month Joint Services Expedition to Brabant Island, Antarctica where he made first ascents of 28 mountains. He was invested with the Polar Medal by HM The Queen as a result of this. He was involved in an unsuccessful attempt on Mount Everest, West Ridge, with the Joint Services Everest Expedition in 1988 and led the successful RAF Mountain Rescue Expedition to Mount Everest, North East Ridge, in 2001. In 2004 Atkins made an ascent of Mount Everest, South East Ridge, using his prototype Topout oxygen mask. This piece of equipment became the market leader for climbing high mountains. Atkins left the RAF to manage his new company,Topout Oxygeneering Ltd, which is still operating. In 2008 Atkins went back to the Himalaya and climbed Makalu whilst making further evaluations and improvements to the mask. Atkins is currently working as a speaker on motivational and leadership topics.
Acquisition Source:
Given to Robin Ashcroft, Manager of the National Mountaineering Exhibition, Rheged by Flight Lieutenant Ted Atkins.
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Personal account of an Everest summit, May 2004. Ted Atkins used his prototype 'Topout' oxygen system and was aided by Mingma, a Sherpa.
No further accruals expected.
Original order maintained.
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Physical Description:
Five pages, typescript
Related Material:
Records of the Joint Services Expedition to Brabant Island (JSE/1-2) are also held by the Mountain Heritage Trust.
Records of other Mount Everest Expeditions are held at the Royal Geographical Society.
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
Everest, Mount
Himalaya Mountains
Related Entities:
British University Film and Video Council
Magdalene College, Cambridge
National Media Museum
North Devon Record Office
Oxford University, Merton College
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library and Archives
Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Science Museum Library
Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine
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Maxine Willett