RGS-IBG mountain lecture series at Blencathra Field Centre


Mountain Heritage Trust is delighted to announce a series of fund raising lectures organised by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) at the Blencathra Field Centre, Threlkeld.

Starting in April and running across the summer, Mary-Ann Ochota, Nigel Vardy and archivists from Mountain Heritage Trust and RGS-IBG will provide a unique insight into a range of subjects such as anthropology, mountaineering and the Mallory-Irvine attempt on Everest.

Mary-Ann Ochota will begin the lecture series on the 13th April talking about her experiences as an archaeologist, anthropologist and broadcast. Drawing from her experiences and travels across the globe, her talk ‘Explorers, Anthropologists & Tourists: What’s the difference?’ will be packed with tales to entertain and inspire.

Following this, on the 25th July MHT and RGS-IBG archivists Eugene Rae and Kelda Roe will be sharing notable artefacts and stories from the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition, the notorious Mallory-Irvine attempt in which both disappeared high on the upper summit ridgeline.

The last in the series opens on the 15th September, in which Nigel Vardy will give his talk ‘Over the Horizon’. The talk, which recounts his exploits as a high-altitude mountaineer and his triumphs over the serious frostbite injuries he sustained on Mount McKinley (6,190m) in Alaska, is a celebration of the mountain environment and of living life to its fullest.

Each of these lectures will take place at the recently refurbished Lecture Hall at the Blencathra Centre, Threlkeld, CA12 4SG. Doors open on each night at 7pm for drinks with the talks beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for RGS-IBG & BMC members and £8 for non-members, with all proceeds going towards Mountain Heritage Trust.

Bookings can be made by calling the Blencathra Centre on 017687 79601. For more information on these and the many other RGS-IBG events held across the North West region visit: https://www.rgs.org/events/?categories=NorthWest