As one of the most iconic mountaineers of the 1970s, the Mountain Heritage Trust was delighted to finally bring Pete Boardman’s almost 10,000 strong slide collection under one roof. Working with the Boardman family and the Chris Bonington Picture Library, the extensive slide collection was donated to the Trust in 2017, with Pete’s papers and personal material following in 2018. All this is now stored in our archive at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre.
Two of our volunteers, Sue and Sheila, began cataloguing the slides in February 2018 and discovered just how extensive the collection is. Beginning in 1965 until Pete’s death on Everest in 1982, the slides document many of his high profile expeditions to the greater ranges; Hindu Kush in 1972, the South West Face of Everest in 1975, Changabang in 1976, K2 in 1978, Kangchenjunga in 1979, Kongur in 1981 and Everest in 1982. The slides are a unique insight in to one of the most significant periods in British mountaineering history, at a time when new lightweight approaches to the Greater Ranges were being pioneered. Yet as well as these international expeditions, the images are a unique snapshot of 1970s climbing life, with UK crags such as the Wye Valley and Alpine trips in 1974 and 1977; as well as the Caucaus, Tatras, Corsica and Australia all pictured. Access to the collection can be requested by getting in touch through the website.
The Mountain Heritage Trust would like to extend their sincere thanks to both the Boardman family and our volunteers for ensuring that this valuable archive is preserved for the years ahead. With the slides organised, work is now beginning on re-boxing the slides in specialist archive boxes and our thanks go to the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust who have paid for these.
MHT will be hosting their first ever ‘antiques roadshow’ style event at next week’s Kendal Mountain Festival. There will be two sessions held over the weekend, between 12-2pm on Saturday and Sunday in the Play Group Room at The Brewery Arts Centre and are free to attend.
It will be an opportunity for folks to bring along log books, photographs and equipment etc and receive historical information on a specific bit of kit and how it fits into the on going development of climbing gear. We will also offer advice on appropriate care and preservation and how it could be used in an exhibition context.
MHT will be bringing a few artefacts from its own collection such as the Jardine prototype Friend, Chouinard’s ice hammer used on the Direct Finish of the Diamond Couloir, Mount Kenya in 1975, items from expeditions to Everest as well as the odd nut or two!
We look forward to seeing you there.