Sir Chris Bonington: My Climbing Life at the RGS

A huge audience joined Sir Chris Bonington, friends and family to celebrate his eightieth year by sharing stories and anecdotes of his outstanding climbing career and personal life.

The evening commenced with an introduction by former MHT Chair, Julie Summers and a film with Hamish MacInnes.  This was followed by on stage contributions of those featured below, plus a film showing Sir Chris’ recent ascent of the Old Man of Hoy with Leo Houlding.

Spanning more than sixty years, Chris’s outstanding career has had its fair share of drama. His experiences range from jubilant to harrowing with the loss of many friends during ground-breaking expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s.  From his home in the Lake District to the Himalayas and South America with a visit to the Arctic regions thrown in for good measure, Sir Chris has enjoyed an active life in the mountains, which continues with his most recent climb revisiting the Old Man of Hoy over the summer.

The audience showed their warm appreciation of the event with a standing ovation.

MHT should like to extend a huge thanks to those who participated and those who gave their generous support on the evening.

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