Annual Lecture 2017

The Mick and Vic Re-Union

Wednesday 29th November 2017 from 7 – 10pm
Royal Geographical Society, London

29 years after their ground breaking ascent of the Golden Pillar of Spantik in Pakistan Mick and Vic re-united in 2016 and showed that age is no barrier to Himalayan success by making the first ascent of the spectacular peak of Sersank (6,050m) in the Indian Himalaya

This adventure lecture is a joint fundraiser for the Mount Everest Foundation and Porters’ Progress UK.

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About Mick

Mick Fowler has been a leading figure in the climbing world for 40 years. In the UK he is reknowned as a leading adventure climber with numerous ground breaking first ascents on chalk, shale, London drainpipes and other cliffs not previously viewed as suitable for climbing. Throughout the 1980s and 90s he was a leading pioneer of Scottish winter climbing, his record being 11 consecutive weekends from London. He was the first ascentionist of the first Scottish winter climb to be graded VI and some of the first rock climbs in the UK to be graded E6.

In mountaineering terms he has been a regular expedition climber since 1982, specialising in technically challenging, eye catching lines on peaks between 6000m and 7000m. His first ascents now include celebrated lines in Peru, India, Yukon, Tibet, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Nepal, Russia and Pakistan.

He was voted the Mountaineers’ Mountaineer in the Observer newspaper, has won three Piolet d’Or awards (the Oscars of the mountaineering world) and was awarded the King Albert Medal for mountain achievement in 2012. He has written two books about his climbs and won several literary awards including the John Whyte Award at the Banff Mountain Festival in Canada, the Best Book prize at the Bormio Mountain Festival in Italy, the Grand Prix at the Passy Book Festival in France and Best Outdoor Book at the Golden Rhino Awards in China.

About Vic

Victor is a world-renowned British mountaineer and became a UIAGM mountain guide in 1996 after a career as an architect in London. He relocated to Chamonix, France in 2003 becoming a member of the SNGM (National Syndicate of French Mountain Guides).

He has climbed extensively throughout Europe, the Himalayas and Karakoram achieving many first ascents including the North Pillar of Spantik. He recently calculated that he’s spent five years of his life under canvas!

Victor summitted Mount Everest for his first of six times in 2004 and with back to back summits on Aconcagua in 2013, he completed his Seven Summits bid.

His ascents list is predominantly on climbs of a remote and desperately hard nature, and Victor is still bubbling over with enthusiasm for the peaks and peoples of the Himalayas after 20 years of climbing.

In addition to being an IFMGA guide, Victor is a recipient of the Boardman Tasker prize for mountain literature and won the Grand Prize at the International Mountain Book Festival at Passey in 2015 for his book “Les Tribulations de Mick & de Vic en Himalaya”.