Brian's talk will tell the story of climbing through the 1970s and '80s, looking particularly at his memories of eleven friends with whom he climbed: Alan Rouse, Paul Nunn, Joe Tasker, Pete Thexton, Georges Bettembourg, Mike Geddes, Alex MacIntyre, John Whittle, John Syrett, Sam Cochrane and Roger Baxter-Jones.
Starting with rock climbing at Leeds University and progressing to the hard game of mountaineering in Scotland and the Alps in winter, Patagonia and the Andes. He then went to Nepal on expeditions to Jannu, Nuptse, Everest in winter, Ogre II and K2.
Brian asks why they took such risks and remembers these friends with fondness, celebrating their achievements and looking back at a very different world than today. The Golden age of Himalayan climbing, an epoch that marked the change from heavyweight expeditions to fast and light alpine style. They thought it was a safer way to climb but in the end the statistics show otherwise.
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