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2023 MEF Lecture to be Given by Brian Hall

This year's MEF Annual Lecture will take place on 31 October 2023 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The main address will be given by British alpinist Brian Hall who will be discussing his Boardman-Tasker winning book 'High Risk'.

Fitzroy Patagonia John Whittle climbing ph Hall

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.

Brian and Book2

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased via the RGS website.