Image: Andrew Thompson
18 March 2020
7.00pm - 9.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Plymouth University (room tbc), Portland Square, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
What drove them, and especially the English, to risk their lives on perilous first ascents of unclimbed summits?
Drawing on paintings, photographs, climbers' journals and literature, this illustrated talk follows in the footsteps of the first climbers and the local shepherds and chamois hunters who became their guides. It explores the social and cultural history of Alpinism through personal stories of obsession, endurance, heroism, rivalry and disaster, from the dramatic first ascent of Mont Blanc to Edward Whymper's epic tragedy on the Matterhorn.
Contact Colin Kilvington with enquiries on 01752 564972.
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