Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.
Here Stephen answers some questions for UKClimbing.com about his life, his views on mountaineering and of course, what he thinks about Everest.
In reply to UKC Articles: That is such a cool interview. Just infinitely more meaningful and interesting than "ye i'd like to climb more font 8a's". Also so interesting coming from someone who perhaps defines the older vogue of "adventure" alpinism/mountaineering, which for better or for worse we've been steering away from over the last decade or so towards athleticism.