Three Lectures Next Week: Kangchenjunga

If you live near Oxford, London or Glasgow, next week there are three great events to go to, organised by Community Action Nepal.

Entitled 'First on Kangchenjunga' featuring Joe Brown, Doug Scott, Tony Streather, Naoe Sakashita, Marko Prezelj, Andrej Stremfelj, Vasily Elagin, Professor Mike Searle, Simon Pierse, Hilegard Diemberger plus host Jim Curran.

Tuesday 13th November 2012, 7.00pm � 10.00pm OXFORD: University, Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd OX1 3PW Tickets £15.00 Tel: 01865 778536 or Blacks, Oxford: Tickets are also available on the door.

Wednesday 14th November 2012, 10.30am � 9.15pm LONDON: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR Tickets priced £15.00 to £32.00 available online from our ticket agents or by cheque from the CAN office Tel: 01768 484842. Tickets are also available on the door.

Friday 16th November 2012, 7.00pm � 10.00pm GLASGOW: Royal Concert Hall, Sauchiehall Street G2 3NY Tickets £15.00 Tel: 0141 353 8000 Tickets are also available on the door.


Boardman and Tasker close to the summit of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, on the first oxygenless ascent.
© Doug Scott

SUMMARY:Legendary climber Joe Brown, who made the first ascent of Kangchenjunga in 1955, gives his only public lecture in more than eight years at 'First on Kangchenjunga' a major lecture series celebrating the world's third highest mountain. During the 1950s and 1960s Joe Brown took rock climbing to new levels and his famous climbs such as Cenotaph Corner are still test pieces for climbers today. Joining Joe are an international line up of climbing stars.

The events celebrate major triumphs and mountaineering firsts on Kangchenjunga, the mountain's sacred significance, its geology and feature a special Kangchenjunga art exhibition. The work of charity Community Action Nepal (CAN) will benefit from the events.


Joe Brown and Tony Streather from the first ascent team in 1955 headline the greatest ever assembly of Kangchenjunga pioneers, telling of their adventures and mountaineering firsts.

The complexities and dangers of the mountain moved Sir John Hunt, leader of the 1953 Everest expedition, to comment

�There is no doubt that those who first climb Kangchenjunga will achieve the greatest feat in mountaineering�.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness tales of epic human endevour and to discover the geology, spirituality, art and history of Kangchenjunga.

There is an art exhibition, a display by the Mountain Heritage Trust and a charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Bonington, Hornbein and other famous mountaineers.

The flagship all day event on Wednesday 14th November at the Royal Geographic Society features not only Joe Brown CBE and Tony Streather OBE but also Japanese climber Naoe Sakashita, who made the fourth ascent, Slovenian climbing greats Marko Prezelj and Andrej Stremfelj who climbed the South West Ridge, Russian Vasily Elagin who made the first traverse of its five summits and Doug Scott CBE who made the third ascent.

An exceptional supporting cast of geologist Professor Mike Searle, Kangchenjunga art expert Simon Pierse and Tibetanologist Hilegard Diemberger plus host Jim Curran complete the impressive line up.

First on Kangchenjunga at Oxford (13th November) and Glasgow (16th November) are evening only events with speakers Doug Scott CBE, Marko Prezjl , Vasily Elagin and Oxford Professor Mike Seale (Oxford only) . There are no supporting speakers at these events.

Doug Scott said of the event �I am thrilled that Joe Brown has 'come out of retirement' to speak at 'First on Kangchenjunga'and support CAN. Joe promises to tell what he really thinks about climbing today, as well as give a first hand account of his ground breaking ascent of Kangchenjunga in 1955. I can't wait!�

Community Action Nepal (CAN) was set up by Doug Scott CBE, the first Briton to climb Everest, as a way �for climbers to give something back to the country in which they lived their mountain dreams�. It seeks to improve literacy and numeracy among children and adults, extend health and dental care, reverse the depopulation of remote villages, develop women's groups and strengthen indigenous community-based culture. Doug Scott commented �By supporting 'First on Kangchenjunga' events, you will help to make a real difference to the lives of the Himalaya mountain people�.

For more information visit Community Action Nepal
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