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Everest - East Side Story - Stephen Venables Lecture

In the centenary year of the first Everest expedition, the Alpine Club welcomed Stephen Venables to its lecture hall to open a special commemorative exhibition: 'Everest by Those Who Were There'.

The lecture Stephen gave, entitled 'Everest: East Side Story' intertwined his own personal Everest journey with the wider story of the world's highest mountain and, in particular, those early 1920s expeditions.

As the first Briton to climb Everest without the use of supplemental Oxygen and as a student of mountaineering history, Stephen is uniquely placed to reflect on the climbing world's relationship with the mountain after 100 years of exploration on its slopes. Packed with personal anecdotes, historical curiosities and some of Stephen's fantastic photography, the lecture provides a fully Reithian experience - informing, educating and entertaining in equal measure. 


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