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17-Sep-2009 NZAC present: Stephen Venables' "Himalayan Odyssey
The New Zealand Alpine Club, with the help of the Melbourne Melbourne University Mountaineering Club and Bogong Equipment, will host one of the world's most distinguished mountaineers when it welcomes British climber and author Stephen Venables to Australia in September.

Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Swanston
St, Melbourne
Time/date: 7:30pm Thursday 17th September (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Cost: Members $10, Concession $15, Non-members $20
Tickets: Bogong Equipment, 374 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne

Venables, best known as the first British climber to summit Mt Everest without oxygen, and for his daring ascents of previously unclimbed Himalayan peaks, will do a presentation in Melbourne on Thursday 17th September.

It's rare for a climber of this calibre to visit Australia, rarer still that the public gets the opportunity to hear them speak!

Venables began his climbing career in the European Alps in the mid sixties. He went on the make eleven mountaineering expeditions to Asia over the next twelve years, racking up an astounding clutch of technical first ascents. Interspersed with his Asian climbing he fitted in expeditions to Peru and Bolivia, East Africa, Chile and South Georgia.

His historic climb of Everest without oxygen in 1988 via the massive Kanshung face was the event that afforded him the most public exposure. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with a small American-Canadian team, camping in the open at 8600m on the descent and suffering frostbite.

He wrote his first book 'Painted Mountains' in 1986, for which he won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Subsequent books, of which there have been eleven, have won the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Festival and the King Albert Award. His 'Himalayan Alpine Style' is considered by many climbers to be the bible of bold Himalayan climbing today. He recently published his long-awaited autobiography, 'Higher than the Eagle Soars . A Path to Everest.'

New Zealand Alpine Club President Phil Doole, says Venables story won't just appeal to climbers. "Anyone with a sense of adventure will appreciate hearing Stephen speak," he said.

Don't miss this opportunity!

Contact: Paul Day - Chair, Australian Section, New Zealand Alpine Club


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