In 1988 Stephen Venables became 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.
Now to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ascent, Stephen and his fellow climbers are organising a celebratory evening on 14th March 2013 at the Royal Geographical Society to raise funds for our work to help brain tumour patients regain control of their lives.
The link to brainstrust, and our work is simple – Stephen’s eldest son, Ollie, had autism from the age of two and was later diagnosed with a brain tumour, from which he died a the age of 12. Stephen also has an old climbing friend who has maintained a highly active climbing life for over ten years whilst saddled with an inoperable brain tumour. Stephen is a patron of our work and is keen to raise awareness of what we do by holding this event.
“I hope the evening is also going to help brainstrust’s brilliant support for those facing a far greater and more serious adventure.” – Stephen Venables
Everest was an epic personal journey for Stephen, but he admires the far greater challenge faced by brain tumour patients. As he says, “The brain is the last great frontier of exploration, where there is still so much to discover. brainstrust challenges the medical profession to improve care. It also encourages patients to cope positively with their diagnoses, giving them all the information they need to take control of the difficult journey ahead. For me, this anniversary celebration at the Royal Geographical Society is a chance to relive the greatest adventure of my life. It’s going to be a fantastic and entertaining evening, but I hope it’s also going to help brainstrust’s brilliant support for those facing a far greater and more serious adventure.”
The reunion event in March 2013, which is happening in the same year as the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from the four climbers and their base camp team about the perilous journey which saw them not only pioneer a new route up the mountain’s biggest face, but also saw Stephen surviving an unplanned night in the open at 28,000 feet – a world record for a solo bivouac.
“Amongst the most remarkable ordeals From which men and women have returned alive” – Lord John Hunt
The one-and-a-half hour presentation will include some of the most dramatic photographs ever taken on Everest, illustrating first hand tales from the team which forged one of the hardest routes up the world’s highest mountain, without the help of high altitude porters or oxygen equipment. They called their route ‘Neverest’. The world-renowned climber Reinhold Messner said it was ‘probably the most adventurous in Everest’s history’. Lord Hunt, patron of the expedition, described it as ‘amongst the most remarkable ordeals from which men and women have returned alive.’
This will be the first time that the entire team has been together for 25 years – a unique opportunity to hear how they wrote one of the most extraordinary chapters in Everest’s history.
If you are interested in attending this event, or would be interested in supporting it as a sponsor, please call us now on 01983 292405, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.