Top climber makes his descent on Penrith

Top climber makes his descent on Penrith
Denali south face

Denali south face

Famous British mountaineer Andy Houseman will give a lecture at the Rheged Centre, Penrith on 31st January talking about The South Face of Denali /Mt. McKinley (Alaksa) and the North Face of Chamlang (Nepal) with an introduction by climbing legend, Doug Scott and all in aid of a very good cause.

Andy Houseman and Nick Bullock are climbers at the forefront of mountaineering today – undertaking bold ascents in pure alpine style. Andy, with regular climbing partner, Nick, are known for their commitment to bold ascents in pure alpine style and at this lecture Andy will be telling of his recent trips with Nick to Alaska to climb Denali (6,194m), the highest mountain in N. America, and to Chamlang (7,314m) in Nepal. The lecture will raise funds for the Mountain Heritage Trust www.mountain-heritage.org and Community Action Nepal www.canepal.org.uk.

Andy says of the Denali climb “ there is no question that those intense 84 hours climbing the  nearly 3000m Slovak Direct South Face of Denali, were the most committed, intense and memorable climbing I have ever done.  The atmosphere of the face, the remoteness, the size of the mountain and the four days of bad weather mean it is our most out there route!”

Doug Scott will introduce the evening with an account of his new route on Denali with Dougal Haston and his first ascent of the East and Central summit of Chamlang with Reinhold Messner.In June 2012, Andy and Nick made a rare ascent, only the sixth to date, up one of Alaska’s hardest alpine climbs – the Slovak Direct on the South Face of Denali. Nearly 3000m meters vertical, their technical climbing skills were put to the test as they committed to the eighty four hour climb, getting caught in an Alaskan storm leading to one of their most intense mountain experiences to date.

Later that year the pair returned to Nepal and the beautiful Hongu Valley to attempt a new route on the North Face of Chamlang. Five weeks of strong winds prevented the team from having a proper attempt at the face, but they went on to achieve the summit of an unclimbed peak, Hunku 6119m via the East face.

The lecture starts at 7pm and the Peter Sidwell@Rheged Café will be open for food. Adults £15. Children £10. For full details please visit www.rheged.com or call 01768 868000 to book your ticket.