News 2013

Stephen Venables
Title: Stephen Venables awarded Lynam Medal
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Date: 12/12/13
System Date: 12/12/13
Stephen Venables became the third recipient of the Lynam Medal following an excellent and inspiring lecture last night, Thursday, 12th December 2013, where he recounted the highs and the challenges of his life as a mountaineer. 

Stephen was 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.

Everest was a thrilling highlight in a career which has taken Stephen right through the Himalaya, from Afghanistan to Tibet, making first ascents of many previously unknown mountains. His adventures have also taken him to the Rockies, the Andes, the Antarctic island South Georgia, East Africa, South Africa and of course the European Alps, where he has climbed and skied for over forty years.

Painted Mountains, Stephen’s first book, won the 1986 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. Subsequent books have won the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Festival and the King Albert Award. His ninth book, published in 2006, is the Sunday Times bestseller Ollie – the touching story of his elder son who had autism and who died from a brain tumour. Two further books were published in 2007, which also saw the release of the IMAX movie The Alps, for which Stephen wrote the screenplay. He was also busy that year as President of the Alpine Club, celebrating its 150th anniversary. In 2008 he returned again to South Georgia, guiding a party on the Shackleton Traverse and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

Lynam Lecturers to date;
  • Harish Kapadia (2011)
  • Dawson Stelfox (2012)
  • Stephen Venables (2013)
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