Top of the World to the Bottom World-Renowned Mountaineer to Speak in Perth @ Perth Concert Hall
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm
Top of the World to the Bottom  World-Renowned Mountaineer to Speak in Perth @ Perth Concert Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Thirty years ago Stephen Venables made history with a new route up Mt Everest, being the first to summit via the gigantic Kangshung Face. And, remarkably, he did it all without supplementary oxygen.

But anxious not to rest on his laurels, Stephen has since turned his attention to the bottom of the world and the icy mountains of the Antarctic Circle, where he has climbed peaks that are just as testing as the loftiest on Earth.

Now he’s sharing these icy exploits at a Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) Inspiring People talk in Perth.

During the talk, Stephen will recount his marvellous career to date – the highs of climbing Everest, and his new focus on the summits of the south: sailing, skiing, and making first ascents on the remote mountains of Tierra del Fuego, the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia.

And his stories will be right up to date as he has just returned to Scotland after a large-scale expedition to South Georgia:

“It’s a magical island in the vastness of the Southern Ocean. And we approached it by sea as a stunning Pelagic Australis raged overhead.”

But, having recently made home in the Scottish capital, Stephen is becoming increasingly unsure whether such long-range trips are really that necessary:

“Now that I live in Edinburgh and have all the glory of the Highlands right on my own doorstep, I must confess to niggling doubts about the value of these big trips”

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the RSGS commented:

“The RSGS has played host to many of the great mountaineers of the past 100 years – Eric Shipton, Edmund Hillary and George Mallory to modern-day greats such as Chris Bonington and Leo Holding. It’s a great privilege, therefore, to be once again hosting Stephen in our talks programme and continuing this enviable tradition.

“I hope Stephen’s talk inspires those in attendance to get outside and conquer their own unclimbed summits, however big or small.”

Stephen added: “I always enjoy my speaking tours with the RSGS and will enjoy this one even more, now that it is so close to home”.

For tickets call Horsecross box office 01738 621031

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Penny Junor: All The Queen’s Corgis @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Feb 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Penny Junor: All The Queen’s Corgis @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre

The Queen has had corgis by her side ever since she was seven years old and persuaded her father to buy one for the family. The dogs are the Queen’s constant companions and Jenny’s book reveals the scraps and scrapes in which the dogs have been involved.

Daughter of Sir John Junor and school-mate of Princess Anne, journalist, TV presenter and popular writer, Penny Junor is possibly best known for her royal biographies, originating with Diana: Princess of Wales, earning her the label of ‘royal expert’. This is a fascinating and affectionate look at the Queen and her most faithful companions on what really makes our much-loved and longest reigning monarch truly light up.

3.00pm – 4.00pm | £8.50

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