Tales from on top of the world
Renowned adventurer, writer and broadcaster, Stephen Venables, will explore the history of the world's greatest mountain – Everest.
From the disappearance of Mallory and Irvine in 1924 to the 1996 disaster when 12 people died on one day, Everest has proved a formidable challenge to even the most experienced mountaineers.
At 8,850 metres (29,035 feet), the summit rises high inside the "death zone" where the temperature rarely breaks –30C and the air pressure is just a third of that at sea level.
In 1988 Venables wrote his own extraordinary chapter in the Everest story.
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With a team of just four climbers, he pioneered a new route up the gigantic East Face, reaching the summit alone, without supplementary oxygen – the first Briton to do so.
Caught out by darkness on the descent, he survived a record night alone in the open, without tent or sleeping bag, at 28,000 feet.
His impressive career spanning more than 40 years has taken him all over the world, from the Himalaya in Asia, to the European Alps, the South American Andes, the mountains of East and Southern Africa, and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.
Stephen is a seasoned speaker and the stories of his adventures have enthralled audiences all over the world
Twenty-five years on, Venables weaves his account of that epic expedition into the bigger Everest story – from the first attempt in 1921, to Hillary's and Tenzing's triumph in 1953, to today's controversial commercial expeditions.
The Everest Story is coming to Strode Theatre, in Street, on Tuesday.
To book tickets, contact the Box Office on 01458 442846 or see the website at www.strodetheatre.co.uk.