From the south faces of Annapurna and Everest, to the Central Tower of Paine and Shivling : whether as lead mountaineer or expedition leader, Chris Bonington is not only one of the most prolific British mountaineers, but also one of the most creative, and an ardent explorer. We meet this giant of the mountains, Sir Chris Bonington, one of the greatest mountaineers of the 20th century.
nnapurnas (plural), Nuptse, the Ogre, Everest, as well as Changabang, Kongur, the Central Tower of Paine, Shivling, and many more: Chris Bonington has secured his place in the mountaineering history books, just as much for the array of summits scaled, as for the expeditions led on major climbs such as the south face of Annapurna and the south west face of Everest, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Since his legendary youth on the greatest faces of the Alps, from the Eiger to Freney Pillar, where he achieved a first right under the nose of René Desmaison, his name has conjured up epic tales of major expeditions, adventures to the four corners of the Himalayas, and the extraordinary generation of British mountaineers who left their mark on the world’s most challenging mountains. Chris Bonington endured it all; a man whose ambition and talent pushed the boundaries of what was deemed possible.
BONINGTON IS A SURVIVOR. A MAN WHO NEVER SHIES AWAY FROM THE UNKNOWN
His friends all lost their lives in the mountains: Nick Escourt, Joe Tasker, Mike Burke, Peter Boardman, Dougal Haston.