Sir Chris Bonington


6 August 1934

Known for:

  • Being the first British to ascent the North Wall of the Eiger, first ascent of the Central Tower of Paine, leader of the successful Annapurna South Face Expedition, leader of the first successful Southwest Face of Everest Expedition, first ascent of The Ogre, first ascent of Kongur, his own successful ascent of Mount Everest, and the first British ascent of Mount Vinson.
  • Leading the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the 70s.
  • Leading the successful expedition, making the first ascent of the South-West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reaching the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition.
  • Being the author of 17 books fronting numerous television programs, mountaineering journalist, photographer and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world.
  • Receiving a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for 8 years and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Berghaus.

Notable Climbs:

  • Eiger
  • Central Tower of Paine
  • Annapurna South Face
  • Everest South Face
  • The Ogre
  • Kongur
  • Vinson
  • Annapurna II
  • Aoraki/ Mt. Cook
  • Nuptse

… and a lot more

At the age of 86, the veteran mountaineer still is hard at it today!

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