Ascent – Sir Chris Bonington’s Mountainous Memoir

In 1985, iconic British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington climbed to the summit of Mount Everest. This was neither his first nor his last climb, but inarguably one of the most dangerous, poignant and rewarding physical feats any human might achieve; and Chris is no stranger to that. Having spent six decades climbing, Chris knows everything there is to know about calculated risk and unfathomable reward. In his new memoir, Ascent: A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge, Chris recounts his electrifying adventures conquering seemingly insurmountable peaks, and casts an eye back over his life – his childhood love of the outdoors, his term in the army, and the drive that still fuels him today.

This book tells first-hand accounts of his climbs, including the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger, and his leadership of the expedition that completed the first ascent of the South Face of Annapurna. With true stories of bravery in the face of despair and survival simply by incredible determination, Chris bares his experiences from all areas of his life – inconceivable elation in mountaineering, and heart-rending loss in love. Ascent: A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge is the story of human willpower and the capacity for incentive that hope bears. In detailing this incredible life it reminds us all that absolutely anything is possible and may be achieved – despite every odd.

Chris will be speaking about his remarkable life and memoir at the festival, in conversation with Luke Hughes, Chair of the Mount Everest Foundation. Book now, to avoid disappointment:


Friday 10th November / Event 28
4.30 PM
The Electric Palace

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