Petworth welcomes a true national hero. Sir Chris Bonington’s autobiography, Ascent: A Life Spent Climbing on the Edge is the complete life story of Britain’s greatest mountaineer, whose career has spanned six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents. Bonington, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most diffi cult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition.
Chris also reflects on his life behind the mountains, with his late wife Wendy’s battle with motor neurone disease, and finding his feet after her loss.
Chris Bonington will be in conversation with Stewart Collins.