28th November 2002

 

THE ONLY WAY IS UP FOR MOUNTAIN MAN

 

The man who aims to be the first Briton to climb all the world’s mountains above 8,000 metres will be speaking about his achievements in Hull on Saturday.

 

Alan Hinkes, Britain’s leading extreme altitude mountaineer, will give a public lecture at the University of Lincoln’s George Street campus at 7.30pm on 30th November.

 

His audience will hear Alan’s story of his record ascent of Annapurna, the tenth highest and one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

 

His achievement in reaching the summit of Annapurna came 30 years after fellow Britons Dougal Haston and Don Whillans made a similar ascent.

 

Climbing Alpine-style, and taking only 19 days after leaving Khatmandu, Alan was also the first Briton to use a new and very steep route on the north-east buttress of the mountain and had to dodge severe turns in the weather and the threat of avalanches.

 

This amazing achievement now leaves him only two mountains - Kangchenjunga and Dhaulagiri – to complete his Challenge 8000 quest to be the first British man to climb all of the world’s peaks above 8,000 metres.

 

“Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear about the highs and lows from this amazing mountaineer who looks almost certain to enter the history books,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.

 

The talk will take place in the Saville Lecture Theatre on George Street.

 

Tickets priced £7.50 are available from Wet and Wild in Hull – telephone 01482 354076.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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