Stephen Venables | TMCC Distinguished Speaker
|WHEN:||Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009|
|WHERE:||Dandini Campus, Student Center|
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One of the best known mountaineers of his generation and president of the Alpine Club, Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen - just one of many pioneering climbs throughout the Himalaya and other mountain ranges around the world. His first book Painted Mountains won the Boardman Tasker Award; reviewing A Slender Thread, the Observer praised his "novelist's sense of dramatic punch."
As well as ten books, he has written for all the major national newspapers and appeared in numerous television programs, including the recent BBC Mountain Men series, for which he climbed the Matterhorn in Victorian tweeds and nailed boots, and the BBC's Race for Everest.
One of Venables' more recent overseas projects was retracing Ernest Shackleton's steps across South Georgia for the IMAX movie Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure; he also wrote the script for the IMAX film The Alps - Giants of Nature, due for release in 2007. A master storyteller and skilful photographer, his illustrated lectures have inspired public and corporate audiences all around the world.
Currently, Venables is lecturing and climbing in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
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