Magazine article Geographical

Event of the Month

Magazine article Geographical

Event of the Month

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4 November, 7pm

Discovering people: Brian Blessed

(LECTURE, LONDON)

Join Libby Purves in conversation with Brian Blessed, one of Britain's best-loved actors, directors and writers, as well as a passionate traveller and mountaineer.

After climbing Mont Blanc at the tender age of 17, Brian became hooked on mountaineering and has since tackled some of the planet's most challenging ascents. Counting Mallory and Shackleton among his greatest heroes, Brian successfully climbed Aconcagua in Argentina and Kilimanjaro in Africa, while he has also attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest three times, in the process becoming the oldest man to reach an altitude of 28,000 feet (8,534 metres) without supplementary oxygen.

Not only a keen mountaineer, Brian has also trekked on foot to the magnetic North Pole and explored the rainforest of Venezuela, writing about these and his mountaineering experiences in five books, including The Turquoise Mountain: Brian Blessed on Everest, To the Top of the World and Quest for the Lost World. …

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