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THURS NOV 29th : DERMOT SOMERS – “The FRENEY PILLAR and other ALPINE ASCENTS”
We are kicking off our Winter Lecture Series with the renowned Irish broadcaster, writer and mountaineer – Dermot Somers. During the evenings Illustrated talk he will be telling the epic story of Walter Bonatti’s nightmare attempt to make the first ascent of the iconic rock tower in 1961, which resulted in the deaths of 4 climbers in the party. He tells that story in the context of his own ascent of the Mont Blanc pillar in 1981.
|Dermot Somers – “The Freney Pillar & other Ascents”
He has presented many Travel and Adventure programmes for TG4 and RTE, including a series on great nomadic journeys of the world.
The series has taken him to Siberia, the Sahara, Iran, and Nepal.
His fiction, history, and travel-writing have been published in English and in Irish, winning awards in both languages.
During their epic trip, the Irish duo of Andy Marshall and Paul Swail conquered the 3000 ft Nose of El Capitan in a single push, taking just under 17hrs for all 33 pitches. They failed and succeeded on Astroman, made a speedy ascent of the iconic Half Dome and many other classic climbs in the valley.
Yosemite is billed as ‘an outlet for the energies of the world’s most passionate and adventurous people’. The duo experienced this first hand with high expectations, pain, elatedness and sheer exhaustion in order to realise the dream of a lifetime.
TICKETS €7 AT THE DOOR
Johnny Dawes is the legendary enigmatic front man of an eclectic band of British climbers who in the mid 1980’s redefined the standards of difficulty and danger in traditional climbing.
Introducing the world to the impossible grades of E8 & E9, and laying the foundations of the modern scene, Johnny’s unique style and character have become legend. Johnny Dawes is one of the very best rock climbers the U.K has ever produced. In 1986, he was responsible for the most inspired new route in a generation, when he climbed Indian Face on Clogwyn d’ur Arddu in Snowdonia. Difficult and tenuous, a fall from its hardest move would most likely be fatal. But Dawes is much more than a risk-taker. His rich imagination has left a legacy of outstanding new routes all over the country, not least on the gritstone edges of Derbyshire where his bold and fluid style reached its fullest expression.Each generation produces a handful of visionaries, people who can see beyond the possible. Whether he likes it or not, Johnny is climbing’s visionary. There are accounts of terrifying first-ascents on crumbling sea cliffs and even more terrifying accounts of van-driving around Wales..
TICKETS €12 AT THE DOOR
An evening definitely NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!!
IAIN MILLER – “SEASONS IN THE ABYSS”
Following on from the success of last seasons brilliant lecture by Iain… We just had to have him back!!!
The focus of the talk will be a continuing mid life crisis, his addiction to fear and pushing the boundaries of what a V Diff climber is capable of.
First Ascent of The Sturrall Headland at 750m long Ireland’s longest rock climb. http://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/sturrall-headland
First Ascent of Tormore Island, at 160m high Ireland’s highest sea stack. http://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/tormore-island
2nd ascent (41 years after the first and only other ascent) of Eagles Rock in Glenade, Leitrim, at 330m high it is Ireland’s highest free standing tower. http://www.uniqueascent.ie/sp/directory/details/eagles-rock-leitrim
TICKETS €7 ON THE DOOR