The Himalayan Trust UK presents
Ninth Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture
THURSDAY 8 JUNE 2017
COOL MAN’S EVEREST
Doors & bar open at 6 pm, lecture starts at 7 pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Ticketing site kindly hosted by World Expeditions
Join friends of the Himalayan Trust UK to listen in awe to the finest alpine climber of this generation. Kenton is an engaging motivational speaker, who delivers popular keynote speeches on all aspects of his many accomplishments in the outdoors. He relates with great vividness and emotion the experience of summiting some of the world’s highest mountains.
Kenton has summited Everest twelve times and is the first person in history to have climbed the three Everest peaks – Everest itself, Lhotse and Nuptse – the so-called Triple Crown, in a single push – a feat previously thought impossible.
The Trust will also use this opportunity to give you an insight into its valuable education and health work in Nepal and its “Build Back Better” campaign following the devastating earthquake of 2015.
The Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture Series Background
Sir Edmund Hillary – or ‘Ed’ as he was universally known – passed away on 11 January 2008, at home in Auckland, aged 88. A huge wave of emotion swept over the people of New Zealand. Led by their Prime Minister, Helen Clark, they mourned their great Kiwi, lying in state in Holy Trinity Cathedral, with his Everest ice axe and Maori ceremonial staff atop the casket.
Here in the UK, people also paid tribute. Sir Edmund was a Knight of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry granted by Her Majesty the Queen. On a knight’s death, his personal banner is ceremonially laid down on the High Altar of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. This was done at an extraordinarily moving ceremony on 2 April 2008, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
The following day The Himalayan Trust UK organised a special tribute at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hillary, spoke on ‘Growing up with Ed’. Tenzing Norgay’s son, Jamling Norgay, spoke on behalf of the Sherpa community. And there was a showing of Michael Dillon’s prize-winning film Beyond Everest, about Sir Ed’s philanthropic work with the Sherpas. The auditorium was packed to the rafters and overflowing.
So moved were the loyal supporters and Trustees of The Himalayan Trust UK, that a decision was made to launch a series of Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lectures that would take place annually on the day of his ascent of Everest, 29 May, or as close to this day as possible, at the Royal Geographical Society. Today, this continues to be an opportunity to gather with our friends and supporters, and raise funds for the children and grandchildren of the people who made the whole great Everest adventure possible, the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.
Previous speakers have included Alan Hinkes OBE, Stephen Venables, Dr Mike Gill, Jan Morris, Leo Houlding, Prof David Vaughan, Dr Hugh Lewis-Jones, Doug Scott CBE and Sir Chris Bonington.