Alan Hinkes: only Briton to summit the world's 8,000m peaks

Alan Hinkes: only Briton to summit the world's 8,000m peaks

The only Briton to climb all the world’s 14 highest mountains will talk about his experiences in an evening fundraiser for a mountain rescue team.

Alan Hinkes, who recently published his long awaited book chronicling his ascents, will entertain an audience next month in Kirkby Stephen.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the town’s mountain rescue team. The event will also include a display of high-altitude gear from Lyon Equipment, based down the road in Tebay, and historical clothing and equipment from the Mountain Heritage Trust.

The 13 December event at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School will also feature screenings of mountaineering film clips, displays of photographs and a raffle. Drinks and snacks will also be on offer.

Arthur Littlefair, leader of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Alan is a staunch supporter of mountain rescue and a very engaging speaker.

“His courage and technical mountaineering skills are impressive enough, but his ability to capture beautiful photographs and to film in extreme environments is extraordinary.

“This event should appeal not just to keen mountaineers but to anyone with a love of the outdoors and to those with an interest in landscape photography.”

More details, along with an online ordering facility, are on the Kirkby Stephen MRT website.

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