Proceeds from Simon Yates's talk will go to help Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

Proceeds from Simon Yates's talk will go to help Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

The mountaineer famed for cutting the rope of his climbing partner as he dangled from an Andean mountain will deliver a talk to raise funds for a rescue team.

Simon Yates will make his presentation in November with proceeds going to the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

Yates is best known for his role in a harrowing expedition to the Andes in 1985. He climbed the west face of Siula Grande in the Huayhuash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes with Joe Simpson. On the descent, an accident resulted in Simpson falling over a cliff while roped to Yates, who was forced to cut the rope to avoid both climbers being stranded on the peak.

Simpson survived, and recounted the story in his bestselling book Touching the Void, which was later adapted into a film.

Following the 1985 expedition to Peru, Simon Yates has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trodden.

The event will feature spectacular images and film from the Artic to the Antarctic and Alaska to Central Asia.

A team spokesperson said: “Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.

“The venue has limited capacity and is expected to sell out. Therefore advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.”

The team is also keen to hear from individuals or companies willing to donate prizes that could be included in a raffle at the event to raise further much needed funds for the volunteer-staffed organisation.

The talk will take place at Hexham Community Centre in Northumberland on the evening of Thursday 30 November. Tickets, costing £12, are available online or from the venue.

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