- 2008/2009 Series

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Scottish Dates

  • Thursday 25th September 2008 - Glasgow - Dave McLeod – Safe is Risky
  • Wednesday 15 Oct 2008 - Ratho - Simon Yates – To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth
  • Thursday 16th Oct 2008 - Glasgow - Simon Yates – To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth
  • Wednesday 21st January 2009 - Ratho - Jenny Pugh – Arctic Foxes
  • Thursday 22nd January 2009 -Glasgow- Jenny Pugh – Arctic Foxes
  • Wednesday 11th Feb 2009 - Ratho - Jamie Andrew – Life and Limb
  • Thursday 12th Feb 2009 - Glasgow - Jamie Andrew – Life and Limb
  • Thursday 5th March 2009 - Glasgow Mountain Film Festival

Dave MacLeod - Safe is Risky

Glasgow: 7.30 pm, Thursday 25th September 2008.

Tickets: £9 in advance, £10 on the door

Dave MacLeod is one of the world’s boldest climbers. His remarkable climbing CV includes cutting edge ascents of traditional rock climbs, bouldering, sport climbing, and mixed. Dave MacLeod’s ascents of The Hurting XI,11 Don’t Die of Ignorance XI, 11, Requiem E11 and soloing Darwin Dixit 8c are futuristic ascents that are well ahead of their time. In a stunning multi-media show, Dave takes us through the compelling story of these climbs. He‘ll also be talking about how he prepares for bold climbing and his motivation for doing it in the first place.

Simon Yates – To The Uttermost Part Of The Earth

  • London: 7.30pm, Thursday 9th Oct 2008
  • EICA, Ratho: 7.30 pm Wednesday 15 Oct 2008
  • Glasgow: 7.30 pm Thursday 16th Oct 2008

Tickets: £9 in advance. £10 on the door.

Simon is best known as a result of his epic rescue of Joe Simpson, after their first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes described in Joe’s award winning book ‘Touching The Void’ and the film of the same name.

Over the last twenty five years Simon has climbed extensively around the world, concentrating on exploratory mountaineering. He has made many first ascents in the Himalayas and Andes.

Simon’s first book - ‘Against The Wall’ was published to critical acclaim in 1997 and was runner up in The Boardman Tasker Award for mountain literature. His second – ‘The Flame of Adventure’ was published in November 2001. In February 2001 Simon joined Celia Bull on her yacht Ada II in the southern-most city in the world – Ushuaia - in Argentinean Tierra del Fuego.

In the company of the Alpinist Andy Parkin, Elaine Bull and Jane Yates they set sail into the Beagle Channel. Having spent six evenings on Ullswater in the Lake District the previous summer learning to sail Toppers – small, single-sailed, plastic-hulled yachts – Simon felt well-prepared for sailing an ocean going yacht in some of the most notorious seas in the world.

Simon follows the fortunes of the good ship Ada II and her crew as they battle westwards before finally anchoring in the beautiful Bahia Yendegaia, just a days horse ride from the mountains (did somebody mention horse riding?). Yet despite a few setbacks Andy and Simon went on to make a fine first ascent of a mountain they called Monte Ada (2100m) in the Cordillera Darwin range of mountains – arguably the most remote chain of mountains outside of the Polar Regions.

Simon returned to the Cordillera Darwin in 2003 to make the third ascent of Monte Frances (2200m) and in 2006 sailed around Cape Horn. In February 2007 Andy and Simon ventured further west into the range and from a beach-head in the fjord Sena Pia made the first ascents of Monte Iorana I & II (2340m & 2070m). In his usual understated and humorous style Simon offers a rare insight into this seldom visited mountain region, accompanied by stunning images from this remarkable wilderness.

CLIMBING TASTER SESSIONS - with the Castle Climbing Centre

For the Simon Yates show we have got together with The Castle Climbing Centre ( to offer you the chance to win a fantastic prize. On offer are 2 for 1 taster sessions (worth £20) for all ticket holders. These one hour sessions will give you a chance to try indoor rock climbing under the supervision of a qualified instructor in a small group (max 4) with all equipment included. Sessions run on Wednesday evenings and weekends. Just call up The Castle quoting ‘Super 7’ and your ticket number to get you and a friend booked onto the sessions. Phone: 020 8211 1066, email: Participants must be 18 years or older. Offer valid until 31 October 2008.

Dr Jeremy Windsor – Life and Death on Mt Everest

  • London: 7.30pm, Thursday 13th November 2008

Tickets: £9 in advance, £10 on the door

In the spring of 2007 Jeremy managed to successfully climb Mt Everest as part of the Caudwell Xtreme Medical Research Expedition. In this talk he’ll draw upon more than fifteen years of climbing at high altitude and describe some of the experiences that he’s met along the way.

Jenny Pugh – Arctic Foxes

  • London: 7.30 pm, Thursday 15th January 2009
  • EICA, Ratho: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 21st January 2009
  • Glasgow: 7.30 pm, Thursday 22nd January 2009

Tickets: £8 in advance, £9 on the door

In 2006 the Arctic Foxes braved freezing temperatures to become the first British all-female team to cross the Greenland ice sheet. They covered 1100km from Kangerlussuaq in the west to Ammasillik in the east……and back again, walking up to 16 hours a day and dragging 50kg pulks loaded with their entire expedition kit.

Two years later, long enough for their feet to recover before becoming itchy again, Jenny and fellow Fox, Felicity, dusted off their pulks and headed for Lake Baikal in far eastern Siberia. Surrounded on all sides by pristine mountain ranges, Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest and most ecologically unique lake in the world. It contains one fifth of the earth’s freshwater and in winter, when temperatures plummet as low as -50°C, the whole surface freezes with a thick layer of beautifully transparent ice. The pair spent 30 days on the ice travelling the length of the lake from Kultuk on the southern shore to Nizhneangarsk in the north, a distance of over 700km. Stopping at remote villages along the way they experienced Russian hospitality at its best and, as the month progressed, became increasingly proficient at chasing down frozen, raw, salted fish with vodka shots.

Come and listen to Jenny’s lively, compelling account of the highs and lows of both expeditions, accompanied by photos, film and music from these obscure parts of the world.

“We have already received a number of plaudits for your talk last evening. It was a wonderful and inspiring tour de force. I can see you joining the ranks of the inspirational speakers. You should get an agent!” Peter Lloyd Jones - Captain Scott Society
“It was great to hear such passion and commitment … refuels our faith in human endurance and spirit, especially of the female variety.” Kiehl’s

Jamie Andrew – Life and Limb

  • EICA, Ratho: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 11th Feb 2009
  • Glasgow: 7.30 pm, Thursday 12th Feb 2009

Tickets: £9 in advance. £10 on the door.

Jamie Andrew is an astonishing individual. An unassuming hero who describes himself as an ordinary guy who just happens to have gone through extraordinary events.

In 1999 he survived for five days perched precariously on an icy ledge at the summit of an Alpine mountain while winds raged to 130 km per hour, and temperatures plummeted to minus 30 degrees Celsius. Despite hypothermia and severe frostbite, Jamie was still conscious as he was snatched from the ledge by the French Mountain Rescue Services in a daring and spectacular rescue that was tragically only hours too late to save his climbing partner.

Jamie survived the ordeal, but at great personal cost. Ten days later his hands and his feet, damaged beyond repair by the frostbite, were amputated. Many, including some of the medical staff who had fought so hard to save him, felt that this was a fate worse than death. Amazingly, three months later Jamie emerged from hospital, walking on prosthetic legs, having once again learnt to manage everyday tasks such as feeding, washing and dressing.

Since then Jamie has defied expectations by running the London Marathon, returning to climbing – using his own design of prosthetic ice axe, climbing Ben Nevis, revisiting the Alps, reaching the roof of Africa, and learning to ski, snowboard, sail and paraglide. His humble and unassuming manner, coupled with an uncrumpled positive attitude towards life and its challenges make Jamie an extraordinary example of bravery and determination. Jamie is an inspired speaker. He tells his story quite modestly yet with great passion, sincerity and humor. The result is a lecture which is at once gripping, inspiring and ultimately uplifting.

“Moving and fascinating”
“The impact it had on all present, including myself, was profound”
“Jamie is a speaker who will inspire and move any audience, a truly remarkable achiever and human being”
“A powerful and inspiring presentation”
“Inspirational and thought provoking”
“Incredible, courageous and positive”
“An inspiration to us all to live life to the full”
“A stark reminder of the power of positive thinking”
“An inspiring story, told in a very humble and unassuming way – testament to this was the incredible atmosphere in the hall as you kept the audience mesmerised!”
“Very powerful”


London: 7.30 pm, Thursday 12th February 2009 Tickets: £9 in Advance, £10 on the door Pete Talling will shed light into the quirky world of cave exploration. He will try to show why he believes caves contain the most remote and beautiful places on Earth. Their beauty deriving in part from the commitment needed to reach them, and the knowledge that rescue after an accident would be rather tricky. Pete’s talk will chronicle the search for China’s deepest cave over a series of expeditions during the last five years. These expeditions recently found China’s first kilometre deep cave system and the world’s second largest underground pitch (a single drop of 517 metres). The search for China’s deepest caves is now spreading to more mountainous areas populated by colourful indigenous people. Pete’s expedition in summer 2008 will travel in the footsteps of an eccentric 1930’s botanist called Heinrich Mazzetti, who reported ‘gaping chasms in limestone like in his native Tyrol’. Pete will report on what lies within those chasms. Recent unrest in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Gansu will add to the difficulties faced by this 2008 expedition. Pete will finish by talking about exploration of world class caves much closer to home. Ogof Draenen in South Wales is the world’s 23rd longest cave in which the search for a “Mystery Streamway”, could double the length of the system.

London Mountain Film Festival

2.30 – 10pm, Saturday 7th March 2009 Full details available here from Jan 09 Glasgow Mountain Film Festival

5.30 – 9.30 pm, Thursday 5th March 2009 Full details available here from Jan 09



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Directions to the Venues


Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Building, Department of Physics, Imperial College Prince Consort Road (near the Royal Albert Hall) Kensington, SW7 2BB

From the Royal Albert Hall go down the steps to the South (away from Hyde park) and onto Prince Consort Road. Turn right (West) and walk about 100m. The entrance to the Blackett lab is on your left at the end of the road.

The number 9, 10, 360, 70 and 52 buses stop very close to the Imperial College complex.

There are three nearby tube stations: South Kensington, Gloucester Road or High Street Kensington. South Kensington station is the nearest. There is also a tunnel that runs from South Kensington to the northern side of the science museum which is signposted Imperial College.

Parking is available at the Imperial College campus (charges apply) off Exhibition road just north of the Science Museum. Limited free parking is available just outside the Blackett lab and on Prince Consort Rd.


The Boyd Orr Theatre University of Glasgow University Avenue (Byres Road end), Glasgow G12 8QQ

The lecture theatre is at the Byres Road end of University Avenue. Exit left from the Hillhead Subway stop and head south for about 75 yards on the Byres Road. At the junction with University Avenue turn left (East). The Boyd Orr Theatre is the modern building about 50 yards up University Avenue Subscribe Leave your name & email for email updates on Super 7 climbs & events: Name: Email:

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