Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Legend of Eric Shipton - Birmingham Town Hall on Monday 5 March.

Explorer, writer & broadcaster Stephen Venables tours celebration of Shipton

In winter/spring 2012, Stephen Venables will regale the story of one of the greatest legends of mountaineering, at theatres across the UK, in his lecture show The Legend of Eric Shipton, presented by adventure-based speakers specialists, Speakers from the Edge.

“Fast-paced, gripping, witty and full of fascinating historical background”


One of the greatest mountain explorers of the twentieth century, Shipton took part in five expeditions to Everest, famously missing out on Sir Edmund Hillary’s historical ascent of the mountain after being sacked from the expedition. He dedicated his life to exploring untouched mountain ranges all over the world, from the mountains of East Africa to the untouched ice-fields of Patagonia in Tierra del Fuego.

Admired by explorers, and loved by women, Shipton inspired a generation of mountaineers, including Venables. In his lecture, Venables will mix readings from Shipton’s books with stories of his own journeys in the explorer’s footsteps, illustrated with stunning photography and film clips.

“Venables is superb on the terror and exhilaration of climbing”


The first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen, Stephen Venables is one of the UK’s best-known mountaineers. His impressive career spanning over forty years has taken him all over the world, from the Himalaya in Asia, to the European Alps, the South American Andes, the mountains of East and Southern Africa, and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Stephen is a seasoned speaker and the stories of his adventures have enthralled audiences all over the world.

The Legend of Eric Shipton is touring UK theatres and will be showing at the Birmingham Town Hall on Monday 5 March. To book tickets, contact the Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or, for further details, visit

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