Thu, 26 Mar|
Embassy of Chile
The ascent of the central tower of Torres del Paine by Sir Chris Bonington private viewing of paintings by Colin Taylor
Sir Chris Bonington will give us a talk about his experiences ascending Torres del Paine. He was the first one to ascend it.
Time & Location
26 Mar 2020, 19:15
Embassy of Chile, 37-41 Old Queen St, Westminster, London SW1H 9JA, UK
About the Event
Sir Chris Bonington, the mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer, started climbing at the age of 16 in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of The South Face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the successful expedition making the first ascent of the South West Face of Everest in 1975 and then reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition.
In 1962 he was the first climber who ascended the Torres del Paine in Chile and he will talk to us about this magnificent experience.
On this day we will also have the opening of the Exhbitition by Colin Taylor 'Aysen Landscape'
'I had little prior knowledge of the region before travelling there and I decided to avoid too much searching on the internet, preferring instead to encounter the landscape at first hand. My immediate response was an admiration of the pristine environment; human intervention and infrastructure is minimal and contained.
There was also a sense, and this stuck with me throughout that despite its scale and scape, the landscape was wrapped around you, something that you can touch and that you are part of. Possibly because it was completely unknown terrain, my experience of it was not simply as a visual prospectus for a painter, but as a landscape to be part of.'
More about Colin HERE
Talk and Exhibition opening