Jan Morris recounts Everest 1953

Posted by Tina Gardner on 19/05/2010
Jan Morris - journalist for Everest 1953 expedition

Jan Morris CBE will recall being ‘an outsider on Everest’ as The Times correspondent on the 1953 Everest expedition, as part of the Second Annual Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture tonight (27 May) in London.

Make sure that you don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience this first hand account of the famous ascent of the world’s highest mountain.

Tickets are still available to what promises to be a humourous and insightful evening, presented by the Himalayan Trust.  The event takes place at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 27 May at 7pm.  Please support this charitable event if you can.

In 1953, Jan Morris CBE (then James Morris) became the most famous newspaper journalist in Britain after relaying the news that the British Everest Expedition had been successful. Through a series of coded messages and a certain amount of bribery Jan arranged for the news of success to reach London in time for the Queen’s Coronation.

John Hunt called her climb with George Band and Mike Westmacott to Camp III "a remarkably good performance for one who had never climbed before" and on reaching Advance Base "We all admired his enterprise; he had well earned his place as a full member of the expedition."

Special guests Bhim Bogati & Sherap Sherpa of REED Nepal, visiting the UK for the first time, will describe their work as Teacher Trainers for The Himalayan Trust in the remote areas around Everest and Kangchenjunga with
some great photographs to illustrate their talk.

George Band OBE chairs this charitable fund raising event with thanks by Rebecca Stephens MBE.

Tickets priced at £15 each are available from www.worldexpeditions.com

or Tony Astill tel. 02380 293767 astill.tony@gmail.com

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/himalayantrust

See event listing on BMC website (including flyer)

 



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