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Sir Chris Bonnington

Chris Bonington

Sir Chris Bonington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering.  In 1970 he led the expedition that climbed the South Face of Annapurna and in 1975 achieved success on Everest – The Hard Way, up its huge SouthWest Face.  He reached the summit of Everest in 1985 but the challenges that now attract him are the few exciting unclimbed peaks that are left in the World’s further ranges.

He has established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker and is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield School of Management.  He has been honoured with a Knighthood in 1996, the CBE in 1976 and the Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.  He is president of The Alpine Club, the Council for National Parks, the British Orienteering Federation and LEPRA (The British Leprosy Charity).

He has presented many television programmes including the award winning Everest Years, Lakeland Rock and The Climbers and has written fourteen much acclaimed books, all of which have been best-sellers.

Peak of Achievement

A program illustrating:

•    Identifying the Vision
•    The importance of planning
•    The principles of effective leadership
•    Caring
•    Empowering
•    Consulting
•    Decisiveness
•    Team building

Reaching the highest point on earth requires teamwork of the highest level. Chris Bonington describes his own personal success in at last reaching the summit of Everest in 1985 at the age of 50, as a member of the Norwegian Everest Expedition. The expedition placed eighteen climbers and Sherpas on the summit in three separate ascents, a record for a single expedition. This was possible because of superb planning and organisation, but most of all, because of the quality of teamwork amongst expedition members.