An Evening in Abraham's with John Porter - Saturday 30 June
An Evening in Abraham's with John Porter on Saturday 30 June
Time: 6 pm (for a 6.30 start) – 8.30 pm
Cost: £10 per ticket with 50% going to Fix the Fells.
Light refreshments provided: tea, coffee & cake!
An insight into the life of Alex Macintyre and the birth of light and fast alpinism.
An American by birth, John Porter climbed as a teenager in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, before serving his mountain apprenticeship in the Rockies and Yosemite.
From the University of Oregon, he went on to do postgraduate studies at the University of Leeds and climbed with the leading activists of the day.
With partners such as Peter Boardman, Voytek Kurtyka (Poland), Rene Ghilini (France) and Alex MacIntyre, he made pioneering lightweight ascents including: a winter traverse of the Tatra (1976), the NE Face of Bandaka (1977), the South Buttress of Changabang (1978), the South Face of Ranrapulka (1979), and the S.E Ridge of Tarke Kang (1982).
John joined Alan Rouse and Joe Tasker to attempt the West Ridge of Everest in winter (1980/81) and was on the NW Ridge of K2 during the tragic year of 1986 when Rouse was killed.
He achieved further new routes during trips to Garhwal (Kedar Dome), Eastern Karakorum (Chong Kundam 1&5), Africa, Tibet and Greenland.
John's recent book ‘One Day as a Tiger’ explores the nature of physical and spiritual fulfilment in the mountains.
Primarily a biography of his friend Alex MacIntyre, who died their attempt on Annapurna in 1982 aged 28, it is also a tale of a generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction for love and adventure during the cold war.
Their innovative skulduggery bridged political barriers and achieved international acclaim and awards.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival 2014, the book is the only book by a mountaineer ever to be shortlisted for the Times Cross Sports Book of the Year.
John is currently the President of the Alpine Club, a long-standing Trustee of the Mountain Heritage Trust, and he lives in the Lake District, birthplace of the English Romantic movement. With Brian Hall, he set up the Kendal Mountain Film Festival in 1980 and was its director until 2007.
He has served on film and book juries at festivals including Banff, Trento, Tergensee, Ljubljana, Bansco, Landek, Graz, and Kathmandu.
A George Fisher Event: An Evening in Abraham's with John Porter
We're delighted to have John come to talk in Abraham's Cafe at George Fisher - especially as he has presented at such prestigious venues as the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London.
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