Everest talk in King’s Lynn – July 22


King’s Lynn Festival

“One hundred years after George Mallory and Sandy Irvine disappeared near the top of Everest, Stephen Venables, the first British climber to reach the world’s highest summit without supplementary oxygen, will recount his own ascent in the light of the first pioneering attempts.

In his view the most remarkable of those early expeditions was the 1921 Reconnaissance. At that time there was no accurate map of Tibet, no European had been anywhere near the mountain and no-one knew whether it was possible for a human being to survive at nearly 9,000 metres above sea level. It was one of the greatest journeys in the history of exploration and the team succeeded in finding the way to the elusive North Col – the key to the summit. En route, they also became the first Europeans to visit the sacred Kama Valley, beneath Everest’s immense Kangshung Face – the East Face. Mallory commented famously that this gigantic 3,500 metres high wall was best left to ‘other men, less wise’. Nearly seven decades later Stephen succeeded in climbing a new route up the face, with a four man Anglo-American team.

It may have been unwise, but it was the adventure of his life.”

Forthcoming expeditions to South Georgia and Antarctica

In September 2024 Skip Novak and I will be leading another expedition to the Salvesen Range in South Georgia, travelling on Vinson of Antarctica. That expedition is now fully booked. However, I am please to announce two further expeditions:

January 2025 – Skiing on the Antarctic Peninsula
This is a four weeks charter aboard the latest Pelagic 77 in the Pelagic fleet, an identical vessel to Vinson of Antarctica, due to be launched in May 2024. I am looking forward to returning to the Peninsula for the first time since Covid. This will be another ski expedition, doing day trips from the boat and, perhaps, one longer camping trip. As usual, non-skiers are also extremely welcome.Antarctica prospectus 2025

SG 2025 prospectus*

September 2025 – Skiing in South Georgia
This is a four weeks charter aboard the latest Pelagic 77 in the Pelagic fleet, an identical vessel to Vinson of Antarctica, due to be launched in May 2024. We will be doing a series of day ski trips from different anchorages along the north coast of the island, but non-skiers are also welcome on the expedition.

Everest and Beyond – The Show Continues

After many postponements caused by you-know-what, my new stage tour is finally going ahead in the spring. It will be a fairly breathless romp through expedition highlights of the last 30 years, ranging from the Himalaya, to the Alps, Africa and Antarctica. I can’t wait and I hope to see you in one of the seventeen venues, from Poole, to Newport, to Inverness. https://www.speakersfromtheedge.com/theatre-tours/2022/stephen-venables-life-after-everest

Newsletter – March 2018


I returned recently from another excellent voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula.  Despite unusually high temperatures (the sea temperature was up to 4ºc instead of the usual 1º or so) we found some good powder snow skiing high up, and coped stoically with the sea level slush.  Mark Dravers, Chris Watts and I climbed the spectacular Mt Luigi de Savoia – my third attempt on the peak.  It was also good to visit new places, such as the steaming volcanic caldera of Deception Island and the stunning mountains of Anvers Island.  So we have lots of potential new ski tours lined up for January 2019.  And, as usual, Pelagic Australis welcomes non-skiers who would just like to enjoy yacht cruising with a small group (total of around twelve on board) amongst some of the most spectacular scenery and wildlife on earth. 
Pelagic Australis anchored in the volcanic caldera of Deception Island
Chris Watts and Mark Dravers on Mt Luigi de Savoia.  Stephen projected onto the Brocken Spectre.
Before that, during the austral spring, Skip Novak and I are leading another South Georgia expedition, sailing from the Falklands on 8th September  2019.  We already have some climbers and a land artist signed up for the trip.  As with the Peninsula trip, this one is not just for experienced ski mountaineers.  Anyone with spirit of adventure and modicum of fitness is welcome!
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A few of the 300,000 king penguins in St Andrew’s Bay, South Georgia
Since returning from Antarctica I have been quite busy with talks around Britain and Ireland.  Unfortunately our spring return to Spain meant that Rosie and I missed all the wonderful recent snow.  But, having foregone snow, we are looking forward to an Easter trip getting to know a new bit of Andalucia – the Sierra de Segura.  
I also have speaking engagements coming up in New England in April (details on the website) and with the Hong Kong Royal Geographical Society and Korean Alpine Club in June.  The latter is particularly exciting, as it will be a chance to see our son Edmond, who is working in Seoul, and – I hope – join him on some of those magnificent Korean granite cliffs.
Best wishes

Skiing at the Seaside

December 31, 2017. Looking forward to starting 2018 with my annual trip south for skiing at the  seaside – again aboard Pelagic Australis, and this time heading with eight ski-mountaineers to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Skip Novak and I will be leading another expedition to South Georgia during September and October. Please have a look at the prospectus. We still have places and non-skiers/non-climbers are welcome.
Then, in January 2019, I will be leading another trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. Four places have been booked; four remain available.

2018 South Georgia prospectus

2019 Antarctic Prospectus

For the winter/spring lecture season, I have events booked in Scotland, Newcastle and London. Further afield, I am delighted to be taking part in the inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival, before heading to the USA and, I hope, South Korea. Details on the ‘Programme of Lectures’ page.

NEWSLETTER  –  July 2017


Greetings from Scotland and thanks to Danny Carden for his wonderful shot of Edmond and me climbing in Glen Torridon last weekend.  I’m hoping to fit in a lot more climbs over the summer, juggling next month with all the tempting delights at the Edinburgh Festival.
If you live in or near Dorset, please tell people about a talk I am doing at The Lighthouse in Poole on October 4, marking the 25th anniversary of my lucky escape from Panch Chuli, the subject of A Slender Thread.
Also in the autumn, a special fundrasing event for the number one mountain literary prize, the Boardman Tasker Award.  Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton Opera House, October 17.  It is going to be a great evening, with speakers including two former winners of the prize – Andy Cave and me!
I am also putting together a tour for February 2018.  Newcastle is likely to feature amongst other English venues.  Definite bookings in Scotland include Locheldy Centre on February 9 and Birnam Arts Centre on February 13.
I am looking forward hugely to our January 2018 expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.  That trip is full.  However, I am planning another Antarctic trip aboard Pelagic Australis for January 2019.  Please contact me if you – or anyone you know – might be tempted.
Skip Novak and I have also now firmed up plans for South Georgia 2018.   As usual, we hope to entice a small group of ski mountaineers to do some quite serious stuff, in addition to a support team not less committed to mountaineering.  We board Pelagic Australis in the Falklands on 8 September 2018 and return 13 October 2018.  Full prospectus attached below for anyone tempted.  (This is a low resolution PDF.  If you would like to see the pictures in sharper focus please let me know and I will send a higher resolution version).



With very best wishes for the rest of your summer.  Or winter!

Stephen Venables
+44 (0)7535 908686
skype: smwvenables

A Slender Thread – 25 years on.

Still buzzing from a great evening with a great audience at the Rheged Centre, I am pleased to announce a special 25th anniversary talk at the Lighthouse Centre in Poole, on October 4.  https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2017/stephen-venables/

My subject will be the 1992 Indian-British Panch Chuli Expedition.  This was a fantastic adventure, culminating in the first ascent of Panch Chuli V.  However, on our way back from the summit I plummeted three hundred feet, breaking both my legs, when an abseil anchor failed.  The story of the ensuing rescue, which was complicated, dangerous and at times terrifying, was the subject of my subsequent book A Slender Thread, which has been continuously in print since it was published in 2000.   Continue reading