Our patron - Simon Yates

Internationally acclaimed mountaineer Simon is one of Britain’s most prolific and accomplished exploratory mountaineers, best known for his role in Joe Simpson’s book and the subsequent film, ‘Touching the Void’.

Spanning thirty years Simon’s climbing and travelling has taken him from Alaska in the west to Australia in the east and from Greenland to the Antarctic.

Simon has written three books – ‘Against the Wall’, ‘The Flame of Adventure’, and ‘The Wild Within’, which have all been shortlisted for mountain literature prizes.

 

He is a popular public speaker, regularly touring theatres in the UK and has talked to outdoor, general and business audiences worldwide.

 

 

Highlights of Simon's climbing career include: 

 

  • The first ascent of the West face of Siula Grande (6356m) in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

  • The first ascents of Leyla Peak (6300m) and Nemeka (6400m) in the Pakistani Karakoram in 1987.

  • Reached summit with team making the first British ascents of Khan Tengri (6995m) in Kazakhstan in 1991

  • Making a new route on the Central Tower of Paine in Chilean Patagonia in 1992.

  • The first ascent of Monte Ada (2100m) in Chilean Tierra del Fuego, 2001.

  • The first ascent of the S.W.Face of Hispar Sar (6400m), Pakistan, in 2004

  • A new route on the West Face of Mount Alverstone (4439m) in the remote Wrangell – St Elias Ranges on the Alaskan – Yukon border in 2005.

  • Eight first ascents of Peaks in Milne Land, Greenland, 2008.

  • The first alpine-style ascent of the massive 3km SW Ridge of Good Neighbor Peak in the Wrangell in 2009.

  • Thirteen first ascents in the Saven Range, Eastern Greenland, 2011.

  • Numerous first ascents of mountains in Northern Liverpool Land, Eastern Greenland, 2014 & 2015.

In addition to climbing for himself, Simon has successfully guided clients to the summits of peaks such as Ama Dablam (6856m) in Nepal, Denali (6145m) in Alaska, Aconcagua (6960m) in Argentina, Khan Tengri (6995m) in Kazakhstan, Spantik (7027m) in Pakistan, Peak Lenin (7134m) in Kyrgyzstan and Peak Korzhenevskaya (7120m) in Tajikistan.

Simon says he is looking forward to supporting members of Headway South Cumbria and hopes to inspire them to successfully face great challenges.

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