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A few things that could be vital to our Mission.

We’re probably all familiar with the brand Sea to Summit. I use a few of their bits and pieces, good practical kit, but where there’s a story attached to where the brand name comes from. Here’s the full press release.

Sea to Summit Founder and Everest record breaker Tim Macartney-Snape comes to the UK
Tim Macartney-Snape, world-renowned mountain climber, adventurer and founder of outdoor equipment brand Sea to Summit, has confirmed he will be visiting the UK to give a series of lectures at the end of November and beginning of December.

On October 3, 1984, Macartney-Snape, along with climbing partner Greg Mortimer, became the first climber from the flat and arid continent of Australia to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They reached the summit, without oxygen or Sherpa support, via a new route on the North Face.

Realising his opportunity to re-write the history books, in the Spring of 1999 Tim Macartney-Snape went for a swim in the tepid waters of India’s Bay of Bengal, and then set off on foot across the Indo-Gangetic plain toward the distant Himalayan foothills on an endeavour to become the first person to truly climb the entire 8848 meters of Mt Everest. Four months later, after climbing alone from Base Camp and without the assistance of oxygen, he once again set foot on the highest point on earth. Dubbed the “Sea to Summit” expedition, Tim wrote about his epic adventure in his book “Everest: From Sea to Summit”. A film of the same name has won prizes in seven countries. Tim has also made first ascents of other great peaks including Annapurna 2 and Gasherbrum IV.

Nowadays, Tim is a director of the outdoor equipment company “Sea to Summit”, which prides itself on manufacturing innovative outdoor adventure gear inspired through experience.

Tim’s confirmed talks:

Nov 17 Royal Geographical Society (Organised by Doug Scott)
Nov 18 Lecture for World Expeditions in London
Nov 19 Kendal Film Festival
Nov 25 Ellis Brigham Store in Covent Garden (19:30) (Max 60 places)
Dec 4 Alpine Club in London (Members Only)

For more information on these talks and for booking details visit this thing here.

Imagine if being a Munro compleatist meant having to walk from sealevel to summit every time? Tim Macartney-Snape is an interesting character, quite apart from his Everest adventure, might be worth a visit if there’s one near you.


A fella called Tom Buttle got in touch, he’s volunteer for the Porters Progress charity. They’re having a fundraising lecture in The Royal Geographical Society in London at the end of the month, and the details are here.


I’m having a meet at the end of the month, Hendrik Morkel is coming over from Finland and we’ll be backpacking somewhere up here for a couple of night between the 29th of November and the 1st of December. It’s on weekdays, but I’m hoping a few of you folk out there will make it along and take some tents out to test.
I’ll speak more of this in a wee while.

11 thoughts on “Items Various”

  1. sh*t…’ve picked days when I am visiting my Dad down south. After all the sentimental comments last week about the importance of family I am afraid that he wins. Sorry pal, hopefully next time

  2. Chris, there’ll be another time for sure!

    Vorlich,as the man says the name for the trip has to be something lightweight and metal :o)

  3. actually thinking about your shots of internally lit brightly coloured tents in the evening sky on various adventures:

    … Temple of Domes

    would be more appropriate

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