Report by Gary Westwell
Friday 1st August 2014

On Sat 9 August at 7pm King Kong Climbing Centre (Keswick's latest exciting development) will be playing host to a lecture by Martin Boysen - a legend of the climbing world.

The event has been organised by PlanetFear, the retail unit located in the same Lakes Road building as the climbing centre. PlanetFear Manager Chris Swanepoel commented:

"We've teamed up with King Kong to host this event in their fantastic new first floor cafe. It's great to be able to host a lecture by such a well-known and inspiring climber. For the talk to take place in the climbing centre sets the venue off to a great start - where better to come and see Martin talk?"

"Climbers, mountaineers and anyone with a passion for the outdoors will find this a really interesting lecture and it's a unique opportunity to hear Martin talk, and get signed copies of his latest publication."

Boysen will be talking about his latest book ‘Hanging On: A life inside British climbing's golden age'.

Martin Boysen's passion for crags and mountains springs from his deep love of nature and a strong sense of adventure. From his early days on rock as a Kent schoolboy after the war, he was soon among the most gifted climbers of his or any generation, famed for his silky technique. Boysen made a huge contribution to British rock climbing, especially in North Wales; he discovered Gogarth in the 1960s and climbed some of the best new routes of his era: Nexus on Dinas Mot, The Skull on Cyrn Las and the magisterial Capital Punishment on Ogwen's Suicide Wall.

For more than two decades, Boysen was also one of Britain's leading mountaineers. A crucial member of Sir Chris Bonington's team that climbed the South Face of Annapurna in 1970, Boysen was also part of Bonington's second summit team on the South West face of Everest. In 1976 he made the first ascent of Trango Tower with Joe Brown. Along the way, Boysen climbed with some of the most important figures in the history of the sport, not just stars like Bonington and Brown, but those who make climbing so rich and intriguing, like Nea Morin and the brilliant but doomed Gary Hemming. He joined Hamish MacInnes hunting gold in Ecuador, doubled for Clint Eastwood on the North Face of the Eiger and worked on director Fred Zinnemann's last movie.

Wry, laconic and self-deprecating, Martin Boysen's Hanging On is an insider's account of British climbing's golden age.

Tickets cost £5 (no discounts) and are available to purchase in person from Planet Fear shop or by calling 017687 800504. Tickets will also be available on the door, but early booking is advised.
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