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Issue no 485 | 28 October 2002
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Mountaineering legend Walter Bonatti is returning to Britain for the first time in 18 years to speak at the University’s annual international festival of mountaineering literature. Bonatti’s new book, The Mountains of My Life, includes his classic writings and new evidence about his role in the controversial Italian first ascent of K2, when he accused his companions of leaving him to die on the mountain.

Jonathan Neale will be talking about his new book Tigers of the Snow, honouring the Sherpas’ contribution to mountaineering history, in particular the 1934 Nanga Parbat expedition when, abandoned and fighting to survive, the Sherpas made the transition from ‘coolies to climbers’.

Other contributors to the conference – organised by Dr Terry Gifford and now in its 16th year – include Professor Mikel Vause (Weber State University, USA), who will announce this year’s Boardman Tasker award winner.

The conference is on 9 November 2002 in the University’s conference auditorium. For a full programme, see, call 39022 or email

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