Sir Chris Bonnington is a British mountaineer who started climbing aged just 16. Telling his inspiring stories around his expeditions, which include the first ascent of the West face of Everest, Sir Chris imparts wisdom on the themes of leadership, teamwork, resilience and planning, making Sir Chris an ideal after dinner or key note speaker.
Mountaineer, photographer and adventurer Sir Chris Bonington, who made the first British ascent of the North Wall of the Eiger, delivers inspirational stories about his challenging climbing expeditions, which he relates to businesses by looking at basic principles such as leadership, teamwork, planning and perseverance.
In 1951, school boy Chris climbed his first mountain, and a passion was born.
Straight from school into the RAF, he was soon flying solo. Climbing avidly throughout his military career, he started exploring the Alps when he was sent to Germany.
Having always harboured a strong interest in the sport, he has been climbing since the tender age of 16, he successfully completed the challenging and classical assent of the Alps in 1958.
Pioneering numerous slopes in the mountain range, it was only when he left the army that Chris decided to tackle his greatest challenge – Everest.
He took on Nuptse (7,861 metres), the third peak of Everest, making the first ascent by its dominant South Face, which was one of the most challenging climbs in the Himalayas at that time. Testing his limits, Chris reached the Summit of Everest at the age of fifty.
Continuing to climb, Chris seeks out challenges to overcome both mentally and physically.
Chris the author has written seventeen books, and wrote and presented the award winning TV series Lakeland. He is also the non-executive Chairman of Berghaus.
In 1996, he was knighted for his services to climbing and in 2010 was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for his services to the Outward Bound Trust.
Determined and skilful, Chris will motivate a corporate audience through his tales of treacherous environments and sheer perseverance.