Chris Bonington – 21 June

It’s been a fun busy week

It started last Saturday when I went climbing with the Lancaster University Climbing Club.


We had a fun easy day on Corvus, on Raven Crag, Borrowdale swinging leads then a great meal in the Thai Restaurant in Keswick that night

Chris with Lancaster University walking club

On the Sunday I met the Lancaster University walking club for a walk in the rain on the Howgill Fells.  I’ve driven past them a thousand times but had never walked them so was looking forward to it.  We met at Cautley, below Cautley Spout, which I have climbed in winter.  The picture is deceptive – it was already beginning to rain.

Setting out alongside Cautley Spout

Setting out alongside Cautley Spout

planning the route

Checking out the route – we didn’t see much but it was a fun walk and the Walking Club were great company

Sir Chris Bonington

On Monday was an annual event.  I have the in coming and outgoing officers of the Student Union to lunch – we squeezed 13 round our kitchen table.

The team on High Pike

Then walked up High Pike, behind our house before going to the pub.

Chris with staff at Lancaster University

Tuesday was more formal.  I presented staff prizes at Lancaster University

Berghaus team

Wednesday was my annual Berghaus walk when anyone in the Company is free to join me for a Lakeland walk.  We started off at Honnister and walked below and round Gable to scramble up the side of Tophet Wall to the summit.

Berghaus Brand President Richard Cotter

On our first rest stop some bottles of Champagne materialised, organised by our Brand President, Richard Cotter, to celebrate my being awarded Commander of the Victorian Order in the Queens Birthday Honour List.  I was tremendously touched by this gesture.

Berghaus team celebrating with Sir Chris

A great way to celebrate and enjoy a walk.

Berghaus team climbing

and we ended up with a good scramble

Berghaus team climbing

More of the same.

On Thursday I went down to London for the Annual General Meeting of LEPRA, a Leprosy Charity of which I have been President for 25 years.  They do a superb job.

Next week I’m off to Tromso in the far North of Norway to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the successful Norwegian Everest Expedition and get in a few days climbing – watch this space!!!!