• Posted:Friday, April 9, 2010
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Be Ranulph Fiennes in London this June
Now this is one event that I can certainly sink my veritable teeth into - a festival dedicated to the fine art that is mountaineering. I don't profess to be an expert but it's something that I very much enjoy doing, which is why I'm sorely tempted to book myself a hostel in London in June so that I can listen to the harrowing, death-defying tales from some of the bravest and most interesting people the world can boast.

The Mountain Festival, as it is called (perhaps not the most imaginative name but the organisers were probably busy being fearless and heroic when it was time to come up with a title), is taking place on the 15th at the Royal Geographic Society, with tickets only costing £25. This, I feel, is a very, very small price to pay for what is sure to be an outstanding evening of nail-biting revelations.

I mean, come on - you've got Stephen Venables speaking, for goodness's sake. For those of you who don't know, he was the first Briton to climb Everest without the aid of oxygen (wow!) and he's not the only one to be making an appearance. There's also none other than the aptly-named Kenton Cool taking to the mic to tell all about his experiences - he's the climber that helped Sir Ranulph Fiennes scale the north face of the Eiger and Everest as well. Legend.

Speaking of, by the way, I've been reading Sir Ranulph's latest autobiography Mad Dogs and Englishmen and it's absolutely fascinating. It tells the - rather intricate and somewhat confusing - true story of how he and his family are related to and have had dealings with all the kings and queens of England since practically the dawn of time. I highly recommend it.

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