"Mountains of Adversity" by Jamie Andrew O.B.EFind out more about Jamie Andrew O.B.E (Opens in a new window) via his website.
Jamie Andrew O.B.E
Jamie Andrew's story is simply one of the most gripping and profound you will encounter and it is guaranteed to leave any audience member moved, inspired and uplifted.
In January 1999, mountaineer Jamie Andrew and a climbing partner were trapped for five nights on the storm bound icy summit of a French mountain. The rescue, which was one of the most dramatic in the history of the Alps, came only hours too late to save his partner. Jamie, despite suffering hypothermia and appalling frostbite, survived. Days later all four of his hands and feet were amputated.
For many this fate would have meant the end of all hope, but not for Jamie. Since losing his hands and feet Jamie has achieved some incredible feats. He has learned to walk again, taken up skiing, run marathons and iron-man triathlons, and remarkably, returned to climb once more in the mountains that he loves so much.
Jamie's story, recounted with honesty and passion, is nothing short of incredible.
Jamie is an inspired and gifted speaker and delivers lectures, keynote addresses and after dinner speeches to a wide array of audiences. He speaks with unpretentious modesty yet manages to move and inspire his listeners across the board. Telling his story with great passion, sincerity and humour, the result is a talk which is at once gripping, inspiring and ultimately uplifting.
"The Wild Within" by Simon YatesFind out more about Simon Yates (Opens in a new window).
Simon Yates"All mountaineers develop differently. Some go higher, some try ever-steeper faces and others specialize in a particular range or region. I am increasingly drawn to remoteness - to places where few others have trod."
In a career spanning nearly thirty years Simon Yates' climbing and travelling has taken him from Alaska in the west to Australia in the east, from the Canadian Arctic in the north to the tip of South America.
He first came to prominence as a mountaineer in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson's book 'Touching the Void' and the 2003 docu-drama of the same name.
For the last ten years Simon has climbed in some of the worlds most remote, uninhabited and inaccessible mountain ranges - his desire to visit these places complemented by an increasing appreciation of physical isolation and the commitment of climbing in such places with just a single companion.
This period has been the most productive of his mountaineering career with notable first ascents in The Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, The Wrangell St-Elias on the Alaskan-Yukon border and in Eastern Greenland. Simon will take the audience on a journey to these remarkable places and share with them the drama, excitement and beauty of modern exploratory mountaineering.
Told in his usual understated and dry humorous style, Simon offers a rare insight into these seldom visited mountain regions, accompanied by stunning images collected on his travels.
Simon has written three books - 'Against the Wall', 'The Flame of Adventure', and 'The Wild Within', which have all been shortlisted for mountain literature prizes. He is a popular public speaker, regularly touring theatres in the UK and has spoken to outdoor, general and business audiences worldwide.
This will take place at Breadalbane Community Campus at 7pm on the 22nd June. Prebooked tickets are £10 for adults or £6 for Under 18s and RSGS members. On the door, tickets will be priced at £12 for adults or £8 for Under 18s and RSGS members.
Tickets can be booked and paid for by telephone on 01738 472236