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Incorporating dramatic stills and video clips, local man Alan Hinkes illuminates his extreme exploits on the highest Himalaya mountains. Alan is one of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have summited all the world's highest mountains - the same number of people who have stood on the moon.
Alan's talk is poignant, humorous, inspiring and entertaining. He also illustrates his passion for the hills of Britain, rock climbing and tramping the fells, ice climbing and his plans for the future. An evening not to be missed.
About Alan Hinkes OBE
Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world's highest mountains, the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet and many have perished attempting the challenge.
Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School. He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.
He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits. He is also an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book '8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains' won the TGO Awards 'Outdoor Book of the Year'.
Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Teesside University, and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work including, Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.
Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking. You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.