Starts 7.30pm | Tickets £15.50 | Theatre
Rebecca Stephens is the First British Woman to climb Mt Everest and the Seven Summits. She was a successful journalist when, exploring the question ‘why do climbers climb?’, she accompanied an expedition attempting the North East Ridge of Mount Everest in 1989, reaching the first camp at 7,100m. She then made a decision that she wanted to climb the mountain herself.
In 1993, almost exactly 40 years after the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Rebecca achieved that ambition, becoming the first British woman to stand on the summit in the process. In 1994 she became the third woman – and the first British woman – the climb the ‘Seven Summits’.
“I’ve never seen being a woman as an obstacle” Rebecca comments but qualifies that by observing that it is a balancing act between work and family – whatever your job. She goes onto say that her appetite for risk plummeted when she had she first child and wished to be around to nurture and support.
Rebecca’s talk will be largely personal, drawing on her own experiences and observations. For example, upon meeting other women Everesters at Junko Tabei’s 20th anniversary in Japan in 1995. She will also touch on cultural norms and expectations of old about woman climbers, and will refer to other women on Everest and beyond.
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