The Anatomy of a Himalayan Climbing Expedition

The Rick Allen Memorial Lecture, with the Midland Association of Mountaineers.

The Anatomy of a Himalayan Climbing Expedition

The Rick Allen Memorial Lecture, with the Midland Association of Mountaineers
Surgeon Rear Admiral (Retd) Andrew S Hughes QHP MRCGP MBChB
7:30 pm Wednesday 22nd February
Teaching and Learning Lecture Theatre 2, University of Birmingham and on Zoom

Andy graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1983 and following medical and surgical residencies completed Royal Marine commando training. Over an illustrious career spanning four decades in the Royal Navy, he rose to the 2* rank of Surgeon Rear Admiral.

A keen mountaineer, Andy has taken part in over 20 expeditions, leading seven of them, all over the world. Including two British Services attempts to climb Mt Everest by the difficult West Ridge/North Face Route.

Andy will give you the breakdown of how to plan and execute your own Himalayan, or other, climbing expedition. From preparation, choosing an objective, funding, team size & selection, acclimatisation, logistics, medical problems, and research, to of course the climbing!

Join us in person at the University of Birmingham or online on Zoom for this brilliant talk.

The Zoom link is available from the form below.

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