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Start: May 19, 2018 From: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

A Lifetime’s Climbing, Altitude Medicine and Tibetan Traditional Medicine #1


Dr Charles Clarke is a well-known mountaineering doctor who has been on many expeditions with Sir Chris Bonington.

Charlie began climbing in the late 1950s. He led the first, exploratory expeditions to Kishtwar in Kashmir, driving to India in 1965 at the age of 21. He was on The Kanjiroba Himal Expedition to a remote region in West Nepal in 1969. He made the first ascent of Swagorihini, a 6000m peak, near Dehra Dun in 1974. Charlie was doctor on the successful 1975 Everest SW Face Expedition with Sir Chris Bonington, on Kongur (Xinjiang) in 1981, on the 1982 Everest Expedition to the unclimbed north-east ridge and Menlungtse (Tibet) in 1988. In the 1990s he explored the Sepu Kangri region in eastern Tibet with Chris Bonington and in 2011 they made an exploratory trip to the Sorang Valley in Kinnaur, near the Indo-Tibet border and climbed a new 5000m peak.

He wrote with Chris Bonington Everest, The Unclimbed Ridge (1983) and Tibet’s Secret Mountain (1999).

He has been a Vice-President of the Alpine Club, London, Chairman of the Mount Everest Foundation and President of the British Mountaineering Council. His interests are exploration in the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, Western China and Eastern Tibet, altitude medicine and traditional Tibetan medicine. He works as a neurologist in London.

In this lecture Charlie remembers some of these trips, reviews the history of altitude medicine and highlights of traditional Tibetan medical practice.


Date:  Saturday, 19th May

Venue: Bishop Heber School, Malpas, SY14 8JD

Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Ticket Price:  £7.50

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