Chris Bonington born on 6th Aug 1934 in Hampstead, London. Was educated at University College School, London, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Army career, Royal Tank Regiment 1956-59; Instructor, Army Outward Bound School, 1959-61. Management Trainee Unilever. Freelance mountaineer, writer, photographer 1961-. Married, Wendy Marchant, in 1962 and has 2 sons.
Britain's best known mountaineer, he has led and been on 19 Himalayan expeditions, including 4 to Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world.
His most important climbs are:
1st ascent Annapurna II (26,041 ft) 1960 1st ascent Nuptse (25,850 ft) 1961 1st ascent Central Pillar of Freney 1961 1st ascent Central Tower of Paine (8760 ft), Patagonia 1963 1st ascent Old Man of Hoy 1966 Leader of successful Annapurna South Face Expedition 1970 1st ascent Brammah (21,030 ft) 1973 1st ascent Changabang (22,520 ft) 1974 Leader of successful Everest South West Face Expedition 1975 1st ascent, the Ogre (23,900 ft)1977 1st ascent Mount Kongur, Western Xinjiang, China (25,325 ft) 1981 1st ascent Shivling West (21,250 ft) 1983 1st ascent West Ridge, Panch Chuli II, Kumaon Himalaya, India, 1992 1st ascent The Needle, Greenland 1993 1st ascent Rangrik Rang (21,499 ft), in the Kinnaur Himalaya, India 1994 1st ascent Drangnag Ri (22,312 ft) in the Rolwaling Himal, Nepal 1995 1996 Reconnaissance Expedition to Sepu Kangri (6956m) in Tibet Leader of 1997 British Expedition to make the first attempt on Sepu Kangri Leader of 1998 British Expedition to Sepu Kangri 1st ascent Danga (24,776 ft) in Nepal in 2000
Awards: Knighthood, CVO, CBE, Hon. DSc, Sheffield, Hon. MA, Salford, Hon. DSc., Lancaster, Hon,. Fellow, Lancashire Polytechnic, Hon. DCL University of Northumbria, Founders Medal Royal Geographical Society, Lawrence of Arabia Medal of the Royal Asian Society, Livingstone medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society
Honorary Appointments: include President Lepra 1985 -.... , President British Mountaineering Council 1988-91, President British Orienteering Federation 1986 -...., President of National Trust Lake District Appeal 1988 -...., President Council for National Parks 1992 -2000, President of the Alpine Club 1995 -98, Chairman of Mount Everest Foundation 1999 -2000 ....., Chairman of Outward Bound Trust Risk Management Committee 1999 -2007 Chairman of Mountain Heritage Trust 2000..2006 .Chancellor Lancaster University..2005..-, Deputy Lieutenant, County of Cumbria 2004...
Author of 15 books; has presented and appeared in many television programmes.