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A night to remember

SIR CHRIS BONINGTON  - one of the most successful expedition leaders in mountaineering history, and generally regarded as a British 'national treasure' - will make a rare Australian visit to deliver the Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Address at the Australian Himalayan Foundation's Sydney fundraising dinner on Friday, 7 October.

With a climbing career spanning over half a century, Sir Chris Bonington was a pioneer of the golden age of mountaineering when he made many of the first ascents of the world's 8000m peaks with climbing partners that included legends like Doug Scott, Dougal Haston, Joe Tasker and Peter Boardman.

In 1975 he led the first ascent of the south-west face of Mt Everest, a climb that became famous through Sir Chris' best-selling book, and later documentary, Everest the Hard Way. In 1985, at the age of 50, he achieved his own lifelong goal of summiting Mt Everest. 

Last year's speaker was Andrew Lock, the first Australian to climb all 15 of the world's highest 8000m peaks.

The Australian Himalayan Foundation Sydney Dinner will be held at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 7, from 6.30pm. Tickets are available for $150 per person, or as premium tables of 10 ($3500) that will be hosted by eminent adventurers and include exclusive, pre-dinner drinks with Sir Chris Bonington. Proceeds go to the Australian Himalayan Foundation's charitable projects in Nepal, India and Bhutan.

For bookings and more information, call (02) 9438 1822 or visit their website.