Famous faces, big name brands and world-renowned mountaineers are donating their time, expertise and personal treasures to help raise funds for the earthquake relief effort in Nepal.
Bidding opens on Sunday 28th June in a series of two online auctions led by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) with support from the Alpine Club in partnership with eBay.
More than 70 lots will be up for grabs, ranging from unforgettable days out- afternoon tea with TV presenter Michael Palin CBE and a Lakeland fell walk with mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott CBE, to books, artwork and memorabilia. Including a signed photo of Ab Fab star and Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley and a rare collection of butterflies collected on the successful 1953 Everest expedition.
Click here for a sneak preview of the lots.
Record breaking British mountain guide Kenton Cool will take one lucky winning bidder for a walk/climb and dinner in the British mountains. Or fancy learning the ropes with one of Britain’s best climbers? You can bid for a climbing session with Shauna Coxsey, Hazel Findlay, and Steve McClure or alpine legend Mick Fowler.
Why not put in an offer for your very own piece of mountaineering history? You could win key equipment like Stephen Venables’ crampons and Pete Boardman’s boots worn on Everest expeditions, as well some of the very latest kit from top outdoor brands and unique artwork.
It is expected that the auction will generate substantial worldwide interest, since it will be an opportunity for people to collect a piece of British exploration history which would never normally come up for public sale.
The Alpine Club is supporting this venture and its members have generously donated some valuable items of remarkable significance. These include:
- 1953 Everest expedition team member Mike Westmacott’s collection of moths and butterflies collected during the 1953 Everest expedition
- Everest 1953 silver engraved cigarette box
- Himalayan paintings by James Hart-Dyke and Julian Cooper
Proceeds from the auction will go to Community Action Nepal (CAN), providing long-term support to the mountain people of Nepal. Proceeds from selected items, including top of the range gear from Sherpa Adventure Gear, will go to help the Paldorje Sherpa Education Fund to provide immediate relief on the ground to benefit the children of Sherpa families in remote villages.
BMC patrons and former Alpine Club presidents Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott CBE, who recently took part in a 24 hour ice climb for CAN, said: “We’re calling for everyone to get behind this auction. It’s your chance to bid for some very unique items – including us!”
Get Involved in the Auction
The auction will be held on eBay’s dedicated charity section and will go live on Sunday 28 June. Link from www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc4nepal #BMC4Nepal. The auction will be held on eBay in a series of two batches:
Batch 1: Sunday 28 June to Sunday 5 July Batch 2: Thursday 2 July to Sunday 12 July