Legendary adventurer Simon Yates, ‘the man who cut the rope’, will be coming to central London on Tuesday 12 November for a special evening hosted by adventure travel specialist World Expeditions and outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Cotswold Outdoor.
One of Britain’s most accomplished mountaineers, Simon Yates’ career spans more than three decades. He is best known for his harrowing 1985 expedition in the Peruvian Andes, an epic of survival that was recounted in the award-winning Touching the Void book – later turned into a BAFTA-scoring film and theatre play.
On the expedition an accident resulted in Yates’ climbing partner, Joe Simpson, falling over a cliff while roped to Yates. To save his own life, Yates was forced to cut the rope that was tying the two together. Yates continued his descent down the mountain, unaware that Simpson had survived the fall.
It was an experience that could put many off the sport of mountaineering – but not Simon Yates. He has remained at the forefront of exploratory mountaineering for over three decades and has successfully guided groups to the summits of peaks across the world, from Nepal and Kyrgyzstan to Alaska and Argentina.
Over the evening, audience members will hear about the drama, the excitement and the beauty of his mountaineering adventures, from the Peruvian Andes to some of the remotest slopes on earth. Simon Yates will also describe his next adventure, which will see him returning to South America in 2020, on a thrilling new expedition that will aim to conquer three 6,000m peaks in the breathtaking High Andes of Bolivia.
In addition to interacting with Simon and witnessing his tireless journey across some of the remotest slopes on the planet, the event will offer adventure fans the opportunity to purchase discounted gear and get tailored advice from the Cotswold Outdoor team.
Tickets cost £10, with all proceeds donated to support schools in Bolivia’s High Andres through the IRIS – Improve Rural Isolated Schools charity. Tickets are available online at the World Expeditions website.
Words by Riana Dixon