“Ballooning over Everest” by Leo Dickinson

"Ballooning over Everest" by Leo DickinsonThe Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome to Hong Kong Leo Dickinson to lecture on “Ballooning over Everest”. Mr Dickinson is world-famous for his numerous heroic exploits, including being the first person to Balloon over Everest and climbing on the first ascent of Everest without oxygen by Reinhold Messner.  Lighter moments in his career of adventure, which has spanned just about every adventure sport, have included skydiving with eight naked women in California.

In this lecture, he first tells the story of his epic adventure as the leader of a team planning to become the first to balloon over Everest.  Through numerous trials, tribulations and triumphs he successfully guided the balloon over Everest in 1991 to international acclaim.  He landed in Tibet having broken two ribs and most of his cameras, but having achieved a feat hitherto believed impossible.  Also on Everest, he lectures, both with film excerpts and photos, of his climb to the South Col to film Reinhold Messner’s triumphal first ascent of Everest without oxygen.

Mr Dickinson is an international mountaineer in his own right and speaks in this lecture on his own filmed ascent of the Eiger, following which he lectured to an audience of over 8,000 people.  He also speaks of his ascent of Cerro Torre on the Patagonian Ice Cap.  He is also one of the world’s great skydivers, having made over 3,000 jumps over the last 25 years.  The lecture concludes with the story of a recent film he made where he taught Peregrine Falcons to jump off cliffs in synchronized jumps with Base Jumpers.

Mr Dickinson began rock-climbing in the Lake District and North Wales and spent his first Alpine season in the Dolomites.  His first film was his ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. Since then he has made numerous television documentaries traveling from Patagonia to the Himalayas and Karakorum.  During his mountaineering career Mr Dickinson has climbed the overhanging Brandler/Hasse route on the Cima Grande di Laveredo, the Phillip/Flamm on the Civetta, and the North Faces of the Piz Badille, Matterhorn and the Eiger. Since he started skydiving, he has achieved over 3,000 jumps with at least 1,500 of them with cameras on his helmet, recording numerous records and stunts.  He has made four documentary films on skydiving and four comedy skydiving films.

As a photographer, Mr Dickinson has had photos published in many of the major magazines including Life, National Geographic, Paris Match and GEO. He has won the Nikon press photographer award for his photography.  He has written three books about his adventures ‘Filming the Impossible’, ‘Anything is Possible’ and ‘Ballooning over Everest’.  He has made over 50 films of his own and helped on as many others, which have won numerous awards in every major mountain film and adventure film festival.  Mr Dickinson is also a popular adventure and inspirational speaker, having given over 250 lectures worldwide.

Event Details:

Date: November 30, 2010, Tuesday

Time: 7 p.m.- drinks reception; 7:30 p.m. – lecture

Venue: 1F, Duke of Windsor Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

(please note that this building is in a convenient location, about 5 minutes from Admiralty MTR or Pacific Place, next to the HK Police HQ)

Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$100 for Members and HK$150 for Members’ guests and others.

For more information, please contact:

Tel: (852) 2583 9700

Fax: (852) 2140 6000

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.rgshk.org.hk

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