Rare public talk from trailblazing adventurer Eric Jones at BAF

27th Mar 2017

A RARE public talk from Tremadog tea maker and trailblazing adventurer Eric Jones will take place at the Buxton Adventure Festival on Wednesday, 5th April 2017.

Eric was born in 1935 and pushed the boundaries of human endurance and daring with pioneering mountain climbing, expeditions, skydiving and BASE jumping.

In his talk, “The Ups and Downs of a Tremadog Tea Maker”, the retired café owner will cover his early climbing days in Wales and the Dolomites, his alpine soloing on the Eiger, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, as well as BASE jumping from Angel Falls in Venezuela.Eric Jones_Landscape

Having taken up skydiving and climbing in his early 20s, Eric’s exploits were years ahead of their time. In 1978, he hauled heavy camera gear up Everest to film Messner and Habler’s first oxygen-less ascent, suffering severe frostbite in the process.

By the time he was in his 50s, he’d progressed to BASE jumping from the Eiger, and continued climbing through to his 70s, when he climbed the Old Man of Hoy and Devil’s Tower.

He is regarded by many as Britain’s most successful solo climber and tickets to his talk at the Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre, in the heart of the Peak District, are selling fast.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “I’ve known Eric for many years, having previously lived down the road from his Tremadog café. His adventuring achievements are incredible and he’s rightly well-known in the UK climbing community.

“When he accepted our invitation to come to the Buxton Adventure Festival we were thrilled. It’s a rare public talk and will be filled with a lifetime of mountaineering firsts and free-falling feats way ahead of their time.

“Maybe somewhat predictably, Eric’s talk is one of our fastest selling following the re-launch of the Buxton Adventure Festival as a series of mini-festivals held throughout the year. If you’re keen to come along, I’d book your tickets quickly to avoid missing out.”

File0001Alongside Eric’s talk, there will also be a showing of film 75: Never Too Old. The documentary follows Eric and Jeremy Trumper as they climb the Devil’s Tower, in Wyoming, USA, and their take on growing old together.

There will also be a showing of I Porter, a film following Kendal-based photographer and mountain guide Rob Fraser’s quest to find out what life is like as a Himalayan Porter. Rob spent three weeks in the Everest region working as a porter on the legendary trail to base camp.

Rounding-off the mini-festival, an audio-visual show will be presented by Snowdonia-based landscape photographer Michael Mills Davies.

The event takes place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 5th April 2017, at the Buxton Opera House, in the heart of the Peak District. Book your tickets online or call the Box Office on 01298 72190.

The Buxton Adventure Festival is supported by University of Derby, Buxton Advertiser, Buxton Opera House, The Old Hall Hotel, Heason Events and SportsReps.co.uk.

Further events in the 2017 BAF calendar:

  • Author Richard Askwith tells Emil Zátopek’s amazing story on 10th May 2017
  • Endurance athlete and record breaker Lizzy Hawker on 7th June 2017
  • Former British cycling champion Dean Downing on 13th September 2017
  • Boardman Tasker night on 11th October 2017
  • The Adventure Syndicate - Lee Craigie and Emily Chappell on 8th November 2017
  • Record breaking long distance runner Nicky Spinks on 6th December 2017.