Jamie Andrew & Maddy Cope
MOUNTAINS OF ADVERSITY
DATE: WED JAN 17TH 2018
MAIN SPEAKER: Jamie Andrew OBE
Jamie Andrew’s story is quite simply one of the most gripping and inspiring you will encounter.
In January 1999 mountaineer Jamie Andrew and a climbing partner were trapped for five nights on the storm bound icy summit of a French mountain. The rescue, which was one of the most dramatic in the history of the Alps, came only hours too late to save his partner. Jamie, despite suffering hypothermia and appalling frostbite, survived. Days later all four of his hands and feet were amputated.
For many this fate would have meant the end of all hope, but not for Jamie. Since losing his hands and feet Jamie has achieved some incredible feats. He has learned to walk again, taken up skiing, run marathons and iron-man triathlons, and remarkably, returned to climb once more in the mountains that he loves so much.
In August 2016 he made history by becoming the first quadruple amputee to climb The Matterhorn.
Jamie’s story, recounted with honesty and passion, is nothing short of incredible.
SUPPORT SPEAKER - Maddy Cope
NESS KNIGHT WAS SCHEDULED TO BE THE SUPPORT SPEAKER, BUT SADLY HAS HAD TO CANCEL HER TALK AT LATE NOTICE. MADDY COPE HAS STEPPED UP TO TAKE HER PLACE
Madeleine Cope is one of the top outdoor female climbers in the UK, enjoying the variety of challenges that climbing offers. She has traveled the world, experiencing different cultures alongside her climbing adventures. Her talk provides an insight into her climbing background and the variety of lessons she has learnt from pushing herself in different disciplines - from redpointing 8c to free climbing El Capitan - and considers how her attitude towards goal setting and the importance of self-belief has developed along the way. Last autumn she went to Yosemite to climb the rarely repeated free route, The Shaft, on El Capitan. She describes her experience, and with both humour and humility, explores the motivation, partnerships, self-belief, and obstacles involved in big wall climbing as well as her personal attitude towards success and failure. Throughout, her enthusiastic delivery portrays the underlying joy of pursuing climbing as a way of life.