Only Brit to conquer all 8000m peaks headlines BAF

18th Jan 2018

EPIC documentary Alan Hinkes – The First Briton to Climb the World’s Highest Mountains will be screened at the LowePro Buxton Adventure Festival on Tuesday, 13th February.

The film’s star, Alan Hinkes OBE, and the award winning and critically acclaimed director, Terry Abraham, will take part in a special Q&A session following the screening.

The pair will talk in depth about making the feature length production, which shows stunning landscapes from the Lake District to the Himalayas and archive footage of life in the ‘death zone’ of the world’s highest mountain range.

Alan is a legendary mountaineer who is the first and only Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000+m peaks.Alan Hinkes Profile Cumbria

The feat took 18 years, starting with Shishapangma in 1987 and finishing with Kangchenjunga in 2005, with two attempted summits having to be repeated due to failure.

In 1997, Alan aborted his ascent of Nanga Parbat after sneezing resulted in a prolapsed disc in his back. He reached the summit a year later. And in 2000, bad weather conditions forced retreat on Kangchenjunga, followed by a broken arm during the descent.

Terry Abraham’s documentary celebrates Alan’s achievements, aiming to inspire and entertain outdoors enthusiasts and those interested in British mountaineering heritage.

His previous hits include the BBC documentary Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike – A Year in the Life of England’s Highest Peak and Life of a Mountain: Blencathra.

Alan Hinkes – The First Briton to Climb the World’s Highest Mountains is being shown in association with Fjallraven, Jagged Globe, The BMC and Carnegie Great Outdoors.

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director, said: “We’re delighted to be joined by Alan and Terry for a special screening of this stunning film – a spectacular tribute to an epic achievement and one that has not received the publicity it deserves.

“Climbing any one of the world’s 8,000m peaks would be a lifetime’s achievement for most mountaineers. Summiting all fourteen is up there as one of the most difficult feats of human endurance on the planet.

Alan Hinkes“It took Alan almost two decades to achieve and Terry’s documentary presents that achievement brilliantly, delving into the legendary mountaineer’s love of the mountains.”

The screening and Q&A takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 13th February 2018, 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 in association with LowePro is also supported by Exodus Travel, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Advertiser, The Old Hall Hotel, Heason Events.

Anyone who attends a Buxton Adventure Festival event this year can claim £100 off their next Exodus Travel holiday. See the website for full terms and conditions.