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Mountaineer's archive collection goes public

Posted 24 January 2012
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Mountaineer's archive collection goes public
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Those who may want to know more about what it is like to head out with climbing ropes, crampons and ice axes and take on some of the world's greatest mountain challenges might learn more from a public display of Sir Chris Bonington's personal papers.

Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Mountaineering Council has enabled the Mountain Heritage Trust to complete a two-year project to establish access to the papers.

These cover "some of the most important British expeditions of the 60s, 70s and 80s," Sir Chris commented, noting he had kept them for decades in his garden shed.

He added he is "delighted" they will become publicly avaialble and can be seen by "the mountaineering community and anyone wanting to research this element of mountain history".

These include accounts of many famous expeditions in the Himalayas.

The former mountaineer now lives in the Lake District and is a vice president of campaign group Friends of the Lake District.