Dr. Charles Clarke
Monday, 24 Nov 2003
2/F Sports House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
We are delighted to welcome to Hong Kong Dr. Charles Clarke, Chairman of the Mount Everest Foundation. Dr. Clarke's lecture marks the conclusion of our celebrations of the Royal Geographical Society's successful first ascent of Everest in 1953 led by Lord Hunt. Earlier this year, Dr. Clarke chaired the Royal Gala Celebration to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the ascent, in the presence of HM The Queen, Sir Edmund Hillary KG and all the surviving members of the expedition. Dr. Clarke's climbing experiences date from the 1950s and he has been climbing in the Himalayas for more than 25 years. His particular interests are expedition and high altitude medicine and exploration of remote areas, including in the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, western China and eastern Tibet. From 1965 onwards he climbed in Kishtwar, western Nepal, including making the first ascent of Swagarohini. He went on to become a member of some of the most famous Himalayan expeditions of the last 25 years, including the successful 1975 Everest SW Face Expedition ("Everest The Hard Way"), the famous Kongur expedition of 1981, the tragic 1982 Everest NE Ridge Expedition ("Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge") and the Menlungtse Expedition of 1988. In recent years he has been exploring the Sepu Kangri region of eastern Tibet with Sir Chris Bonington ("Tibet's Secret Mountain"). In this lecture, Dr. Clarke describes his many famous expeditions and speaks about his own recent travels in eastern Tibet. He also traces the history of our understanding of the effects of high altitude, highlights the importance of Tibetan medicine in our understanding of mountain medicine and describes his own groundbreaking work on the field. Dr. Clarke also speaks of the epic 1953 Everest expedition and the celebrations of 2003 to mark its Golden Anniversary. Dr. Clarke was educated at Rugby and Cambridge and is a Fellow and Member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians, London. Dr. Clarke is a consultant neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. He is also a world expert on mountain and high altitude medicine. Dr. Clarke holds many awards and prizes, including the Duke of Edinburgh Prize from the Institute of Sports Medicine. Dr. Clarke is the author of many wellknown books, including "Everest", published in 1978, "Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge" with Sir Chris Bonington, published in 1983,and "Tibet's Secret Mountain", with Sir Chris Bonington, published in 1999. Dr. Clarke has lectured worldwide, both on mountaineering and medicine,including at the Royal Geographical Society in London.