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Extreme Climb to Extreme Jump

Tim Emmett
Monday, 16 Jul 2012
JCLT, Olympic House, 1 Stadium Path, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
Tim Emmett extreme rock and ice climber as well as author and TV presenter talks to the RGS about his exploits

Drinks from 6.30 pm (cash bar) lecture starts 7.30pm
Tickets HK$150 RGS HK members HK$200 non members, no pre booking required

Tim Emmett, one of the world's greatest extreme sports athletes gives an introduction to his spectacular career as a climber, mountaineer, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer. In particular, this includes the story of his famous 2012 climb of the behemoth Helmcken Falls in British Columbia, the hardest ice climb in the world, previously thought impossible. The Helmcken ice wall is not only 500ft high but overhangs by about 500ft, leaving the climber hanging for most of the route. His lecture, in addition to stunning slides, includes film footage of his most famous exploits.

Mr Emmett has also done innumerable famous exploits, from achieving the deepest solo dive in the Caribbean to the biggest BASE jump in the Himalayas. He has also established the most difficult rock climbs in Cuba, Mongolia and Wales, all graded E10. A suave, witty lecturer, he also frequently appears in documentaries, television shows and films, which have been watched by over 250 million peopleand has lectured to the RGS in London some 10 times.

On his first Himalayan trip in 2006, Mr Emmett climbed a new route on the East Face on the Kedar Dome (6,840m) in Super Alpine style. In 2012, Mr Emmett continues to pursue climbing's frontiers, climbing mountains with a parachute and then jumping off. He plans to be the first person to climb and then BASE jump off The Nameless Tower (6,239m), Great Trango, Pakistan one of the hardest free climbs in the world. The Nameless Tower has a 1,000m vertical granite wall overlooking the K2.

Tim Emmett read Marine Zoology at Bristol University. He is a professional extreme sportsman and television presenter, well known for his charismatic presentation, having appeared in some 20 films and documentaries, winning six international film awards. These include the BBC's "Wild Climbs " and most famously "Top Gear " where he climbed to the summit of the Verdon Gorge, France, racing against Jeremy Clarkson, who took him on in an Audi.. His passion for rock and ice climbing has taken him all over the world, developing new areas and styles. Mr Emmett has won the ice climbing World Cup three times. He has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines and has published the book "Preposterous Tales ".

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