Last year’s Risk & Rewards In The Mountains event was so gripping that people were dismayed when it finished; they wanted more!
So, by popular demand, the concept is back, but with a new spin. This year, the Mountain Equipment Risk Sessions will feature climbing psychologist Dr Rebecca Williams talking one-on-one with a selection of well-known climbers and outdoor adventurers about their attitude to risk, their motivation and how we can learn to manage the dangers faced in adventure sport.
Taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - each day will feature different speakers. The Mountain Equipment Risk Sessions Green will feature:
Originally from the south of England, Tom has a penchant for trad, winter and alpine climbing - the bigger and badder, the better. Some of his most memorable routes include Cracking Up (IX,9), The Fourth Dimension (E7 6c), Fun or Fear (ED), The Secret (IX, 9), Rare Lichen (E9 6c), Conan the Librarian (E6 6b), Divine Providence (ED), a winter ascent of the Walker Spur and Rolling Stones (ED) on the Grandes Jorasses, The Great Game on Koyo Zom (ED+) and. In 2019, Tom was awarded the Piolet d’Or for his ascent of the North Ridge Variation on Latok I (ED+) with Aleš Česen and Luka Stražar. He's an acclaimed outdoor writer published nationally and internationally, plus works as an outdoor instructor, and with an IRATA Level 2 qualification also works as a Rope Access technician. Tom also founded the British ‘Young Alpinist Group’ in 2020, with a mission to advance the next generation of world-leading young UK alpinists.
Paul Ramsden does not belong to the group of extreme climbers who are out to market themselves and want to be constantly in the spotlight. However, he certainly deserves it; the list of his first ascents in the Himalayas is long. In 2016 for example, together with Nick Bullock, he succeeded on the first ascent of the extremely demanding North Face of Nyainqentangla South (7,046m) in Tibet. For this ascent they were awarded the Piolet d’Or prize, the ‘Oscar’ of the climbing world and the fourth time that Ramsden had received this honour; his previous three were all Himalayan first ascents in the company of Mick Fowler. All this despite the fact that Ramsden is not a professional climber; he earns his living as a Health and Safety expert, advising companies around the world, and therefore brings a unique perspective to climbing itself.
Fay is a British alpinist based in Chamonix. Fay says she can pinpoint the exact moment she decided to take her exploration to the next level, on a particularly memorable trip to North Wales. Shortly after she moved to Chamonix to fully immerse herself in the world of alpinism, climbing committing routes such as the first female ascent of the Phantom Direct on the south face of the Grandes Jorasses, the North Face of the Eiger, the American Direct on the Dru, and the Walker Spur (also on the Grandes Jorasses). Transferring her skills further afield, Fay has climbed the Cassin Ridge on Denali as part of an all-female team, a major mixed route Waa Shakil (6b/M5) on Trango II (6,327m) in Pakistan, Mental Breakdown (7b+ R) on the Father Tower, Greenland, plus four new routes on unclimbed spires between 4,500m and 5,100m. Fay is particularly passionate about inspiring women and girls to try mountaineering, keen to influence their transition from indoor climbing to the outdoors and pursuing mountaineering as a recreational hobby.