Exclusive Interview With | Sir Chris Bonington

One of UK’s most celebrated mountaineers for over half a century, Sir Chris Bonington discusses his motivations behind reaching new heights, the peaks of his career and how we can all motivate ourselves to accept new challenges.

Few names are truly synonymous with British alpine tradition, but with a career spanning over half a century, a slew of record-breaking first ascents to his name, and a reputation as one of Britain’s finest expedition leaders, Sir Chris Bonington has established himself as one of the greatest British alpinists in modern history, if not ever. And now, aged 82, Chris still shows no signs of slowing down.

We caught up with the legend during Kendal Mountain Festival, where we discussed the motivations behind the maverick, where it all began, and what he hopes for the future of British mountaineering.

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When not creating content for the Blacks Blog and perpetually daydreaming about everything outdoors, Leonie enjoys heading down unbeaten paths and journeying to destinations less travelled.

She has traversed volcanoes in Northern Chile, explored local cuisine in remote Korean Buddhist temples, and rambled along some of Britain’s most classic trails. If the season’s right, Leonie can be found foraging in the local flora and fauna, and rustling up delicious meals from her latest find.

Favourite British Location: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye

Most Interesting Trek: Salkantay Trek, Peru

Couldn’t Live Without: Packing Cubes

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