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Chris Bonington

Sir Chris Bonington (knighted in 1995 for services to mountaineering) has been Britain's best-known mountaineer since he climbed Everest the hard way in 1976. He has climbed mountains in four continents and has written eleven previous books. He was president of the Council for National Parks for eight years, and is Non Executive Chairman of Berghaus and Chancellor of Lancaster University. He has lived in Cumbria for over 30 years.