Simon Yates, one of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time, is coming to Hexham on Thursday 30 November to talk about his experiences with all proceeds going towards the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

Simon is best known for his role in a harrowing expedition to the Andes in 1985. Simon climbed the west face of Siula Grande in the Huayhuash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes with Joe Simpson. On the descent, an accident resulted in Simpson falling over a cliff while roped to Yates, who was forced to cut the rope to avoid both climbers falling. Simpson survived, and recounted the story in his bestselling book ‘Touching the Void’, which was later adapted into a film.

Following the 1985 expedition to Peru, Simon has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trodden. The event Features spectacular images and film from the Artic to the Antarctic and Alaska to Central Asia.

“Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.”

The event start at 19:30 on Thursday 30 November at Hexham Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham, NE46 3NP. The venue has limited capacity and is expected to sell out. Therefore advance purchase of tickets, costing £12 each, is highly recommended and can be bought at the venue or online at

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team would be very grateful to hear from individuals or companies willing to donate prizes that could be included in a raffle at the event to raise further much needed funds for the Team.