Young Chris (left) at the London zoo, aged 2 (click to enlarge).
Chris Bonington at the start of his climbing career, at the age of seventeen, in 1951 (click to enlarge). image from Chris Bonington Picture Library, courtesy of John Cleare, Mountaincamera.com.
Chris' Centurion tank and crew on a training exercise in North Germany, 1957 (click to enlarge).
Bonington also was involved in the first ascent of the Eiger Direct as both a climber and journalist, leading a crux ice pitch and later ascending the mountain by the normal route, photographing the storm-battered climbers as they summited in a blizzard (click to enlarge).
Chris Bonington, collecting his CBE with his mother, 1976 (click to enlarge). All images from Chris Bonington Picture Library, courtesy of John Cleare, Mountaincamera.com (find link in the links section).
ExWeb Special: The Life and Climbs of Chris Bonington, part 2
Posted: Nov 22, 2005 06:00 pm EST
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(MountEverest.net) American Pete Poston is a long time contributor at ExplorersWeb. His are classics such as the "Chomolungma Nirvana - the Routes of Mount Everest" and a 5-part series co-written with Jochen Hemmleb "The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine's Fate." This Thanksgiving week, Pete offers a 5-part series on a mountaineering legend: Chris Bonington. The series spans over the climber's career, and ends with an interview - all illustrated in great shots by John Cleare of MountainCamera.com and images from Chris...
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