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Bonington leading across the Shield on the first ascent of Coronation Street in Cheddar Gorge, 1965. Image courtesy of John Cleare (click to enlarge).
The key pitch on the Chandelle was an overhanging roof with a bombay chimney that Chris finally aided using pebbles as artificial chockstones. Image courtesy of Chris Bonington Picture Library (click to enlarge).
Chris Bonington and some of his 'boys' camped by Annapurna's south face. Bonington was expedition leader - summiteers were Whillans and Haston. Image courtesy of Chris Bonington Picture Library (click to enlarge).
Subject to the brutal Patagonian weather, the Central Tower of Paine is a beautiful, perfect finger of red granite, sheer on all sides. Image courtesy of John Cleare (click to enlarge).
In 1975 Bonington was leader of the expedition that made the first ascent of the Southwest Face of Everest. Image courtesy of John Cleare (click to enlarge).

ExWeb Special: The Life and Climbs of Chris Bonington, part 3

Posted: Nov 23, 2005 01:40 pm EST

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(MountEverest.net) American Pete Poston is a long time contributor to 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 the mountaineering legend: Chris Bonington. The series spans over the climber's career, and ends with an interview - all illustrated with great shots by John Cleare of MountainCamera.com and images from Chris...

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