Damien is the internationally recognised authority on Antarctic climbing and his presentation will include an overview of Antarctic climbing areas and history, as well as highlights of his own expeditions to the highest peaks. Woven into these stories and images is Damiens reflection on why adventurers are drawn to Antarctica and what Antarctica means for all of us.


Damien Gildea has been climbing for more than 20 years and has led ten expeditions to Antarctica, making over a dozen first ascents, three summits of Mount Vinson and two ski trips to the South Pole. Damien is the author of Mountaineering In Antarctica: Climbing In The Frozen South (2010) and has published two topographical maps of Antarctic mountain regions, based on his teams GPS work, and for which the US government named a glacier after him. For over a decade he has been the Antarctic correspondent for both the American Alpine Journal and Alpinist magazine. Damien has climbed in the Karakoram, Himalaya, Andes and Pamir but is always planning to return to Antarctica.


Mountaineering in Antarctica

11.45am Saturday 18 October, Scarpa Room

Damien will take us through an overview and history of climbing in Antarctica, featuring the climbs and climbers that stand out in a century of mountain exploration.

He will touch on the highlights of his own ascents amongst the highest peaks and look at future developments, all the while exploring the question of why climbers come to Antarctica.

Damien will have some copies of his book available, Mountaineering In Antarctica: Climbing In The Frozen South. So grab a signed copy after his presentation.

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