Harriet Tuckey Lecture

"Everest, the first ascent; the untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible"

Posted by Andy Tomlinson on Jan 20, 2019

My climbing club, The Rucksack Club, is fortunate to have Harriet Tuckey speaking on Tuesday 5th February at the Heaton Moor Sports' Club, Stockport. The title of her lecture is: "Everest, the first ascent; the untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible"

Harriet is an excellent speaker and gives a fascinating lecture about her father's considerable influence on mountaineering, based on her award winning book [Boardman Tasker and Mountain Literature Award winner]. This is a story all those interested in the development of high altitude climbing should hear! As well as this, Griffith Pugh was also intimately involved in the development of understanding of hypothermia in the UK hills.

If you are in the area and would like to join us, please come ... tickets can be bought on the door. 

A copy of the poster, which includes all the details, is attached below...

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Jim Milledge commented 9 months ago
I have known Harriet for a number of years since she first approached me while doing research for her excellent book about her father. I had known Griff very well for many years, indeed I owe him a lot, so I was only too happy to help her with her project. If any of you have not read it, you should. Griff Pugh was a great man but not the easiest one to get on with, a genius in some ways but perhaps not a team player. He played a great part in the ultimate success of the ’53 Everest Expedition. Harriet, his daughter, was and is, also a strong character in her own way. The result was that while she was a young person they got completely at cross purposes and she ran away from home at 16 to live in London. The book is both a story of Griffith’s life and contribution to the ’53 Everest success and other important contributions to Sports Medicine and also her own journey from rebellious angry teenager after his death, to admiration and even love for him. My wife, who is not a mountaineer or even a sports woman, found the book fascinating. I should add that the book is meticulously researched and very well written.

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