Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker (Talk and exhibition)

Two mountaineers climbing snow and ice
Mountaineers, by Wikimol (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Joe Tasker was one of the most influential British mountaineers of the 1970s and 1980s, and his books about climbing, Everest the Cruel Way and Savage Arena, are classics of the genre. A Mountain Heritage Trust Exhibition, co-curated by Dr Abbie Garrington, will explore his life and legacy.

Joe Tasker, alongside Dick Renshaw, claimed the first British winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1976. Joe then went on to higher mountains from that point claiming the first lightweight oxygen-less ascent of Kangchenjunga with Pete Boardman and Doug Scott in 1979.

Joe and Pete lost their lives on an attempt to summit Everest by the NE ridge in 1982.

The exhibition will celebrate Joe’s climbing career as well as his successful and influential writing. His archive comprises correspondence, papers, photographs and literary manuscripts relating to his life as a premier climber and mountaineer, demonstrating his ability to illustrate this in literary formats. The exhibition runs at Ushaw College, 25th June-1st September 2016 and Keswick Museum, 9th September-May 2017.

The exhibition opening is on 25th June at 18.30, at Ushaw College. The evening will begin at 6.30pm and is free to attend. There is a talk by mountaineer and award winning author, John Porter, and a raffle. To sign up for the exhibition opening please see:

The exhibition is curated by Dr Abbie Garringtonalong with Claire Marsland (Ushaw College) and Kelda Roe (Mountain Heritage Trust).


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