The Big Shakeout

Last Friday I joined climbing legends Niall Grimes and Andy Kirkpatrick on stage for “Word of Mouth” at Alpkit’s The Big Shakeout at Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire.

Alpkit approached me to speak at the event because of my extensive climbing adventures and speaking skills (and I know a few of the staff!)  The venue was a large marquee, with the stage set in the format of a chat show.  The evening was designed to be relaxing and light hearted as many of the crowd had travelled a great distance and had their families with them.  There were speakers from many adventurous sports on stage with Niall hosting the evening.  He mentioned unique selling points (USP’s) as something everyone in the speaking world needs.  Whether it’s a style or a niche, all speakers seem to need one.  Mr. Frostbite fitted the bill exactly.  I flicked off my shoes to reveal my feet and the audience were mine…

I spoke about my accident on Mt. McKinley, but also brought my story up to date with images from Nepal, the Alps and Kyrgyzstan.  My story is an ever evolving adventure which has been going on for almost 20 years and has no thought of stopping yet.

I thoroughly loved the event, fielding questions from Niall with comment from Andy.  We worked well together and thoughts are to take the format onto the road.

I got some unusual requests later in the evening from ‘could I have some of your frostbite photos?’ to ‘can I touch your silicon fingers?’  More about them another time…

I couldn’t stay for the weekend, but awoke to a cold and frosty morning in my VW Camper Van.  The sun was shining and everyone was going to have a great time.  I’m already looking forward to the 2012 event..!

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