St Andrew's URC, Walton-on-Thames

Mountaineering Exhibition in ‘The Gateway’

Mark Pinnock - EVEREST summiteer
‘The Gateway’ at St Andrew’s Church in Walton-on-Thames hosted an exhibition of photographs, video’s and equipment from the World’s highest mountains on Saturday 19th of March. Mark Pinnock is one of only 3 people in the world to have summited the highest mountain on each of the seven continents at the first attempt. The exhibition took you through his journey across the globe from the mountains of Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and Antarctica. Each set of photos helped you visualize the challenges and terrain he took to each of the 7 summits. At 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Mark gave a talk about his journey and his motivations. During the presentation Mark showed a video of his journey to the top of Mount Everest including a 360 degree video from the summit which was unbelievable. The audience came from all over the local area including some school children who are studying the 7 summits at school and a Brownie who was handed the leaflet at a recent Brownie meeting. There were lots of questions asked, here are some snippets………
1)    What was the best and worst bit about your journey?
a.    The worst bit was leaving and the best bit was coming back down safely.
2)    Which mountain did you enjoy most?
a.    Vinson in Antartica because it was the most beautiful country in the world.
3)    How did you go to the toilet?
a.    In a bag!
4)    Were you ever scared?
a.    No.
5)    What was the coldest temperature you endured?
a.    Minus 67 in the Artartic on the way to the summit of Mount Vinson.
6)    Did you get frost bite and have you lost any parts of your body?
a.    No I was very lucky, I have all 10 fingers and 10 toes!
Everyone who attended also got the chance to see the sort of equipment Mark used and even got to try on a heavy rooksack!
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