Higher, Further, Funnier: lecture on behalf of the JCMT

The Anson Room, Bristol University Student Union, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 7.30pm.

How do adventures happen? Find out from Squash Falconer, one of Britain’s foremost female adventurers and charity fundraisers, and help raise funds for the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust.

At her talk in February, Squash will be talking openly and honestly about her life and the path she took which ultimately resulted in getting her to the top of the world!  Since then, Squash has climbed many other peaks including Cho Oyu.

More than just a story about Mt Everest , Squash will share early adventures, how she dreamt up the ideas to do what she did and what happened along the way. Proceeds from her talk will be donated to the JCMT.

As a woman in what is often perceived to be a man’s world, Squash is often hailed as a role model. ‘I like to make a difference – to both men and women,’ she says, ‘if I can change someone’s perception and help them go for their dreams, that’s a fantastic thing.’

‘I always say, if you want to do something, it’s out there – just find the right people to help you through it. The most important thing is to just go for it.’

Squash describes her motivation to undertake difficult, often dangerous, challenges as something ‘inbuilt’ and a part of her personality. She was taught to drive by her uncle at the age of six and her early access to quads and trikes developed into an enduring love of motorcycles.

She has completed filming an adventure series that involved some very precarious riding through South America, and hopes to do a second series in Africa.

In 2009, Squash was sponsored by BMW Motorcycles and BBC to ride through France to the base of Mont Blanc, then to climb to the top and paraglide back down with veteran paraglider 65-year-old Irwyn Jehu.

Squash’s hair-raising, 22-minute paraglide descent also earned her an FAI Royal Aero Club recognised world record for being the first British woman to accomplish such a feat.

The talk will be held at the Anson Room, Bristol University Student Union, on Tuesday 9 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 on the door, or in advance in Bristol from Stanfords, The Climbing Academy, Dicks climbing and Taunton Leisure. Free for students, staff and alumni, but donations towards Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust would be welcomed.

The talk will be run in association with the University of Bristol’s Mountaineering Club and Speleological Society as a Paul Esser Memorial Lecture. Paul Esser died in the early 70s in a cave diving accident in South Wales with a fund was established to endow an annual lecture in his memory.