Author: James Miller-Wills

Watch: Age is never a barrier to your sense of adventure

Chris Bonington, Old Man of Hoy

In 1958, Sir Chris Bonington was involved in the first British party to climb the Central Pillar of Freney on the south side of Mont Blanc. By 1983, he became the first solo explorer to reach the top of Vinson Massif. And in 1985, he went on to conquer Mount Everest.

With all this in mind, reaching the summit of The Old Man of Hoy in Scotland (at just 137m) appears to be pretty straightforward for a mountaineer of Sir Chris’s stature and experience. But here’s the rub: he made the ascent in 2014 at the staggering age of 80!

So enjoy this short film of Sir Chris’s journey and marvel as this incredible adventurer defies age, overcomes fear, and climbs The Old Man of Hoy as an octogenarian. A reminder that there really are no obstacles to achieving your goals.



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