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At 22, Will Sim is one of the most experienced young British alpinist. Raised in St Bees, but based in Chamonix, he has racked up an impressive list of ascents in a light and fast alpine style. With a particular interest in big North Faces he has climbed over 20 Grandes Courses, including quick ascents of test pieces such as No Siesta on the Grandes Jorasses.
As a St Beghan, Will started by tackling his first climbs locally. Alongside more recent major challenges, he cites one of his favourite experiences as evenings climbing on St.Bees head with a couple of good friends.
Will has a really exciting challenge coming up – he is travelling to Pakistan to attempt to climb the previously unconquered face in the Charakusa Valley.
He will be giving a talk at Saints Rooms Cockermouth on Wednesday February 15 at 7pm
It will be aimed at climbers and non-climbers, with some highlights of British rock and ice, The Alps, Patagonia and Alaska, where he has demonstrated a rare ability to climb hard and fast at high altitude.
The talk is to help raise funds for Lorton School After School Club. This is an important facility for local parents and children. Although the ASC is active in creating diverse activities for the children and in fundraising (they have been awarded grants to form a gardening club from which they sell their own produce), they do need support to keep this small village resource running. Lorton School has a wide geographical intake from local hamlets and surrounds, and it has taken the initiative to run a subsidised bus service to and from Cockermouth at £1 per day to help facilitate attendance at the School
Tickets available through the following link: www.saintsrooms.co.uk/contact-us/will