The stories of these travels have enthralled Stephen’s
lecture audiences in theatres, schools and university clubs and
at corporate conferences all over the world. He has also
appeared in television documentaries for BBC, ITV and National
Geographic, presented for Radio 4 and appeared in the IMAX movie
Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.
For a flavour of these stories see
video above or go to
In conversation with... Stephen Venables from MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT on Vimeo.
He has written for all the London broadsheet newspapers,
covering exploration and adventure, as well as more diverse
subjects such as transport, gardening, music and sculpture.
Painted Mountains, Stephen’s first book, won the 1986
Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. Subsequent books
have won the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain
Festival and the King Albert Award. His ninth book, published in
2006, is the Sunday Times bestseller Ollie – the touching story
of his elder son who had autism and who died from a brain
Two further books were published in 2007, which also saw the
release of the IMAX movie The Alps, for which Stephen wrote the
screenplay. He was also busy that year as President of the
Alpine Club, celebrating its 150th anniversary. In 2008 he
returned again to South Georgia, guiding a party on the
Shackleton Traverse and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from
Sheffield Hallam University.
In 2011 he led the crux section of World Expeditions' Great
Himalayan Trail. In 2013, celebrations to mark the 25th
anniversary of his Everest climb include an
expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Everest - Summit of Achievement Reprinted
To mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest,
the ultimate Everest coffee table book, produced from the
archives of the Royal Geographical Society, has been reissued.
Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished
photos including the first ever taken of Everest.
Authors include Ed Douglas, John Keay and Tashi Tenzing, with
Stephen Venables as general editor. To order see
Stephen's new book, First Ascent, featured recently in this
Climber magazine feature by Ed Douglas.
Click to download pdf of article
Stephen's motivational speaking career was also the subject of
this feature in the business magazine E&T.
to download pdf of article
Stephen's Speaking Show Reel