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Literary Event, Sat 21 Mar 2020, £15.50

Rebecca Stephens: An Easy Day For A Lady

Rebecca Stephens: An Easy Day For A Lady

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Rebecca Stephens is the First British Woman to climb Mt Everest and the Seven Summits. She was a successful journalist when, exploring the question ‘why do climbers climb?’, she accompanied an expedition attempting the North East Ridge of Mount Everest in 1989, reaching the first camp at 7,100m. She then made a decision that she wanted to climb the mountain herself.

In 1993, almost exactly 40 years after the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Rebecca achieved that ambition, becoming the first British woman to stand on the summit in the process. In 1994 she became the third woman – and the first British woman – the climb the ‘Seven Summits’.

“I’ve never seen being a woman as an obstacle” Rebecca comments but qualifies that by observing that it is a balancing act between work and family – whatever your job. She goes onto say that her appetite for risk plummeted when she had she first child and wished to be around to nurture and support.

Rebecca’s talk will be largely personal, drawing on her own experiences and observations. For example, upon meeting other women Everesters at Junko Tabei’s 20th anniversary in Japan in 1995. She will also touch on cultural norms and expectations of old about woman climbers, and will refer to other women on Everest and beyond.

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Dates Times
Sat 21 Mar 2020 19:30

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Address

122a Highgate,
Kendal,
Cumbria,
LA9 4HE

Directions

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Map reference: SD 514924  Lat: 54.32485 Long: -2.74873

In the centre of Kendal, off Highgate. The bus station and Kendal railway station are both a 10-minute walk away.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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