Adventures of a Top South African Woman Climber

Marianne Schwankhart
Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 19:00
Come and join us tonight to hear the inspiring stories of Marianne Schwankhart, a South African adventurer who has become one of the world's top women rock wall climbers while carving out a career as an accomplished photojournalist. In 2004 she became the first woman to scale the East face of the Central Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia, a narrow finger of rock 3,128 meters high whichever is renowned for its foul weather and difficult technical climbs. In 2005 she reached the top of Trango Tower in Pakistan, becoming the third woman to step on the summit.   Marianne describes herself simply as a "free range chicken" and tells her stories in a manner     which is both entertaining and matter-of-fact. She says she doesn't think she's "ever been completely scared" -  a fact to which fellow climbers will attest - except in hindsight,  at least on one occasion after being narrowly missed by a large chunk of falling ice in Patagonia. Some of her other extreme experiences include licking water off an icy cliff face to survive, after the stove intended to melt ice for drinking water was inadvertently dropped down the mountain.   Marianne, who turns 40 in September, will touch on all her big adventures during her talk and is keen to promote climbing challenges which are accessible "on our doorstep" in South Africa.   Date: 2 August 2016 Time: 7pm for 7:15 pm Venue: The Cricket Pavilion at the Johannesburg Country Club, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park Cost: Free for Essa members, guests R40   Join us for dinner and/or drinks afterwards at the JCC


Cricket Pavilion, Johannesburg Country Club


Free for members, guests R30