Mountaineering uni boss will abseil city down tower

CLIMB: Chris Bonnington
CLIMB: Chris Bonnington
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FROM Everest to Lancaster University’s Bowland Tower, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington knows no bounds.

The pioneering university chancellor is planning mark Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary, and his retirement from te post, in style by abseiling down the building.

Sir Chris will step off the landmark tower to lead a charity abseil and raise money for five very different charities on Sunday.

The chancellor, who retires this year, will be joined by 70 thrill seekers, both staff and students, who have all bought tickets to share the experience and raise money for charity.

Sir Chris led the expeditions making the first ascents of the South Face of Annapurna and the South West Face of Everest, realising a dream in 1985 when he reached the summit of Everest.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to abseiling down the Bowland Tower. It might not be quite as high as The Shard which I abseiled down a couple of years ago but it will seem quite enough for anyone doing it and it will be very special for me in this, my final year, as Chancellor and knowing it’s very much in the tradition of our wonderful University since the Mountaineering Club .”