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Scaling New Heights: Trailblazing mountaineer Anna Taylor to speak in Aberdeen


By David Porter

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Ascending Mount Roraima
Ascending Mount Roraima

How does it feel to stand at the edge of the world? - Next month, climber and adventurer Anna Taylor will be journeying to Aberdeen to give a talk for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks programme to answer this very question, as she shares stories from her exploits around the world.

Just some of Anna’s adventures include bike-packing through the Tasmanian wilderness, visiting and becoming the first woman to successfully ascend the otherworldly cliffs of Mount Roraima in the Amazon, being the first person to complete a self-powered Lakeland Classic Rock Round, and scaling cliff faces without a rope.

She explores the mental challenges that come with these objectives, such as the ability to combat fear, the art of perseverance, and the benefits of being willing to throw yourself in at the deep end and see what happens.

Ascending Mount Roraima
Ascending Mount Roraima

Local group chair David Green commented: “We really look forward to having Anna Taylor speak for our Inspiring People talks programme, who is a real trailblazer for women mountaineers.

"Amongst her other feats, in 2021 she became the first woman to complete a self-powered round of the 83 routes that feature in celebrated climbing book Classic Rock in just 53 days, a really impressive undertaking that will no doubt come with its fair share of anecdotes- this talk is definitely one that is worth coming out for!”

Anna Taylor is speaking for RSGS in Aberdeen at 7.30pm on December 4 at the University of Aberdeen, Meston Building, Northern Entrance.

Anna Taylor
Anna Taylor

RSGS Inspiring People talks are open to all: tickets are free for RSGS Members, Students and U’18s and £10 for general admission. Tickets are available to book online in advance at rsgs.org/events, and are available at the door (but for cash only).


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