Mountaineer Visits




When a rainy day kept mountaineer George Band (above) off the Munroes his loss was Lismore’s gain as he and his friend decided on a bike tour of Lismore. A casual conversation revealed that George C Band had been the youngest member of the successful 1953 Everest expedition under Sir John Hunt when Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing reached the summit. Two years later with Joe Brown on Charles Evans’ Expedition, he was the first to climb Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. In the 1950s he also climbed in the Alps, Karakoram, Peru and the Caucasus.


Now after retiring from 36 years in the international oil industry, he visits Scotland regularly and continues to enjoy modest climbing and trekking having recently visited Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, India, China and Tibet. He is a former President of the Alpine Club and the British Mountaineering Council and is currently Chairman of the Himalayan Trust UK which supports Sir Edmund Hillary’s work for the Sherpas of Nepal.

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