Bramwell International have for some time now
followed and supported Adele Pennington in her quest to become the first
British woman to climb all 14 of the worlds 8,000m peaks.
Staff, retailers and friends recently spent an extremely enjoyable and entertaining evening at Wilf's Cafe in Staveley, listening to Adele's interesting and very personal view of her climbing career and her many adventures on the big mountains. We were also introduced to Adele's climbing companion, Ted.... Now Ted may only be 6 inches tall, but he's certainly climbed bigger mountains than me and has a great story to tell about being kidnapped by the Russians...!
In fact, it seams Ted likes to live life to the full and has not only climbed Everest twice, but has also been kidnapped twice, with one ransom of $100 being paid and has been rescued from a few other life threatening situations on a number of occasions. (There must be a book here?)
On the other hand Ted’s grown-up companion Adele, also had some hair raising adventures to share with her audience.
Born in Corby Northamptonshire, Adele climbed her first mountain, Snowdon in 1972 aged only 6 years old. Later that evening, announcing to her mother that one day she’d climb Everest, being the only other mountain she could name.
Her mountain adventures did not progress much further until the early 80’s when she joined the Scarborough and District Search and Rescue team whilst studying for a PhD in Biochemistry at York University. Adele’s apprenticeship to the delights and dangers of the mountains continued with excursions to the Alps, New Zealand and weekend trips to her homeland hills.
Climbing began to take over and after securing a full time teaching job took she took time off to make a winter ascent of Ama Dablam in 1998.
Following this highly successful expedition Adele had a serious accident in the Alps and her road to recovery saw her leaving the classroom to follow her passion for the mountains. The following summers were spent in Bolivia new routing with a group of friends and spending as much time as possible in the mountains.
In 2001 she decided to start a freelancing career and soon became part of Jagged Globe as an expedition leader and instructor which enabled her to climb in all the seven continents.
Between 2007 and the present day, Adele has concentrated her efforts to the 8000m peaks. She has stood on the top of Cho-Oyu, one of the summits of Manaslu and the top of the world (Everest) twice. (The first British woman to do so!) - as well as reaching camp II on Shishapangma and Gasherbrum II.
In between these trips she has worked the Scottish Winters and enjoyed some personal trips to Yosemite, Norway and in January 2010 returned from a journey to the top of Neilion (Mt Kenya).Bramwell International is pleased to support Adele in her quest and currently supply Meindl footwear, Gregory rucksacks and Source hydration products. Recently Adele has acquired new equipment which includes: the new Meindl Softline Light GTX boots and a Gregory Alpinisto 35 rucksack.