Climber shares experience of fighting off grizzly bear

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Grizzly bear-fighting former prison guard turned mountaineer Nick Bullock will recount his worldwide adventures at the Buxton Adventure Festival.

As one of the most outspoken climbers of his generation, Nick will pair his usual dry wit and humour with stunning photography, exciting films clips and a feature of his ascent of the Rive Gauche above the Argentiere Glacier in Chamonix.

The UK premiering talk, titled It Takes a Big Dog, will span his many adventures exploring the world’s mountains and cliffs. Nick will also talk about an incident that sparked international headlines at the end of 2015, when he and climbing partner Greg Boswell narrowly fought off a grizzly bear attack in the Canadian Rockies.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, March 23, at 7.30pm in the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton. The event is supported by University of Derby, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Advertiser, The Old Hall Hotel, Go Ape, and Heason Events.

Matt Heason, festival director, says: “Our March speaker is one of mountaineering’s most outspoken voices – Nick Bullock. Many will remember the headlines before Christmas when Nick and Greg Boswell got attacked by a bear and his BAF talk will be the first time he’s talked of the incident on stage.”

The evening will also feature the film, All Roads Lead to Scotland, about the climbing partnership between Nick and Tim Neill.

To book tickets, visit www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk.