Well-known for his phenomenal achievements at high altitude in the Himalayas as well as for his sense of humour and charitable efforts with the YHA and Mountain Rescue, Yorkshire-born Alan Hinkes will be visiting venues around the country this autumn to discuss everything from life and death moments on Everest and K2 to his love of the Lake District and real ale. 

In 2005 Alan became the first Briton to have climbed all of the world's mountains over 8,000m when he finally completed his round of the 'Big 14' by reaching the summit of Kangchenjunga. He still remains as the only Briton to have achieved such a feat.

As part of a collaboration between Fjällräven and Ellis Brigham, Alan's speaking tour will be visiting London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cambridge, Bristol and Milton Keynes. 

Outdoors Magic's editor, Will Renwick, was given a taste of what Alan will be discussing when he sat down with him last winter for an interview over a pint in Keswick's Wainwright pub. Topics of conversation included reaching the highest point in the world, the effects of altitude on the mind and body, the time Alan accepted he was "probably going to die" during a descent and personal challenges that he's now set himself. 

We also recently got to spend a day with Alan exploring Castle Crag in the Lake District where he showed us some of the first crags he climbed and the spot near Borrowdale where he was once caught in an avalanche.

Tickets for the tour will cost £10 each and are available to buy online at EventBrite

· Glasgow – 10th October - The Boyd Theatre at Glasgow University

· Manchester – 12th October - Sackville St Building at Manchester University

· London – 17th October - B5 Auditorium at UCL

· Bristol – 21st October – The Redgrave Theatre

· Milton Keynes – 22nd October – The Chrysalis Theatre

· Cambridge – 23rd October – Anglia Ruskin University