Climbing Master Class and Talk on Summiting Everest

  • Sun 16 Feb 20

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Sports Centre

  • Event speaker

    Andrew and Rosie Taylor

  • Event type


  • Event organiser

    Essex Sport

  • Contact details

    Sports Centre Reception

Join us on Sunday 16 February for a master class in rock climbing, at our newly refurbished climbing wall, and talk by climbers Andrew and Rosie Taylor.

Master class 

The master class will be lead by Andrew and Rosie, and is aimed at intermediate to advanced climbers. Participants must be aged 8 years or older.

Everest talk

Andrew will be talking about his experience of climbing Mount Everest, his first attempt being in 2015, when an earthquake halted the expedition. Andrew returned to the mountain the following year and summited Everest in 2016.

  • 12 - 2pm
  • Colchester Campus, Room TBC
  • FREE

Climbing taster session

After the talk, we will run a climbing taster session at the Sports Centre climbing wall, giving novice climbers the opportunity to try it out under expert guidance of our sport staff.

  • 2-4pm
  • 8 years plus
  • Sports Centre climbing wall
  • £10 per person
  • limit of 16 participants

How to book

To book onto the master class, Everest talk, or taster session, please contact the Sports Centre Reception on 01206 873250

Timeline of Andrew's climbing experience

  • 1985 - started climbing with first trip to Alps and climbed Mont Blanc
  • Multiple seasons climbing in the French Alps, including Brenva Spur and Frendo Spur
  • Climbed in USA and Canada, including Yosemite and The Bugaboos
  • 2008 - first trip to the Himalayas and climbed Ama Dablam
  • 2011 - climbed Denali in Alaska. Held up for four days in a storm before being able to summit; lost two stone in three weeks
  • 2015 - first attempt on North Ridge of Mount Everest; an earthquake stopped the expedition and Andrew broke his hand
  • 2016 - summited Everest
  • June 2020 - returning to Alaska

Rosie Taylor competed in bouldering at national level.