Sir Chris Bonington: ‘I was caught by the police when I was four years old’

The mountaineer, 83, on becoming a young communist, dealing with danger at altitude, and the unexpected pleasure of finding love again in later life Climbing Everest for the first time was fantastic. We had the mountain to ourselves. The summit is quite small, about the size of a pool table. Walking along the final ridge from the Hillary Step is a bit of a trudge. All I could think about was all the mates of mine who over the years had died up there. The first time I showed my adventurous spirit I was about four. I opened the back gate of our flat in Hampstead to explore the heath. I was caught by the police and taken to the station at Belsize Park. Somehow I managed to get into their fridge and poured a pint of milk all over the inspector’s desk. Continue reading...