George Christopher Band
George Band, who already had several fine alpine climbing seasons behind him, was the youngest member of the 1953 expedition.
In 1955, on Charles Evans’s expedition to Kangchenjunga, he and Joe Brown were the first to reach the top of the world’s third highest peak. In the 1950s he also climbed in the Karakoram, Peru, and the Caucasus, as well as in the Alps and in Britain. After retiring from 36 years in the international oil industry, most of which was spent overseas, he continues to enjoy modest climbing and trekking in the greater ranges, having latterly visited Nepal, Bhutan, and Sikkim. He is a former President of the Alpine Club and of the British Mountaineering Council.