Robert Pettigrew MBE was BMC president from 1976 to 1979, helping to establish it in Manchester following its move from London in 1975. He is also past President of the UIAA Access & Conservation Commission and former chair of the CCPR (1995-98) – now called the Sport and Recreation Alliance. He has been a BMC stalwart and staunch advocate for the freedoms of mountaineers for well over 50 years. He is one of a rare breed of mountaineers with an encyclopaedic knowledge of British mountaineering history, its administration and its literature. Bob is well known for his significant mountain exploration over many seasons in the Kulu region of the Punjab Himalaya of India, including several first ascents of peaks and passes between 16000 ft – 22000 ft. He marked his 80th birthday with a return to the Kulu region.