Best of British
Bonington first began climbing in 1951 at age 16. He joined the Royal Fusiliers before attending Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, and on graduation was commissioned to the Royal Tank Regiment in 1956. After three years in North Germany, he spent two years at the Army Outward Bound School as a mountaineering instructor. Bonington was part of the party that made the first British ascent of the South West Pillar of the Aiguille du Dru in 1958, and the first ascent of the Central Pillar of Freney on the south side of Mont Blanc in 1961. In 1960 he was part of the successful joint British-Indian-Nepalese forces expedition to Annapurna II.
graduation – being awarded a degree
tank – armoured combat vehicle
successful – victorious