Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:52

5 top modern mountaineering biographies

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One of the great joys of winter camping is the time it gives you to settle down in your sleeping bag and read. In the UK we're priviliged to have not just a wonderful mountain heritage but an equally impressive heritage of mountain literature. Biographies have always been an important part of this heritage and it's no surprise to see another shortlisted for this year's Boardman Tasker Awards in My Father Frank by Tony Smythe, so we decided to have…
One Day As A Tiger, John Porter’s biography of iconic British mountaineer Alex MacIntyre, has been awarded top prize in the sought-after Mountaineering History category at the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition. This is the 21st year of the prestigious international awards, which represent the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoor, adventure and environment genres. The competition attracts some of the world’s leading names in mountain literature, while also encouraging lesser-known talent.
On 15th October 1982 Alex MacIntyre and Rene Ghilini reached 7200 metres on a new route on the south face of Annapurna. Having reached an inpenetrable barrier they were retreating from the face when a single falling stone hit MacIntyre. In that one instant one of the most iconic figures in British climbing history died, leaving a  James Dean style legacy that still remains over 30 years later. In One Day as a Tiger close friend, and witness to the…
You can't visit the Lake District without wanting to take a photograph, it's part of what brings 15 million people to the area every year, but though we all like to think our photographs are good it takes a single glance at the work of the professionals to realise we're usually average at best. Somehow we never get the same weather, or the same light. The landscapes look similar but always seem to be from a slightly different angle and…
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