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.
It's been a busy year for film maker Terry Abraham, with the award winning Scafell Pike film packing the crowds in on a daily basis right through the summer at Rheged and Backpacking in the Lake District with Chrs Townsend already selling well. His third, and final, film of 2014 sees him switch his attention from Scafell Pike to Helvellyn in the company of Fellranger author Mark Richards. Selecting three routes, including the classic Striding Edge, by which to explore…
Ray Mears does survival, Ran Fiennes does long cold walks, Kenton Cool does Everest summits and Chris Townsend does backpacking and wild camping - that's just the order of things. There are names that become synonymous with particular types of adventure and Chris Townsend is one of them. Multi award winning author, respected journalist and photgrapher, Chris has become an institution in the outdoor world. From President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to recently appointed Hill Walking Ambassador for…