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The bad-weather reading list: 30% off biographies

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

'There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear'. After the last fortnight, we're not so sure we agree with this. Waterfalls at Malham Cove, rivers bursting their banks, and wet-dog smells eminating from the corner of the office. How to cope with the meteorological mayhem? Beverage + book + blanket. It's the only solution. Or buy a winter wetsuit and make the most of that ferocious Atlantic swell.

To keep you entertained while outdoor play is postponed, we're offering 30% off these ten Vertebrate biographies, all of which have won - or been shortlisted for - a major international award. They wouldn't make half-bad Christmas gifts either ...

Enter code HIBERNATIONMODE at checkout for 30% off any these titles.

Cold Wars, Andy Kirkpatrick COLD WARS

WINNER – Boardman Tasker Prize, 2012

In this brilliant sequel to his award-winning debut Psychovertical, Andy Kirkpatrick has achieved his life’s ambition to become one of the world’s leading climbers. Pushing himself to new extremes, he embarks on his toughest climbs yet – on big walls in the Alps and Patagonia – in the depths of winter.

Questioning his commitment to his chosen craft, Andy is torn between family life and the dangerous path he has chosen.
Deep Play, Paul Pritchard


WINNER – Boardman Tasker Prize, 1997

Deep Play offers a stylish and timeless commentary on the pressures and rewards of climbing some of the most challenging rock climbs around.

Born with an adventurous soul, Paul has achieved first ascents and notable repeats on some of the world’s most iconic rock faces, including those of Yosemite, Scotland, Pakistan and Nepal. In contrast, his failure list includes two life-threatening falls, which prompted the author into thought-provoking personal re-assessments, in advance of his later near-terminal accident on The Totem Pole in Tasmania.

Echoes, Nick Bullock


Shortlisted – Boardman Tasker Prize, 2013

Nick Bullock was a prison officer working with some of Britain’s most notorious criminals. Trapped in a world of aggression and fear, he felt frustrated and alone. Then he discovered the mountains.

Making up for lost time, Nick soon became one of Britain’s best climbers, learning his trade in the mountains of Scotland and Wales, and travelling from Pakistan to Peru in his search for new routes and a new way of seeing the world.

Statement, Ben Moon


Longlisted – Banff Mountain Book Competition, 2015

A pioneer in the sport-climbing revolution of the 1980s and a bouldering legend in the 1990s, Ben Moon is one of the most iconic rock climbers in the sport’s history. 

In Statement, Ben's official biography, award-winning writer Ed Douglas paints a portrait of a climbing visionary and dispels the myth of Ben Moon as an anti-traditional climbing renegade. Interviews with Ben are complemented with insights from family and friends and extracts from magazines and personal diaries and letters.

Hanging On, Martin Boysen


Shortlisted – 2014 Boardman Tasker Prize

Martin Boysen’s passion for crags and mountains springs from his deep love of nature and a strong sense of adventure. One of the most gifted climbers of his or any generation, Boysen made a huge contribution to British rock climbing and, along the way, climbed with some of the most important figures in the history of the sport

Wry, laconic and self-deprecating, this is an insider’s account of British climbing’s golden age.

In Some Lost Place, Sandy Allan IN SOME LOST PLACE

Shortlisted – Boardman Tasker Prize, 2015

Sandy Allan’s epic account of an incredible feat of endurance and commitment at the very limits of survival – and the first ascent of one of the last great challenges in the Himalaya: the ten-kilometre Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat.

The Mazeno Ridge is the longest route to the summit of an 8,000-metre peak; ten previous expeditions had tried and failed to complete the route before, in 2012, Sandy Allan and Rick Allen made their phenomenal eighteen-day climb.
One Day As a Tiger, John Porter


Shortlisted – Boardman Tasker Prize, 2015
Shortlisted – British Sports Book Awards, 2015
Grand Prize Winner – Banff Mountain Book Festival, 2014

In the autumn of 1982, a single stone fell from high on Annapurna and struck Alex MacIntyre, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents. Alex had achieved a glittering record of hard new routes on Himalayan giants, and in the Alps and Andes.Yet how Alex climbed was as important as what he climbed and, with a handful of contemporaries, he shared the vision of a purer form of alpinism. 

This revelatory memoir shows mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst.

Revelations, Jerry Moffatt


Grand Prize Winner – Banff Mountain Book Festival, 2009

When Jerry Moffatt burst onto the scene as a brash 17-year-old, rock climbing had never seen anyone like him before. Fiercely ambitious, Jerry was focused on one thing: being the best in the world. This is the story of his meteoric rise to stardom, and how he overcame injury to stay at the top for over two decades. 

Top sport climber, brilliant competitor and a pioneer in the new game of bouldering, Jerry's story is that of climbing itself in the last 30 years.

Rock Athlete, Ron Fawcett


Winner – The Boardman Tasker Prize, 2010

Shortlisted – Banff Mountain Book Festival, 2010

In 1969, while still at school in his native Yorkshire, Ron Fawcett tied into a climbing rope for the first time and was instantly hooked. From that moment on, it seemed nothing else in his life mattered as much. Ten years later, Ron was the most famous climber in Britain and the first to style himself as a professional rock climber. But the pressures of the limelight eventually became too much for him to bear.

Rock Athlete tells Ron’s extraordinary story, of how his passion for climbing took him to the top – and almost consumed him.

Troll Wall, Tony Howard


Winner – Jury's Special Award, Norwegian Mountain Literature Prize, 2012

Winner – 'ITAS' Mountain Book Award, Trento Mountain Festival, 2013

Norway, 1965. A team of young climbers from the north of England camp at the bottom of the tallest vertical rock face in Europe – the Troll Wall. No one has dared attempt this gigantic challenge before. 

A Norwegian team arrives to compete for the glory as the world’s media look on. Pushed to the limits of exhaustion, the British climbers spend days on the wall, refusing to give in, even when failure seems certain.

Tony Howard’s gripping account of the climb is a fascinating insight into the challenges of early big-wall climbing.

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