Simon McCartney - The Bond - Online Talk
- 15 Jul 2020 12.30pm – 1.30pm
ShAFF have organised a virutal talk with Simon McCartney, author of The Bond. Find the event page and tickets here.
Born in London in 1955 and was introduced to the mountains of the UK by his father, Mac, Simon became addicted to climbing in his early teens and spent his school holidays climbing all over the UK. A fine season in 1977 as the sorcerer's apprentice to Dave Wilkinson, one of Britain's leading alpinists, produced a number of paradigm-changing climbs. A first and extreme ascent in the Bernese Oberland and a string of second ascents and test-piece climbs around Chamonix changed Simon's perspective on what was possible. The pair attempted a summer ascent of the north face of the Eiger but were thwarted by poor weather. Simon climbed the route in the winter of 1979.
In 1977 Simon met Californian 'Stonemaster' Jack Roberts in a Chamonix bar. A partnership was formed and the pair went on to test the limits of their ability on two remarkable first ascents in Alaska, the second of which, on Denali in 1980, effectively ended Simon's climbing career. Simon is now a successful businessman living in Hong Kong where his dubious talent in calculated but compulsive risk-taking has continued, albeit on South-East Asia's most prestigious buildings.
The Bond is Simon McCartney's first book and was recently listed no.4 in the top 100 best climbing and mountaineering books.
Simon lives in Hong Kong which is 7 hours ahead of the UK so we are timetabling this online event for lunch time - 12:30BST.