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Extreme climber on remote Tibetan mountain won’t receive news of book award win for several weeks

Thursday, 11th October 2018

In a world of instant news, Nick Bullock – a leading UK climber famed for his bold climbs of some of the world’s hardest routes – may be the last to know he has won a major international literary award. 

His memoir, Tides: A climber’s voyage, has scooped the Mountain Literature Non-Fiction Award at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book Festival. It is now eligible for the $4,000 Grand Prize which will be announced on Thursday 1 November at the festival in Banff. 

Bullock is currently attempting a new route on the south buttress of the 7,500-metre mountain Minya Konka in Tibet – it is the world’s third highest peak outside the Himalaya. His exact location in this remote region is unknown; he is without satellite or phone signal and is accompanied only by his climbing partner – four-time Piolet d’Or winner Paul Ramsden. The pair are due back in the UK on 2 November.

Competition judge Ian Welsted said: ‘In Tides Nick Bullock carries us with him on the sought-after dream life of a pro climber, seasonally migrating from Llanberis to Chamonix, and other hotspots along the way. Young want-to-be-sponsored climbing bums beware, all is not glory on this path, for as well as the slippery sea-cliff holds, long runouts and Himalayan storms lie other perils: self-questioning, angst at ageing, failed relationships, and a search for meaning. Evocative stories which have become campground lore, Nick offers a glimpse into his mind in the life to which he has committed.’

Tides is also shortlisted for the 2018 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the winner of which will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Friday 16 November.

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