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Simon Yates to return to Sheffield this weekend to launch new book at ShAFF

Tuesday, 6th March 2012

British mountaineer Simon Yates, author of The Wild Within, published by Vertebrate Publishing

World renowned mountaineer Simon Yates will return to Sheffield this Friday to launch his latest book The Wild Within as part of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) at the Showroom Cinema.

A University of Sheffield graduate and a Sheffield resident for over 12 years in the 1980s and 1990s, Simon came to prominence in 1985 after making the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes with Joe Simpson – the ensuing epic descent of which is described in Simpson’s book Touching the Void.

Simon has since gone on to become one of the UK's most accomplished mountaineers, with a career in the mountains spanning 30 years in which he has made first ascents of Peaks all around the world with climbers including Andy Cave and Doug Scott.

Simon is also an accomplished writer and The Wild Within covers his adventures over the last 10 years as he travels to some of the world's most remote mountain ranges and observes as modern communications become increasingly common. He also writes candidly about becoming a father and balancing his extreme career in the mountains with his parental responsibilities at home, and he shares his experience of starring in the film adaptation of Touching the Void.

Simon commented: 'Living in Sheffield certainly helped me to become the climber I am now and enabled me to develop my climbing into a successful career in the mountains. The city's role in the UK climbing community can't be overstated and I always enjoy coming back here and catching up with old friends.'

The Wild Within is published this week by Sheffield publisher Vertebrate Publishing. It is available direct and from all good book shops.



Notes to editors

Simon Yates is available for interview. Please contact John Coefield at Vertebrate Publishing on 0114 2679277 or email:

For more information about ShAFF, please visit:


About Simon Yates

Simon Yates is an internationally acclaimed mountaineer, adventurer and author who first came to prominence in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson’s book Touching the Void. In a prolific career spanning almost thirty years, Simon’s climbing adventures have taken him west to east, from Alaska to Australia; and from north to south, from the Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America. He has climbed with many of Britain’s leading mountaineers including Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Parkin, Paul Pritchard, Doug Scott, establishing many first ascents in the process. He is the author of two previous books: 'Against the Wall', and 'The Flame of Adventure', both released to critical acclaim and the former finishing as runner-up for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize. Simon lives in Cumbria with his wife, young son and daughter. When not writing and lecturing he runs his own expedition company: Mountain Dream.

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