Psychovertical

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9780091920968: Psychovertical

WINNER OF THE BOARDMAN TASKER PRIZE 2008. Metro magazine recently wrote that Andy Kirkpatrick makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton. Words like boldness, adventure and risk were surely coined especially for him. As one of the world's most accomplished mountaineers and big-wall climbers, he goes vertically where other climbers (to say nothing of the general public) fear to tread. For the first time, this cult hero of vertical rock has written a book, in which his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California - the hardest big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton - frames a challenging autobiography. From childhood on a grim inner-city housing estate in Hull, the story moves through horrific encounters and unique athletic achievements at the extremes of the earth. As he writes, 'Climbs like this make no sense ...the chances of dying on the route are high.' Yet Andy, in his thirties with young children, has everything to live for. This is the paradox at the heart of the story. This book - by turns gut-wrenching, entertaining and challenging - appeals to the adventurer in all of us.

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Entertaining, funny and a bit mental -- Zoo

Powerful ... well written, sometimes brilliantly so... The descriptions of climbing are among the best I've ever read
-- Ed Douglas, Climber

Thrilling ... Most compelling are his psychological battles, as self-belief and a dry sense of humour ultimately propel him to the top -- Financial Times

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Thrilling ... Most compelling are his psychological battles, as self-belief and a dry sense of humour ultimately propel him to the top

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Kirkpatrick, Andy
Published by Hutchinson (2008)
ISBN 10: 0091920965 ISBN 13: 9780091920968
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