1001 Climbing Tips
So I had this on pre-order through the BMC shop deal and when it arrived I couldn’t put it down, but other stuff got in the way, (mostly work and Gwen's book), and ended up only finishing it last week.
The book is a collection of tips that Andy has compiled that he believes everyone should know. Described on the front as if aliens came to earth and sucked a lifetime of climbing from his brain. I would say thats mostly what seems to have happened. It goes through basic tips, alpine, big wall and so many other things, such as what he carries in his first aid kit, the perfect layering for a day of alpine climbing and how to put sun cream on and not get slimy hands.
I would say his book is much like his website and the articles he writes, being full of information and always helpful. It does help to have some knowledge of each area though as stuff is described in such a way that prior knowledge is needed, defiantly a book for Climbers. I quite liked the style of it being split up into 1001 points, making it really easy to put down and then pick back up again without having to search for where you finished reading.
I would say it should be on any climber’s reading list.
Space Below My Feet
After watching Operation Moffat at Christmas I wanted to read this book, but couldn’t find a copy online. Soon later though it was reprinted and got hold of a copy, (if you haven’t watched it yet look it up on BMC website, link below).
The book tells the story how Gwen first started out in the army as a driver, but soon became fixed by the mountains, deserting and moving in with some swatters in North Wales, where she moved around for a few yrs meeting lots of people before finding the joys of climbing. She spent a lot of time early on climbing in North Wales, mostly at Idwal. Then went further afield, visiting and living in Skye, the Lakes and eventually the Alps.
The book also describes some of the other adventures she’s had along the way though, including living on a boat with a new born baby, picking sea food on the shores of Scotland and working as a delivery driver in the highlands, driving in all weathers.
She always lived on little, mostly out of her rucksack with very little possessions, even starting to climb barefoot as she had no shoes to climb in, a tradition she continued for many years, even when she became a BMG.
Later in the Book it goes though how she started to climb with the pinnacle club and how her friends encouraged her to apply to become the first woman British Mountain Guide, being successful. Then later working in the Lakes, North Wales and Skye.
I would and have recommended this book to friends. Defiantly an interesting read!
Operation Moffat Trailer: http://bit.ly/2aHdSyx
Buy Space Below My Feet Here: http://bit.ly/2avm181
Andy's Website: andy-kirkpatrick.com
1001 Climbing Tips: http://amzn.to/2b9G1Ni