The Boardman Tasker Prize

For Mountain Literature

The Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust

The trust was established to promote literature by providing an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains.

The prize of £3,000 commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker and is given to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.

On 17 May 1982 Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen on Mount Everest attempting to traverse The Pinnacles on the unclimbed North East Ridge at around 8250 metres. Their deaths marked the end of a remarkable era in British mountaineering.

Peter and Joe left two legacies. One was their great endeavour, their climbs on high peaks with bold, lightweight innovative methods which included Dunagiri, Changabang, Kongur, Everest and Kangchenjunga. The second and more lasting achievement were the books they wrote and left behind.

This literary legacy lives on through the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature set up by family and friends in 1983.


2014 Prize

The shortlist for the 2014 Boardman Tasker Prize has been announced.

The winner will be announced at a prizegivng ceremony in November at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

2014 Judges

Audrey Salkeld, noted mountain historian, regular magazine contributor and editor of several mountain anthologies and textbooks.

Chris Harle, an experienced and widely travelled mountaineer and co-author of Mountain Words: British Hill & Crag Literature into the 21st Century.

Robin Campbell, a former Editor of the SMC Journal and current SMC Archivist and Librarian. He has written numerous pieces for journals and magazines and compiled a book, The Munroist's Companion.

Winner of the 2013 Prize

EVEREST, THE FIRST ASCENT The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible by Harriet Tuckey, published by Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing (Random House Group)

Immensely readable biography of the 1953 expedition doctor and physiologist, the author's 'difficult, bad-tempered father' who she lived with in an 'uncommunicative co-existence'.

ISBN 978-1-84604-348-2

Special Award

A special award has been given to the mountaineer, author, film maker and artist Jim Curran for "His Outstanding and Consistent Contribution to Mountain Literature"

Young Writers Award

The 2013 Boardman Tasker Young Writers Award was awarded to Sophie Miocevich.