The Boardman Tasker Charitable
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.
The rules and entry form are available from this website.
Winner of the 2012 Prize
Bernard Newman, Chair of the judges, has announced the winner of the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature:
COLD WARS - Climbing the fine line between risk and reality
The winner was announced at the annual prize giving on Friday 16 November during the Kendal Mountain Festival.
The judges speech is now available.
Details about the Young Writer's Award
Paul Tasker (Chairman), Stephen Dean (Secretary), John Boardman (Treasurer),
Sir Chris Bonington CBE, Maria Coffey, Dennis Gray, Dick Renshaw,
Hilary Rhodes, Teresa Tasker, Martin Wragg, Martin Henderson, Pippa Southward
REGISTERED CHARITY No. 1053494