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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.
Winner of the 2015 Prize
The winner was announced at a prizegivng ceremony on 20th November at the Kendal Mountain Festival.
Chairman Graham Desroy is an Outdoor Consultant with extensive climbing and mountaineering experience. He is a former editor of the YMC climbing guidebooks, and has served on various BMC and UIAA committees.
Terry Gifford was Director of the annual International Festival of Mountain Literature and is a former Chair of the Mountain Heritage Trust. He is the author of The Joy of Climbing and editor of The Works of John Muir and has climbed extensively for half a century.
Helen Mort is a poet, runner and climber based in Sheffield. Her first collection 'Division Street' was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013 and her next collection 'No Map Could Show Them' is forthcoming in summer 2016, a book partly inspired by the history of women's mountaineering. She has written for Climb and The Alpinist and her work features in 'Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing'. She is a former Poet in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.