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.


2015 Shortlist

The 2015 Shortlist is now available.

Winner of the 2014 Prize

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Tears of the Dawn by Jules Lines, published by Shelterstone

Jules is one of Britain's most accomplished free solo climbers and over many years has gained an awesome reputation for his achievements in what is a totally unforgiving sphere of activity.

In this, his first book, he recounts adventures and misadventures worldwide, from early achievements (he completed The Munros before leaving school) to the continuing challenges of the present day. Jules writes in a modest and unassuming style, but the subject matter is truly gripping and will make the readers palms sweat! Coupled with the climbing content, are hard won observations on an often solitary life of travel and the many people encountered in a truly adventurous life.

Jules' writing is of a very high standard and he is a worthy winner of the award.

ISBN 978-0-9576817-0-5

The winner was announced at a prizegivng ceremony on 21st November at the Kendal Mountain Festival.

Winner of the 2014 Young Writers Award

The Winner of the 2014 Young Writers Award is Emily Herbert with her entry "A life lesson 300 metres up"

2015 Judges

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.

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 Giffordwas 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.