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.
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'.
A special award has been given to Jim Curran for "His Outstanding and Consistent Contribution to Mountain Literature"
Wendy Bonington left this world on the 24th July and the gap she leaves in so many people's lives cannot be filled. The love and compassion she had for others will always remain in our hearts. The deepest condolences of all those at the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust to her family.
The 2014 Prize
The final list of entries for the 2014 Boardman Tasker Prize is now available.
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
A shortlist will be announced in September and the winner at a prizegivng ceremony in November.
Details of the 2014 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
REGISTERED CHARITY No. 1053494