Award Winner 2016


Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2016

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On November 18th The 2016 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature was awarded to Simon McCartney for his book The Bond. This is an epic account of two major climbs in Alaska in 1978 and 1980, and the impact they had on the lives of the two mountaineers involved. This book is already regarded as one of the finest books ever written about mountaineering.

Read the Vertebrate article here.

Read the Climber magazine report on Kendal Mountain Festival here and the Boardman Tasker award here.

 
Image © Henry Iddon

Image © Henry Iddon

 
Image © Kevin Moran

Image © Kevin Moran

Image © Kevin Moran

Image © Kevin Moran

Image © Kevin Moran

Image © Kevin Moran

Award Winners 2015


Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2015

Barry Blanchard reading from his book at the Award Ceremony 2015 Image © Henry Iddon

Barry Blanchard reading from his book at the Award Ceremony 2015
Image © Henry Iddon

The winner of the 2015 Boardman Tasker Award is the Canadian mountaineer Barry Blanchard, with his book "The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains."

The irrepressible Barry Blanchard has vivid recall of every detail of his passionate struggle to escape poverty, throw himself into a hairy apprenticeship and establish himself as a non-establishment alpinist pushing himself through historic climbs and relishing the telling of the tale.

This is a gripping account of a climber's life from humble beginnings in Calgary to epic adventures in the great ranges. Known as 'The Bonatti of the Rockies', Barry has been at the cutting edge of high altitude climbing for many years and his book is a honest an visceral account of a life devoted to climbing at the highest levels, both on rock and ice.

This is one of the finest mountaineering books to appear for many years and it is destined to become a classic of that genre.

Boardman Tasker Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Ken Wilson | Image © Sir Chris Bonington

Ken Wilson | Image © Sir Chris Bonington

A friend of the Boardman Tasker Trust from the outset, Ken’s contribution to mountain writing has been outstanding.

Initially a climber/photographer, Ken established Mountain Magazine in 1969.  Mountain soon acquired a worldwide reputation for excellence and established Ken as a figure in world mountain reporting.

Ken also produced the much loved books, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Extreme Rock, Cold Climbs, Big Walks, Classic Walks & Wild Walks.  The revised edition of Classic Rock published in 2007 was of superb quality and fully reflected Ken’s deep love of British climbing.

Ken established his own publishing company Baton Wicks, which produced a number of excellent books (many of which were entered into the BT Award) and published The Boardman Tasker Omnibus comprising: Savage Arena, The Shining Mountain, Sacred Summits and Everest The Cruel Way.

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Boardman Tasker Award Winners


Lifetime Achievement Award Winners


2015

Ken Wilson

Image © Sir Chris Bonington

Image © Sir Chris Bonington

 

A friend of the Boardman Tasker Trust from the outset, Ken’s contribution to mountain writing has been outstanding. Initially a climber/photographer, Ken established Mountain Magazine in 1969.  Mountain soon acquired a worldwide reputation for excellence and established Ken as a figure in world mountain reporting. 

Ken also produced the much loved books, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Extreme Rock, Cold Climbs, Big Walks, Classic Walks & Wild Walks. The revised edition of Classic Rock published in 2007 was of superb quality and fully reflected Ken’s deep love of British climbing.

Ken established his own publishing company Baton Wicks, which produced a number of excellent books (many of which were entered into the BT Award) and published The Boardman Tasker Omnibus comprising: Savage Arena, The Shining Mountain, Sacred Summits and Everest The Cruel Way.

In recent years Ken has suffered bad health, but he is remembered in the climbing world with much respect and affection. His great efforts in magazine production and book publishing have brought great pleasure to many people and helped several people get established as writers themselves.

Ken was great company whether on the crag, the hill or in the pub. Argumentative and opinionated, he was essentially good hearted and never hid his deep love of traditional climbing values.

When Ken finally retired he handed the keys to one of the world's finest ever mountain literature lists to Jon Barton and his team at Vertebrate Publishing. Jon will always credit Ken Wilson as the inspiration behind everything that Vertebrate produce. And one day, he promises, when they feel they are one-tenth the publishing house Ken was, Extreme Rock will finally get a second edition.

All Baton Wicks titles are now on v-publishing.co.uk

 
When Ken Wilson started Mountain magazine in 1969 he opened up the ability to debate mountaineering to the whole world. To those of us who attempted to write about mountains and climbing he was both the sternest critic and the strongest supporter. More importantly, on the hill or on the crag, Ken was one of us. The man is a hero.
— Steve Dean, Secretary & Trustee, Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust
 
 

2014

Jim Curran

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Jim was a prominent character in the UK Climbing Scene for many years and was well known not only as a climber, but also as a writer, an acknowledged wit, filmmaker, superb artist, guitar player and general good chap! Jim had the great gift of friendship and was widely mourned after he passed away in April 2016. He touched many lives and was much loved.

A long-term friend and supporter of The Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, Jim had no less than five books shortlisted for the BT Award. In his own words “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride!”

Jim was also a BT Award judge for two years. Jim’s books have a lightness of touch and a self-deprecating humour that make them highly enjoyable reads. On more serious ground, Jim wrote the definitive history of K2 and a warm-hearted biography of Chris Bonington. As well as a writer, Jim leaves behind some excellent films and a body of artwork that will give pleasure to people for many years.