The judges are delighted to award the 2008 Boardman Tasker Award to Andy Kirkpatrick for Psychovertical. If only there was a way to long jump some of that learning curve…. Considering I never climbed more than a few flights of steps, I thought I would not get this book. Ein unerhört hartes und zartes Buch. Im Zentrum steht die Schattenseite der leuchtenden Gipfel und grossen Abenteuer: Der immense Preis, der fu776;r das Leben als Extremer zu bezahlen ist als Vater, als Ehemann, als Mensch. The author gives a penetrative insight into the mindset of a man and his struggle to comprehend and justify his addiction to suffering untold horrors for no obvious r This is the story of survival.
What I don't understand is the cover design. What first started as a way to fight my big fear of heights, now has been a big part of my life, filling up my weekends away from work and gym hours during week. Once I started reading the book I had to keep flipping to the front cover and trying to understand why it was there. As he writes, 'Climbs like this make no sense. From childhood on a grim inner-city housing estate in Hull, the story moves through horrific encounters and unique athletic achievements at the extremes of the earth.
For the first time, this cult hero of vertical rock has written a book, in which his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California - the hardest big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton - frames a challenging autobiography. The author comes across as self-obsessed and so hungry for attention that it borders on a psychological condition. Here is no case of classic British irony. Apart from that - love his writing, his honesty, his mad Pom attitude to climbing, his ability to laugh at himself, and to be cruel to his climbing partners - all resonates strongly with my own Anglo-climber background. He also writes in an interesting way on his climbing exploits, which certainly push the boundaries of what is possible. The book is truly endearing and captivating on many levels.
He is a clear, spare writer, and a highly visual one. Not f I don't deny that Andy Kirkpatrick is a very accomplished climber and I admire someone with dyslexia going through the effort of publishing a book. I purchased the paperback 2012 edition published by Mountaineers Books. Totally afraid of this new world, but totally addicted: I love to struggle. You start to read it and after finished the first page you will shut the light once you finished the last page of the book.
For the first time, this cult hero of vertical rock has written a book, in which his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California - the hardest big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton - frames a challenging autobiography. About the film Based on Andy's best-selling auto-biography of the same name, Psycho Vertical explores the intricate mind of Andy Kirkpatrick, a world-class climber and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires and identities. A proud father, he cannot help but put ambition over security, even if that means risking his life time and again. In his books, Andy Kirkpatrick tells us about his many mis- adventures to the Alps, Patagonia, and Yosemite valley. There is humour and there is soul searching - even Andy doesn't seem to fully know why he is compelled to put himself through his near-impossible climbs, leaving his family behind. It was said that if you fell, you died.
Though he knows the pain of living in poverty, pursuing his dreams comes before making a living. As one of the world's most accomplished mountaineers and big-wall climbers, he goes vertically where other climbers to say nothing of the general public fear to tread. He laces his climb of the Recient wall on El Capitan in Yosemite valley throughout the stories. It was filmed in Stornaway Scotland over ten years ago and I think my style, delivery etc has improved somewhat since then this is more like a funny climbing slideshow, rather than a proper 'one man show'. What first started as a way to fight my big fear of heights, now has been a big part of my life, filling up my weekends away from work and gym hours during week. This is the story of survival. For the first time, this cult hero of vertical rock has written a book, in which his thirteen-day ascent of Reticent Wall on El Capitan in California - the hardest big-wall climb ever soloed by a Briton - frames a challenging autobiography.
A leading expert on climbing gear, Andy is also an award-winning writer and film-maker with an ability to captivate any audience with his unique brand of humorous and motivational story-telling. The descriptions of climbing are among the best I've ever read. Knowing that a super star athletes as you are real bone and flesh has led me on a road of self-knowledge and introspection on life, making me question a few assumptions and creating a better view of myself. Not few of his partners dropped climbing after their experience, so it is not surprising that he did never have a permanent climbing partner. Using video, music and a unique sense of humour, Andy details one of the most treacherous mountain ranges in the world, giving the audience a taste of what it is like on an expedition; being trapped on mile high summits in hurricane winds, buried by avalanche, or being pushed close to hypothermia whilst lashed to the side of a mountain.
When - if - I pass over to normal life I know I will drag this feeling with me. What you get is an interesting personal and professional biography interspersed with a pitch by pitch account of his 14 day solo attempt of a big wall climb. Daisyroots Book Shop, Main Street, Grange over Sands. Schonungslos und offen rechnet er mit sich und dem Bergsteigen ab. Nutcraft covers standard climbing nuts, micro wires, hexs, tricams and exotica knots, beaks and natural chocks , as well as how best to use them. I am a bit mystified how he is still alive; it seems more by luck than judgement on occasion.
Psychovertical by Andy Kirkpatrick Signed 1st by author on title page Autobiography of one of the worlds most accomplished mountaineers and big wall climbers When the book was bought it was put in a plastic cover to preserve its jacket , keeping it in as good as new condition All our books are shipped in book boxes and sent insured and recorded This volume can be ordered and paid for over the phone by Credit or Debit card or collected in person from our shop. It is well written, and he is especially thoughtful when considering the clash of interests that being a climber and a father brings. What you get is an interesting personal and professional biography interspersed with a pitch by pitch account of his 14 day solo attempt of a big wall climb. Some really insightful parts into a deeper aspects of climbing. But once I got past that, I liked the way the book was organized and jumped around between different climbs and parts of his life. But it is through his stand up shows that Andy is probably best known to the public. This is a device that can work - and does work for the main story of his climb of the Reticent Wall, interspersed with historical and biographical flashbacks.
What I don't understand is the cover design. His book starts off as he is about to leave, the pleas of his wife heavy on his mind and the climb ahead rushing through his mind like a drug. This was true for me as I read this book first when I had just begun climbing about 5 years ago, and again now, enjoying it more so now than then. It was 'Pringles' climbing: once you pop you don't stop. . He seems to boast with the fact that he talked less experienced climbers into life-threatening expeditions. Apart from th I read this again this week - and would give it 4 stars, if it werent for the irritating way the author has chopped the book up into a number of stories, done concurrently, in succeeding paragraphs.