The last few weeks have been some of the hardest of my life, and for once, climbing has little to do with it (warning this is one of those self obsessed blog posts that’s all about me, but which I somehow find therapeutic in writing).Being here with Steve - who wants to solo Zodiac, even...
'I was aware that I was cold - beyond cold. I was a lump of meat left for too long in a freezer, a body trapped beneath the ice, sinking down into the dark. 'I was freezing to death.'
'What does it take to solo one of the most intimidating climbs in the world, pushing through fear, self doubt and the knowledge that you had already failed the same climb three times previously. Andy examines the fine line between adventure and obsession. '
"Andy’s effortless narrative takes the reader into parallel worlds of parenthood and extreme climbing with the reader emerging unsure which is the scariest or more demanding. He is acutely observant of people: his peerless portrayal of the leading characters only matched by his depiction of alpinism at the highest level. There are lighter moments of course, this is Andy Kirkpatrick after all, and his mastery of irony and self deprecation shines through with satisfying regularity."