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Topic - Mike Banks RIP

John Alcock - on 13 Feb 2013
I've been abroad skiing and climbing so apologies if you know this already, but one of Britain's greatest climbers and explorers Mike Banks has just died aged 90.
I was lucky enough to have the honour of filming a documentary on Mike some years ago. His exploits ranged from making the first ascent of Rakaposhi, to a 2 year first crossing of Greenland to for many years being the oldest man to climb the Old Man of Hoy. Many of his expeditions were turned into B movies- shown in cinemas before the main film of the day.
He was a tough former Royal Marine Commando (who instigated NATO's arctic warfare training programme), a vehement vegan, a perfect gentleman and tremendous fun.
In his later years he persuaded SAGA to sponsor him to lead expeditions to unclimbed peaks in China.
He was one of those few people who have dreams and carry them out.
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