/ NEW ARTICLE: 'Hell freezes over' - A. Kirkpatrick
Pour yourself a stiff drink and read on...
a reasonable article*
*n.b. I'm too proud to admit it made me cry.
And I admit to a wee lump in my throat at the end there.
Great article. And yes, I cried. Think I'll have that drink now.
P.S. 'Every one wanted to go down. Yet because we took this for granted no one said so, and so each of us assumed the rest wanted to carry on. Insanely, this is what we did.'
A beautiful example of the Abilene paradox.
Very brave and personable.
Looking forward to the book.
Nice one, Andy :o)
however the juxtaposistion style of writting, which andy seems to use alot is ok, however a whole book written like that would be very teidios.
good read all the same.
Once he committed to that epic it was a time bombing waiting to go off. Who knows how the trauma will affect the rest of his life.
I mean having a baby...That would scare the crap out of me.
I'm told once you're there, the love makes it worthwhile.
A theory I'll never test.
its beyond me how you can seemingly compare an epic during patagonian winter with child birth... but it works. amazing and touching article, it sent shivers up my spine.
How can you not?
Damn. Shouldn't have read that first thing at work. Now I have to claim there's something in my eye.
And I can't get a stiff drink either.
Very good. Can totally empathise with the experiences and emotions of having kids. Didn't really begin to feel anything till my kids were about 10mths old.
Good how climbing literature seems to allow us to explore our darker emotions.
Great stuff. Went to Andy's lecture on Reticent Wall last week ("my wife had a baby so i decided to kill myself") similarly good, though his writing style is very different to his lectures.
A proper UKC badass article at last !
Excellent stuff. As Bobt has said, good how articles like this explore the dark side of human nature.
It's also confirmed my decision to avoid having kids and doing any ice climbing at all costs.....
Very good read. Didn't blurb, but sympathised greatly with the author relating to the birth of his child (but thankfully not to the epic in Patagonia). Detatchement, fear, "what kind of a partner am I to think those thoughts", "I don't want to be like those dads whose world revolves around their sprogs"... In the end it turned out all right. Question of balance I s'pose
I filled up at that, having had few moments in the last 17 months & 1 day and eagerly anticipating the 9th of February. Nothing I've experienced has been scarier & less certain than the journey into parenthood.
That will presumably depend on the frequency of books appearing that need to be promoted. Both this article and the Nick Bullock one were essentially adverts.
I think you're confusing me and Nick with someone else, and we'd both me driving around in BMWs if we thought like that. Both pieces were writen for climbers to read, not to line our pockets.
Anyway my book's several years away. The story is more about taking risks in writing, and then having the balls to let other people read it. I think the same goes for Nick.
It's also interesting to see the different emphases in your articles - Nick's giving an insight into the sort of experiences which could make someone prepared to put up with the masochistic side of mountaineering while yours looks at the other side of the coin, the difficulty of integrating the mountaineering lifestyle into a relatively normal life.
> Anyway my book's several years away.
Well, just you hurry now and get that book written, never mind all this climbing nonsense! Look forward to reading it.
> Both pieces were writen for climbers to read, not to line
And very good it was to.
> Anyway my book's several years away.
Well, stop surfing the web and get on with it! ;0)
er... it's 'tale'
A good climbing tail might come in rather useful though...
My apologies. Still, inadvertently or not, the article is a good advertisement ...
Indeed. Especially through such a potentially aggressive medium as UKC. Exposing one's work on here is not for the risk-averse :-P
anyway, my take, while it might lack the same clarity :
A good tale.
First three paragraphs seemed to say the same thing three times.
I found the style - ie the parallel stories and alternating paragraphs - a bit dominating, in as much as it seemed more important than the story. There were many times, eg, the paragraph containing the idea that having a baby or doing a route made you a man, when the need to contain the idea in a single paragraph restricted the scope of the idea, meaning there was not enough space for it. This meant that you had to just state the fact, rather than illustrating it. A bit of the 'telling not showing' thing. This is the sort of thing much better handled by a bit of dialogue or an oblique observation, leaving the intellegent reader to infer those facts. In fact I think a lot of the piece suffered from this.
Also it prevented me from getting in to the climbing story, making it too stop/start. Also, it rapidly became very predictable causing me to tail off a bit at the end of each paragraph getting ready for the change.
Re: style again. If you cut out both bits and put them together seperately would you have two strong stories. I suspect with the climbing one you mighht, less so about the baby one. I think both need to be strong.
You go from refering to Mandy's baby to referring to 'our' baby. This is surely one of the most crucial points of the story. Yet I didn't find the event that caused this change in emotion. If it was there, it wasn't strong enough.
I tghink in many ways this might be good enough as an article, but as it is, wouldn't survive as a chapter in a book. It hasn't risen yet. I feel a chapter has to be much much tighter. Eg, some of the stories about Jim and the dancer seemed to be extraneous to the direction of the story. Surely everything should be forcing it along.
Also, I think litereature (as opposed to an article) should be able to exist purely by itself. I think that with saying what the objective was etc relied a bit much on the reader knowing that that was a gnarly thing to be doing. A bit like Nick's use of grades in his story.
Anyway, that's just a few things off the top of me head, and all purely a matter of opinion. Although all 'criticisms', I hope they don't come across negatively. After all I'm sure you don't need me to tell you you're a good writer.
Are you implying you would have bad taste if you thought like that? ;)
Maybe its my dyslexia talking, but I for one like the style.
I agree mr Grimes. I think maybe writing like this - although clever if you can get it right - might be a bit too restrictive. Also if you had a book with every chapter like this it might be a bit hard to dijest. It needs more space to breath prehaps. Some people who turn this one trip into a book, but I'm trying to get it down into a chapter.
sure. good one all the same Andy
The beauty of UKC is that fairly radical pieces of writing can get an airing where the mainstream mags might shy away.
I would never pretend to be in your league in terms of climbing experiences or tales to tell but I've still enjoyed writing the two articles I've had 'published' on UKC. Both were different styles and both had a different theme. A third one was probably too radical in both style and content but that's all part of the game. I suspect that you'd need to be careful about over-reacting to comments and becoming too sanitised. It's worth remembering that 'you can please some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time'........ So you have to please yourself!
> A third one was probably too radical in both style and content but that's all part of the game.
AWB? Not at all. Its on the list.
Sorry I jumped the gun a bit, but I'm glad it's on the list.
Oh no! Now I'll be accused of blatant advertising. Now where did I put thoses BMW keys?
I really enjoyed the way both stories were sequenced, made me want to read ahead on each story but couldn't as i wanted to read both stories.
I would happily see an article such as andy's
replace many lesser articles that appear in climbing magazines. I feel that an article such as andy's is far better at connecting with emotion than an article than some of the waffly (how do you spell that?) articles that appear in climbing magazines on a regular basis.
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