/ REVIEW: Andy Kirkpatrick's Psychovertical by Niall Grimes
"Death is Kirkpatrick's currency, and he spends it like there's no tomorrow. On every page, just about, you will find the words 'death', 'dying', 'dead', or 'killed'..."
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Very funny picture as well (I'm sure Layton kor would also find it funny).
Although his stack does look horribly loose in parts, to my eye.
I liked it - pretty much agree with Grimes. Good to know that it's not only the rest of us mortal climbers who get shit-scared and f*ck-up occassionally. ;)
> I liked it - pretty much agree with Grimes. Good to know that it's not only the rest of us mortal climbers who get shit-scared and f*ck-up occassionally. ;)
Spot on, made me feel a lot better about some of my less glorious escapades.
Put a lot of other things into perspective too.
Good one Andy, looking forward to hearing about your next adventures,as always.
I was worried that having read Andy's work from his first magazine works, and owning Solid Air, I might find it repetitive but that is minimal. I like the lack of resolution - I don't climb particularly dangerous or hard routes, but there is some danger in all climbing, and I love my family - and I have no way of resolving the two. I noted in a recent blog entry Andy listed things he has to balance in life - and the list included a girlfriend and an ex-wife, so sadly perhaps there isn't a good resolution.
I thought Andy was originally Hull's fourth-best Mountaineer. Has one of them died?
Reading this at the moment and will confess to struggling a bit with the structure. It is an interesting ploy to split things up this way but I can't quite see the connections, perhaps there isn't one. I have been tempted to read every other chapter to get Reticent done and dusted then go back and read the rest of the story. I will try to stick with reading it as intended by AK, at least the first time.
The stories are excellent and quite evocative raising to the surface old memories of incompetence. I love the old school approach to climbing and maybe the book should be a standard reference to be quoted to anyone starting out.
I enjoyed the book, gobbled it up in about 2 days flat! I thought the structure worked because it emphasised the being pulled between family and climbing. Fw(little)iw, it's given my mojo a nudge back in my direction (been absent a while), as it's reawoken a keenness to continue exploring my own relationship with climbing on my own punterish level.
Cheers for a good read, Andy!
Andy I saw your talk in st Albans on a snowy night last year bought your book and loved it so much i had to take the following day of work to finnish reading it, can't stop recomending it to my outdoory friends,
Saw Andy do one of his talks and wasnt that impressed. I didnt know who he was or what he had done and thought he just tryingto be funny, making out how much he suffered and how hard he was.
But then read the book and thought it superb (apart from the story jumping from one chapter to the next)One of those books I couldnt put down. I wish I had read the book before seeing him talk.
I must admit dissapointment. When I tried deconstructing the text all I got was alphabetti spaghetti swimming in what looked like tomato sauce. I then tried an interconnections map (it helped for Ulysses) and the resulting sketch looked decidedly like a lingam.
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