"Alison Hargreaves was undoubtedly the finest woman mountaineer we've ever produced." - Sir Chris Bonington
"Alison was a great climber, regardless of gender. She was more talented and capable than most, which is witnessed by her success in the mountains. Perhaps her ambition burned too hot. Some were put off by that, others insist it killed her. However, the possibility exists that it was her desire to provide a good living for her family that drove her to Everest and K2 in such quick succession. We can't know. The ascent of Kantega with her was an important turning point in my climbing career, and my life. I am happy to have shared it with her." - Mark Twight
"Alison had huge ability and determination and if she hadn't been caught in the storm on the summit push for K2, I believe she had a very good chance of completing her objective of climbing Everest, K2 and Kanch that year." - Chris BoningtonTwo survivors of the storm, Lorenzo Ortas and Pepe Garces, who stayed at Camp 4 whilst others pushed for the summit, reported seeing Alison's clothing and harness, blown from her by hurricane force winds, as they descended back to Camp 3 in an epic retreat of their own.
"While I was filming at K2 I found a body on the glacier below the mountain. I found a roll of film on the body and after processing I discovered I had found the body of Rob Slater. Rob was climbing with Alison and, taking pictures of her. The pictures I have are the last pictures of Alison and she is on the shoulder of K2." - David RasmussenEditor's Note: Rob Slater's historical photographs, found and developed by David, are shown here. The scratches and damage to the images are authentic, and we have chosen not to recolour or manipulate these images in any way. They are likely the last record of Alison's life.
"Even for the most experienced Alpinist, soloing the 6 north faces in winter in their lifetime would be an amazing achievement. For Tom Ballard to do them in one season, and doing some of them onsight - having seemingly come out of nowhere - is incredible. It must be one of the proudest British achievements in European Alpinism in a very long time." - Jon Griffith