Heck! Thanks for the kind words Nigel (above) and sn, appreciated greatly. So glad you enjoyed the read. Pretty pictures and well done Vertebrate for the production.
Doubtless I'll be in for trouble when Vertigo's owners read it. Sacked probably, Ooops!
Ta for the promo.
The slate pic is 2nd Ascent of JR's Manic Strain in Vivian Quarry though and the other pics are by Glenn Robbins.
Many, many thanks to those who've purchased the book ... took a heck of a lot of effort and plenty of assistance from Andy Boorman and Vertebrate. 'Different' isn't it?
Very happy with my signed copy. Easily the most open and revealing account of a climbers extraordinary life! One moment fingers holding onto a tiny edge above some of Wales most gripping tests and then next getting wasted in the pub with the rest of us! A complex yet ACCESSable character.
A bold book..............
Andy, I was at Pen Trwyn when you were belaying a mate on The Screw Machine. He took a massive pisser when he fell off right at the top, on that tricky move at the horizontal break. Ripped a wire and ended up not that far off the ground!
In reply to Willi Crater:
Thanks - to all above, appreciated greatly.
Couldn't agree more Willi, hope you enjoy the read.
Ste Mac's is a brilliant read. What a star climber ... but moreso an open and honest autobiog. Respect!
Never met Steve and funny to think he drove virtually right past my front door, kicked 'Punks' right up the ar*e in a day - still the fastest ascent? - and drove back past the next day. Never stopped in for a brew & chat though ...!
Hitch-hiking eh ...... ? Similar tales. Must be the dashing good looks!
In reply to AP Melbourne: I remember giving you a ride to North Wales in the Green Goddess (my old Cavalier) when you had plans for some big nasty lead on Gogarth (The Bells?) and was pleased to see you were there for the lift back on the Sunday evening
I think me and Parky did something mildly heroic on Cloggy.
Nice one Chris,
Yes, remember the old Green Goddess - and the stereo you sold me ... warmest sound ever that!
Reckon the lift was for H-Man as went with Bernard for The Bells ...
No offense for the 'Free that ...' mention BTW. Thing is, were it not for aid climbing 'us lot' may not have had the challenges we did eh?
In reply to Gary Gibson: Thanks Gary, means a lot that.
Yeah, fantastic days indeed.
What did I say? You did 345 new routes for every one I did? Or something like that. Sorry if I undersold you old bean.
Only two copies left now out of 150 I imported ... can't complain.
When will you write yours Gary?
In reply to AP Melbourne: Hi Andy, the only concern I have is would anybody be interested? I have plotted it out and thought about calling the last chapter Never to look back, a carthartic look back on my exploits, the whys, the wherefores and some honest reflections. And there are plenty of stories to tell. But work gets in the way at the moment, which should hopefully change next year. Also have to find a publisher if I do decide to do it.
Gary, we're all interested! When you've got some time, just do it. I'm sure Vertebrate would be up for it. And (as I've said before) 'Never to Look Back' just has to be used. It's a great route too - seems to sum up Cheedale.
Read this on a recent trip to the South of France and really, really enjoyed it Andy! Its brilliant and has loads of character and interesting stories that I (most of us?) had never heard!
Thought the pics were some of the best I've seen in a climbing book too!
Thanks for a great read!
Nicole kerr22 May 2016
In reply to AP Melbourne: Brilliant read. Great memories. Dead honest & heaps of laughs as well. Cheeky from day 1, page 1. Who would have thought that you could write so brilliantly. You may not be on the rock any more but you still rock. Best read I've had in a long time. Ta
Have ordered the book and look forward to reading it. I remember meeting you at Gogarth once. You gave me some advice on Blue Peter (crucial RP4 required). I spent the entire ascent trying to cram it into every placement I could see, but found the right place in the end. Thanks again.