NEW BOOK: Andy Kirkpatrick's Cold Wars

Cold Wars is the much-anticipated sequel to Andy Kirkpatrick's debut book Psychovertical, winner of the 2008 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Psychovertical was a book about a man who is struggling: against the wall, against himself, but who wins through. The story is a hundred thousand word answer to the question: "Why do you climb?"

Cold Wars asks a different question: "What is the price?"

Cold Wars Book Cover
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Ian Parnell cleaning an A4 pitch in Scottish conditions on the Lafaille Route., 202 kb
Ian Parnell cleaning an A4 pitch in Scottish conditions on the Lafaille Route.
© Andy Kirkpatrick/Vertebrate Publishing

"I was aware that I was cold – beyond cold. I was a lump of meat left for too long in a freezer, a body trapped beneath the ice, sinking down into the dark. I was freezing to death."

In this brilliant sequel to his award-winning debut Psychovertical, mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick has achieved his life's ambition to become one of the world's leading climbers. Pushing himself to new extremes, he embarks on his toughest climbs yet – on big walls in the Alps and Patagonia – in the depths of winter.

Kirkpatrick has more success, but the savagery and danger of these encounters comes at huge personal cost. Questioning his commitment to his chosen craft, Kirkpatrick is torn between family life and the dangerous path he has chosen. Written with his trademark wit and honesty, Cold Wars is a gripping account of modern adventure.

Cold Wars will be published by Vertebrate Publishing on 1 October.

Signed copies are available to pre-order now.

Don't look down. Alone on the Troll Wall. , 181 kb
Don't look down. Alone on the Troll Wall.
© Andy Kirkpatrick/Vertebrate Publishing

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