It's been several years in the making, but Statement: The Ben Moon Story is now ready for its official release on 2 March 2015. Penned by award-winning writer Ed Douglas, Statement gives a unique insight into the life of one of climbing's biggest legends.
‘Ever since I first set foot on rock, climbing has been the most important thing in my life. In fact I would go so far as to say it is my reason for living ... it is from climbing I draw my inspiration for life.’
– Ben Moon
On 14 June 1990, at Raven Tor in the Peak District, twenty-four-year-old Ben Moon squeezed his feet into a pair of rock shoes, tied in to his rope, chalked his fingers and pulled on to the wickedly overhanging, zebra-striped wall of limestone. Two minutes later he had made rock-climbing history with the first ascent of Hubble, now widely recognised as the world’s first F9a.
Born in London in 1966 to a teacher and a leading abstract artist, Moon started rock climbing on the sandstone outcrops of Kent and Sussex. A pioneer in the sport-climbing revolution of the 1980s and a bouldering legend in the 1990s, he is one of the most iconic rock climbers in the sport’s history.
Combining interviews with Ben, diary extracts, insights from friends and family, and previously unpublished photos, this book is an eye-opening account of an outstanding climber and a legendary era in the sport's development.