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High Risk

Climbing to Extinction

Brian Hall

High Risk by Brian Hall

Winner of the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2022

Winner of the Himalayan Club Kekoo Naoroji Book Award 2022

The golden age of Himalayan mountaineering, from the mid 1970s to the ‘80s, brought forth a generation of radical young climbers. With tiny budgets and high ambitions they pioneered light and fast Alpine style expeditions on mountains such as Jannu, Nuptse, Everest, and K2.

In High Risk, Brian Hall recalls the outrageous adventures of eleven of his climbing friends who risked, and too often lost, their lives to stand on some of the world’s highest peaks at a turning point in mountaineering history.

RRP: £24.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781913207823
Publication Date: 01/09/2022
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Brian Hall
Climbing exploits worldwide led Brian Hall to become an internationally certified mountain guide who provides extreme location safety and rigging for the film industry. His numerous credits include the BAFTA...


‘A very worthy joint winner of the 2022 Boardman Tasker Award’

UK Climbing, Top books of 2022

‘Dazzling adventures recalled with wisdom and affection.’

Stephen Venables, mountaineer and author

‘A major milestone in Alpine literature.’

John Porter, author of One Day as a Tiger

‘Honest, unflinching but often joyful.’

Outdoor Focus magazine

‘A frank, first hand account of a bold, high-octane generation of British climbers.’

Bernadette McDonald

‘High Risk captures the spirit of an era... Ascents not bettered and hardly equalled since.’

Leo Houlding, climber and adventurer

‘Big characters who loved life close to the edge.’

Ed Douglas, author and climber

‘An absolutely spellbinding read.’

Adele Pennington, mountaineer

‘A riveting insight into a remarkable climbing era.’

Mick Fowler, mountaineer and author

‘This is the best climbing book I have read in many years and I can heartily recommend it.’

Neil Goldsmith, The Rucksack Club

‘An exceptional book.’

David Whalley

‘A master class for every student of writing. ’

Cameron M. Burns, American Alpine Journal

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HIGH RISK by Brian Hall wins the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2022.

On Friday 19th November at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Brian Hall’s HIGH RISK: Climbing to Extinction, published by Highland based publisher Sandstone Press, was awarded the Boardman Tasker prize...

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High Risk shortlisted for Boardman Tasker Award

High Risk by mountaineer and filmmaker Brian Hall has been shortlisted for the 2022 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature. High Risk is Brian’s first book, reflecting on the outrageous...