One Day as A Tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism
Shortlisted for Boardman Tasker Prize (one of five)
NEWS UPDATE 28/08/15: The shortlist for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature has been announced. The winner will be announced at the awards event on Friday 20th November at Kendal Mountain Festival, tickets for which go on sale very soon www.boardmantasker.com/award/
I would like to introduce Rohantime readers to John Porters new book, published by Vertebrate Publishing.
John Porter’s account of British mountaineer Alex MacIntyre’s life is only the second mountaineering book to gain the accolade in the 13 years of the awards.
A fantastic account of the progress of British Alpinism, the people, their hopes, struggle and aspirations and a tremendous record of one mans part in it all. It also documents a lot of early Rohan History in the garments.
The book is a very special and detailed memoir of Alex MacIntyre by John Porter, his friend.
It records a period of mountaineering history at its best and saddest.
Alex spent time with Paul and myself when Rohan was in Skipton. He worked on developing the Windlord garments with us. A number of the photos in the book document Alex in Windlord. During the early Rohan years the influences that Alec and the other Alpinist brought to the early Rohan garments underpinned Rohan design in the 1970’s and 80’s.. We made the garments for them. Their feedback was fundamental to the development of early Rohan. Both in design and fabric choices.
In October 1982 when Alex was 28 years old a single deadly stone fell from high on the south face of Annapurna and struck Alex on the head, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents. Read the book.
There is now a memorial stone for Alex at Annapurna base camp with a inscription that reads: ‘Better to live one day as a tiger than to live a thousand as a sheep.’
For me this was a trip down memory lane. So many names, never forgotten. Their achievements refreshed in my memory. The book is a relaxed and enjoyable read. I am sure it will become a treasured record of one mans tremendous contribution to mountaineering history and the backdrop of the time.
A big thank you to John. It is a great read.
My Outdoors has just reviewed the book – One day as a tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism – Reviewed