Preface; Introduction; Illustrations; 1: Climbing, Expeditions and Adventures; 1.1 The Land of Green Ginger; 1.2 High Marks; 1.3 Broken; 1.4 Boys Don't Cry; 1.5 Forces; 1.6 Lessons; 1.7 The Troll's Gift; 1.8 Queen Maud Land; 1.9 Celebrity Abuse; 1.10 Edge of Myself; 1.11 Pizza; 1.12 No Better Knot; Bad Poetry: The Mountain; 2: Looking On; 2.13 Imperfect Brother; 2.14 A Crying Girl; 2.15 Chongo by the Power; 2.16 Long Runs the Fox; 3: Gear and Technique; 3.17 Life at Retail; 3.18 A Mile Further Down the Road; Bad Poetry: Winter; 4: Life, Death and In-between; 4.19 The Haunted Cliff; 4.20 A Piece of Wood; 4.21 Until it Hurts no More; 4.22 The Boat; 4.23 Everest Sucking on the Barrel; 4.24 Words Like Morphine; 4.25 She Walks Away; 4.26 The Artist; 4.27 Rabbit Stories; 4.28 After Her; Bad Poetry: POLY WALL; 5: Unidentifiable; 5.29 Roger Godfrin; 5.30 How Does a Clock Tick?; 5.31 Learned Helplessness; 5.32 Dog; Epilogue: What I've Learned; Notes; Acknowledgements.
Andy Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author and climber. With a reputation for seeking out routes where the danger is real and the return questionable, he has pushed himself on some of the hardest walls and faces around the world. He was born and raised on a council estate in Hull, one of the UK's flattest cities, and suffered from severe dyslexia which went undiagnosed until he was nineteen. Thriving on this apparent adversity, Andy transformed himself into one of the world's most driven and accomplished climbers and an award-winning writer. In 2001 he undertook an eleven-day solo ascent of the Reticent Wall on El Capitan, Yosemite, one of the hardest solo climbs in the world. This climb was the central theme of his first book Psychovertical, which won the 2008 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. His second book, Cold Wars, won the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize. In 2014 he partnered BBC One's The One Show presenter Alex Jones as she climbed Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park in aid of Sport Relief. Andy lives in Ireland with his wife Vanessa.