Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman, two of the finest mountaineers in the world, disappeared high on the North East Ridge of Everest, 35 years ago today. They defined what was possible with a bold, light, and fast approach to some of the most difficult mountain faces in the world. The pair were also writers, and a trust set up in their memory, by their family and friends, established the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature. The quality of the writing that Joe and Pete left behind was so high that the esteemed judging panel of the Award failed to award the prize in its first year (1983), as it was considered that none of that years entries exceeded the literary quality of their legacy. Over the last 30+ years the Award has been presented to some of the finest work of the genre ever written. The Boardman Tasker Omnibus (Contents: Savage Arena (Tasker, 1982), The Shining Mountain (Boardman, 1978), Sacred Summits (Boardman, 1982), Everest the Cruel Way (Tasker, 1981) was hugely inspirational in my childhood and remains one of the most read books on my shelf. Through a decade long association with @vertebrate_publishing i’ve been lucky enough to read and review many of the nominated entries for the award, including the 2016 winner ‘The Bond’ by Simon McCartney. A book which several reviewers considered to be the stand out alpine mountaineering book of the century, and one which upholds the very very high standards that Joe and Pete set themselves as both climbers and writers.

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