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Waymaking // Book Review

‘I stare into the void encountered at the edge of a cliff. At first I am overtaken by a sinking sensation and then by the horrifying, irrational urge to jump’ Taken from Tara Kramer in Lost in light. Waymaking is a beautifully anthology of short stories, poetry,...

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Adventurous Waymaking Women

Kickstarter campaign launched for new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art: Waymaking   Vertebrate Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to build awareness about a new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art titled Waymaking. The book will be released this October in...

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Training Book Review // Gimme Kraft

Do you enjoy climbing but want to develop further skills and strength but don’t really know where to start? Gimme Kraft by Patrick Matros, Ludwig “Dicki” Korb and Hannes Huch is a comprehensive guide to getting fitter and stronger for all types of climbing.

“How do I get stronger?… train most efficiently?…what exercises make the most sense?” are questions set out in the introduction. These questions are readily answered in a compact, enjoyable and motivating training manual.

Itching to Climb // Barbara James // Book Review

itching to climb Barbara JamesItching to Climb, by Barbara James, is a book unlike any other I've read. It's a non fiction, autobiographical book, a copy of which I found adorning the shelf of a lovely second hand bookshop in Caernarfon whilst visiting on a rainy day of a mountaineering club weekend. The story recounts the progress of this highly adventurous woman through life, talking though her jobs, one of which was as the first and only female civilian instructor with the British army, through her relationships and through family life. 

Image from the front of the book Savage Summit, by Jennifer Jordan
Savage Summit // Book Review
Savage Summit // Author Jennifer Jordan.   This book is sensational.  For anyone interested in the history of high altitude climbing or in pushing themselves further in any area of life it's a must read book.  Savage Summit tells the story of K2, the killer mountain, and it's relationship with the first five women who achieved the accolade of reaching its peak.
Women to summit K2 - first five ascents 
  1. Wanda Rutkiewicz   23. June 1986
  2. Lillian Berrard   23. June 1986
  3. Julie Tullis   10. August 1986
  4. Chantal Maudit   3. August 1992
  5. Alison Hargeaves   13. August 1995

Savage Summit charts the lives of these five remarkable mountaineers.  To say it is compelling is an understatement.  I couldn't put it down.

Book Review // One Green Bottle // by Elizabeth Coxhead

By Katy Stocks // One Green Bottle is possibly one of the most iconic novels about rock-climbing ever written. The novel’s heroine, 18-year old Cathy Canning, is living and working in the working-class slums of post-War Birkenhead when a chance meeting with a rock-climber leads to her first foray into the mountains of North Wales. Propelled by natural talent, gutsy determination and a fierce love of the mountains, Cathy soon becomes the ‘diva’ of a small community of rock-climbers based around a fictional youth hostel in North Wales.

One Green Bottle

Space below my feet - Gwen Moffat: Book Review

gwen moffatt imageGwen Moffat's direct and impassive writing has accompanied me all the way to the alps and back.  Now, having finished the book, I feel quite bereft, but equally uplifted and inspired by this wonderful woman's unpretentious record of her feats of climbing and living, from just after the war in 1945, through to the 1960's.

gwen moffatt climbingHer frugal writing seems to mirror the nature of her lifestyle, deserting the Land Army and travelling the country from Cornwall to Skye often with little more than a sleeping bag for company.  She lived a humble existence, sleeping in barns, under trees and next to rivers in all weathers, sometimes not eating for a few days at a time, whilst gradually building up a brilliant portfolio of climbing experience.  

Katy Stocks // Interview

Katy Stocks is a collector and researcher of women’s mountaineering literature.  Her passion for women’s mountaineering writing has led to a 25 year endeavour to catalogue Women’s Mountaineering literature across the globe.  Katy’s work is an inspiration and she hopes to encourage more women to write stories, short and long, as well as poetry and biographies of the mountains, their people and the exploits.  Katy has given over her list to you and I to use as a guide and motivator to read more and write more.  

The History of Women and Mountaineering...

Katy Stocks is a collector and researcher of women's mountaineering literature.

A shelf full of women's mountaineering literature... a delight to see.

A shelf full of women's mountaineering literature... a delight to see.

Her passion for women's mountaineering writing has led to a 25 year endeavour to catalogue Women's Mountaineering literature across the globe.  Katy's work is an inspiration and she hopes to encourage more women to write stories, short and long, as well as poetry and biographies of the mountains, their people and the exploits.