Award-winning Alpinist, Mountaineer, Climber and Author |
We are delighted to announce that one of the most renowned and successful mountaineers on the planet – Mick Fowler will headline Killarney Mountain Festival 2019 Adventure speaker programme!!!
Mick Fowler is a true living legend in the high risk game of pioneering new difficult routes on some of the worlds most remote and highest mountains.
He has been a leading figure in the climbing world for over 40 years. In the UK he is renowned as a leading adventure climber with numerous ground breaking first ascents on chalk, shale, London drainpipes and other cliffs not previously viewed as suitable for climbing. Throughout the 1980s and 90s he was a leading pioneer of Scottish winter climbing, his record being 11 consecutive weekends from London. He was the first ascensionist of the first Scottish winter climb to be graded VI and some of the first rock climbs in the UK to be graded E6.In mountaineering terms he has been a regular expedition climber since 1982, specialising in technically challenging, eye catching lines on peaks between 6000m and 7000m. His first ascents now include celebrated lines in Peru, India, Yukon, Tibet, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Nepal, Russia and Pakistan. He was voted the Mountaineers’ Mountaineer in the Observer newspaper, has won three Piolet d’Or awards (the Oscars of the mountaineering world) and was awarded the King Albert Medal for mountain achievement in 2012. He has written two books about his climbs and won several literary awards including the John Whyte Award at the Banff Mountain Festival in Canada, the Best Book prize at the Bormio Mountain Festival in Italy and the Grand Prix at the Passy Book Festival in France. In Mick’s latest book No Easy Way, his third volume of climbing memoirs following Vertical Pleasure and On Thin Ice, Fowler recounts a series of expeditions to stunning mountains in China, India, Nepal and Tibet. Alongside partners including Paul Ramsden, Dave Turnbull, Andy Cave and Victor Saunders, he attempts striking, technically challenging unclimbed lines on Shiva, Gave Ding and Mugu Chuli – with a number of ascents winning prestigious Piolets d’Or, the Oscars of the mountaineering world. Date: Fri 8th March 2019 Time: 20.00 – 21:30 GMT