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Alpinist, Mountaineer, Climber and Author |
Nick Bullock is responsible for a host of new routes including Lost in the Dark enchainment with The Right Hand Pillar of Frené, (ED 2 on the Grande Pillar de Angle); the first free ascent and the first British ascent of Omega, (ED3, VIII/8 on The Petites Jorasses); and Border Line, a new 5 pitch start to the Brown/Patey (ED3, VII/8 on The Sans Nom).
His expeditions have taken him around the world, and have led to several first ascents. Highlights include the first British ascent of Slovak Direct, Denali South Face, (Grade VI, WI6, M6+, A2, 2700m); and Central Pillar of Chang Himal North Face (ED, M6, 1800m), for which he was nominated for the Piolets d Or award.
Nick Bullock is succinctly summed up in his Twitter bio as a ‘Mountaineer. Climber. Writer. Author. Prison PE Officer Escapee. NOT an adventurer.’
His first book Echoes – shortlisted for the 2013 Boardman Tasker prize – follows Nick’s ‘hard road to freedom’ as he leaves behind a career in the prison service for a nomadic life in the mountains. Introspective and candid in his writing, Nick weaves tales of violent prison episodes with life or death situations on remote climbs to blur the lines between life inside and outside.
Nick’s upcoming book Tides is a memoir that focuses on the highs and lows of a life lived both through and for climbing. Once again, Nick adds depth to his writing by reflecting deeply on the motivations behind his actions; drawing on his upbringing, personal relationships and influential encounters with some of the world’s top climbers. Having won the ‘Best Mountaineering Article’ prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Book competition last year for his Alpinist essay ‘Threshold Shift’, Nick’s writing skills are starting to attract similar recognition to that afforded to his bold first ascents in the mountains – notably his Piolet d’Or awarded for the first ascent of the North Buttress of Nyainqentangla South East in Tibet alongside Paul Ramsden in 2016.
Nicks forthright, matter of fact attitude to life and all its highs and lows is captivating as well as hugely entertaining and his talks reflect this to the core and will leave you hugely inspired and psyched for your own achievable mountain adventures.