Andy Kirkpatrick

MONTANE is proud to sponsor leading British Climber Andy Kirkpatrick.

The US magazine Climbing once described Andy as a climber with a “strange penchant for the long, the cold and the difficult”, with a reputation “for seeking out routes where the danger is real, and the return is questionable, pushing himself on some of the hardest walls and faces in the Alps and beyond, sometimes with partners and sometimes alone.

More succinctly, Metro magazine claims that he “makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton”.

Andy\'s speciality is big wall climbing and winter expeditions, which involves pitting himself against a vertical climbs of over 1000 metres often in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees. Andy has scaled Yosemite\'s El Capitan - one of the hardest walls in America - over eighteen times, including three solo ascents and a one day ascent (18h). One of these ascents was a 12 day solo of the Reticent Wall, viewed at the time as perhaps the hardest climb of its type in the world, and the subject of his award winning book Psychovertical.

For more information on Andy, see his website http://andy-kirkpatrick.com/

Portrait photograph of Andy courtesy of Martin Hartley www.martinhartley.com