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"Since I was 10 all I wanted to do was to climb. Even before I was born I climbed the North Face of the Eiger. So I think it’s not much a surprise what I do now."

Tom and Daniele Nardi on Nanga Parbat


TOM BALLARD 1988 - 2019

Tragically Tom lost his life along with Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi while attempting a first ascent of the Mummery Spur on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan in February 2019, we keep his profile active now to celebrate his life and achievements. 

Tom Ballard was born in the Peak District of England in 1988 before moving to the Highlands of Scotland in 1995. Here he went to school in the sight and smell of Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis 4406 ft. He has never had any other wish or thought than to be a climber. What set him apart was the pure enjoyment and satisfaction he found in being on his own. From boulders to alpine faces, he enjoyed it all. He was at his most content and happiest in solo alpinism. Although mixed climbing ran a close second. A creative climber he gained satisfaction in either creating new routes or making free ascents of climbs that formerly used aid. He was considered to be one of the best climbers in the world.

 

Tom and Daniele Nardi on Nanga Parbat


ABOUT TOM

  The winter of 2014/15 saw him attempt to solo the six great Alpine north faces, so eloquently defined in Rebuffat's ''Starlight and Strom''. He started with the Comici with the Constantini finish on the Cima Grande, had a windy time on the Matterhorns Schmid and a cold time on the Badile's Cassin. Inspired on-sighting put away the McIntyre-Colton on the Grandes Jorasses whilst his eight hours on the Dru's Allain turned Chamonix heads when it turned out to be the first winter solo. Feeling more dead than alive he rounded off his sextet with perhaps the most iconic of all North faces with the 1938 route on the Eiger. Messner was so moved by his style and ethics that he generously said that he had thought that modern alpinism was moribund. Now he could look forward with good heart as it was alive and well - in the guise of Tom Ballard. 

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EXPEDITIONS AND ARTICLES

 

2019

Nanga Parbat

 

2018

Cerro Torre AKA 'Patagonia Horizontal'

NOPHOBIA

 

2017

How to Be An Alien

 

2016

A Line Above The Sky


GALLERY

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