Anyone following this blog will have noticed that I focus on foreign countries, foreign mountaineers, and foreign destinations A LOT… As much as I love my country, this bias towards faraway lands has a reason. When you live abroad, horizons open up, cultures are mingled and your imagination knows no boundaries. Bear this in mind.
My job as a translator grants me journeys into the minds of the most disparate authors. Andy Kirkpatrick’s second book, the Boardman Tasker Prize winner Cold Wars (published by Vertebrate Publishing, which I translated into Italian, Sulla linea del rischio) was a superb journey indeed. I cherished every single page.
Not only is Andy, quite bluntly, fearless and brash, but he also puts himself in frantic and desperate situations, still managing to keep the spirits high. I am sure many can identify with him…
In this sequel to Psychovertical (English version here ) we see him climbing the Lafaille route on the Dru, having “fun” on Fitz Roy, battling on the Troll Wall and even keeping an eye on Johnny Depp. Andy is self-effacing and explains the extent to which climbing influences his life and his relationship with the others.
Intrigued? You’d better be! This is a compelling read.
Sulla linea del rischio is published by Versante Sud
More on Andy Kirkpatrick here
All pictures © Andy Kirkpatrick, save for the cover of the Italian version, © Versante Sud, and the following picture © Ian Parnell