- Illustrated Book of the Year – Shortlisted
Cut Alan Hinkes in half and you will find ‘Mountain Climber’ written there; it is his way of life. From an early age in Yorkshire he felt a deep attraction to hilly landscapes, which soon developed into a fascination with mountains and rock climbing. His first summit was Helvellyn in the English Lake District, and he soon progressed to climbing in Scotland and the Alps.
In order to indulge his lifelong passion for mountains, Alan resigned from his former profession as a teacher to become an International Mountain Guide in the mid 1980s. It was also at this time that he began to climb in the Himalaya, where 6000m summits gradually progressed to the 8000m climbs recounted in this book.
Alan completed this gargantuan challenge unscathed by illness or injury, and now continues to climb and lead expeditions all over the world, returning to his home in Yorkshire whenever he can.