- Biography of the Year – Shortlisted
John Porter was born in Massachusetts and started climbing at the age of twelve. He moved to the UK in the early 1970s to do postgraduate work at Leeds University where he joined a team of climbers dedicated to clean ethics, alpine-style and the fostering of international partnerships. Over a period of fifty-five years, he went on to tackle major climbs around the world, including routes on Everest, K2 and Changabang.
John now lives in the Cumbrian Lake District and works as a consultant in the energy sector. He is a vice president of the Alpine Club and has previously been a vice president of the British Mountaineering Council and secretary to the Mountain Heritage Trust.