Up and About: the Hard Road to Everest, the first book in a two-volume autobiography by British mountaineer Doug Scott, has won the Himalayan Club’s prestigious Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature which will be presented to Doug Scott on 18 February 2017 in Mumbai.
The win follows two other major nominations for Vertebrate Publishing books: mountaineering narrative The Bond by Hong Kong businessman Simon McCartney and Wild Country, the autobiography of Wild Country founder Mark Vallance have both been shortlisted for the 2016 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature.
You can find out more at Vertebrate Publishing here:
Steve Venables is planning a return to the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2018. This will be similar to the 2013 and 2016 trips he ran, which were both a hugely enjoyable mix of sailing, wildlife watching, sea kayaking, museum visiting, skiing and climbing, with some of the most exquisite sunsets he has ever seen, enhanced no doubt by their sailing vessel's (Pelagic Australis) generous standards of wining and dining.
Pelagic Australis charters to the Antarctic Peninsula are extremely popular and in order to secure the January 2018 slot Steve needs at least three of four people to commit very soon.
OK, we're off... Tickets are now on sale at Stanfords shop and online and brochures are in the post. All the details are, of course, on our website. We're really looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks time.
You'll know that we ask you to complete your contact details on the back of the tickets. This means we can keep our records up to date and, in return, each ticket is an entry into our end of season prize draw. This year, for reasons I won't elaborate, we blundered and the back of our tickets are blank. We're trying to remedy this but in the meanwhile, please just write your name, email address and postal address on the back of the ticket. (There's lots of space so, hopefully, you won't have to compress your writing so much that I can't read it...). If you are already on our mailing list and there has been no change in your details, just write your name and postcode.
We're nearly there... The tickets have been printed and are heading for London to be available for the online sales; the brochures are in envelopes and about to be posted out; the website is almost ready to switch over to 'Tickets onsale now'.
Full details of our programme this year are already on the site so please check it out, put the relevant dates in your diary and get ready to go.
One of our Wilderness Award applicants, Gary Seabrook, has had to defer the long distance bike ride that was the focus of his application. Instead, he's going to use the time to raise money for Surfers Against Sewage, which works tirelessly to keep our coastline free of waste, by walking the Camino de Santiago. If you want to support him and his excellent cause, you can donate here:
Someone called Gemma has just emailed me via our website to ask about our Award but didn't give me her email address, so I can't reply. If you are reading this, Gemma, go to About Us then the Wilderness Award page - you'll find the guidelines and application form there.