The Blind Man of Hoy

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9781910124222
 
At thirteen Red Szell watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the Old Man of Hoy. Soon he was tackling his first crags. At nineteen he learned he was going blind. Twenty years later, with the help of mountain guides Martin Moran, Nick Carter and adventure cameraman Keith Partridge, Red set out to confront the Orcadian giant.
'From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds. That was in 1983 when I was thirteen. Within months I was tackling my first crags and dreaming of standing atop Europe's tallest sea stack with the Atlantic pounding 450 feet below. Those dreams went dark at nineteen when I learned I was going blind. I hung up my harness for twenty years and tried to ignore the twinge of desire I felt every time The Old Man appeared on TV.' Middle aged, by now a family man, crime novelist and occasional radio personality, Red Szell's life nonetheless felt incomplete. He was still climbing, but only indoors until he shared his old, unforgotten, dream with his buddies, Matthew and Andres, and it became obvious that an attempt had to be made. With the help of mountain guides Martin Moran and Nick Carter, and adventure cameraman Keith Partridge, supported by family and an ever growing following, Red set out to confront the Orcadian giant.
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Weight 0.273000
Author Szell, Red
Availability IP
Department Outdoor Pursuits
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781910124222
Pages 320
Published 16/04/2015
Publisher Sandstone Press
Section Climbing
Size Unfolded 20x13cm
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