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Unjustifiable Risk?

Cicerone are delighted to announce that Unjustifiable Risk? The Story of British Climbing has been shortlisted for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature.



Unjustifiable Risk? tells the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of those that have shaped its development. 

It’s the first attempt for several decades to compress nearly two hundred years of British rock climbing and mountaineering history, at home and abroad, into a single volume.

Author Simon Thompson says:

‘I am delighted that Unjustifiable Risk? has been shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award. While I was struggling to climb my first gritstone VS on Stanage, Peter Boardman was on the south west face of Everest and Joe Tasker was climbing Dunagiri. Their climbs and their books, especially Savage Arena and The Shining Mountain, were an inspiration to me as a young climber....

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