One Man s Mountains is a tribute to the man, a celebration and memorial at the same time Published shortly after his death, and quickly established as a classic of mountaineering literature, it combines the finest of his prose writing with his witty satire and much sought after songsPatey s droll, dry humor approach to stories of first ascents in Scotland, Norway, the Alps, and the Himalayas capture his huge enthusiasm for life and climbing His experiences and philosophies are universal, ensuring this will remain a mountaineering favoriteTom Patey was killed in Mayrappelling from a sea stack off the north coast of Scotland His premature death marked the loss of one of Britain s most charismatic and brilliant climbers


10 thoughts on “One Man's Mountains

  1. Julian Walker Julian Walker says:

    A collection of articles which brilliantly evoke an age of amateur climbing, when new techniques were being discovered and new routes and summits were being achieved.Published after the author s fatal climbing accident, his witty and observational descriptions of people and climbs really brings them alive His modest approach belies his true skills both as a mountaineer and a writer and who knows what further successes he might have gone on to achieve Mountain climbing at its most raw and ad A collection of articles which brilliantly evoke an age of amateur climbing, when new techniques were being discovered and new routes and summits were being achieved.Published after the author s fatal climbing accident, his witty and observational descriptions of people and climbs really brings them alive His modest approach belies his true skills both as a mountaineer and a writer and who knows what further successes he might have gone on to achieve Mountain climbing at its most raw and adventurous a superb read


  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    If you re of a certain age and have been addicted to armchair mountaineering books, this one is outstanding The Scottish British, Alps, early Himalayan climbing scene starting in postwar period through early 70 s Tom Patey was apparently an extremely skilled climber climbed with Joe Brown, Chris Bonington, Royal Robbins, and the like , besides being very funny writer I could relate to the early 1950 s equipment and philosophical differences having hung out with rock climber types in Bould If you re of a certain age and have been addicted to armchair mountaineering books, this one is outstanding The Scottish British, Alps, early Himalayan climbing scene starting in postwar period through early 70 s Tom Patey was apparently an extremely skilled climber climbed with Joe Brown, Chris Bonington, Royal Robbins, and the like , besides being very funny writer I could relate to the early 1950 s equipment and philosophical differences having hung out with rock climber types in Boulder