“Andy is one of the funniest of Britains top climbers and represents what is best in modern British climbing: boldness, innovation, sense of humour, irreverence, commitment, and an appetite for risk.”
Sir Chris Bonington CBE
The US magazine Climbing once described Andy as a climber with a “strange penchant for the long, the cold and the difficult”.
Andy’s aid-climbing achievements are impressive, with 24 ascents of El Capitan under his belt, including three solo ascents, one of which was the hardest solo ascent by a Brit, Reticent Wall. He has also climbed El Capitan with paraplegic athlete Karen Darke, and has raised money and awareness through ascents of El Cap with handicapped people.
Andy recently climbed a new route on the stunning rock tower Ulvertanna in Antartica over 14 days. He also made the first winter ascent of the Troll Wall in Norway, Europe’s hardest and highest big wall; the second ascent (in winter) of the hardest big wall in the European Alps over 15 days (Lafaille route, Petit Dru, Mont Blanc); and attempted the first winter ascent of Torre Egger in Patagonia which he made the award winning film Patagonian Winter.
He is also the author of two best selling and award winning books, Psychovertical and Cold Wars.
5.30pm Saturday 18 Oct, Paddy Pallin Stage
Tall tales of adventure, category 2 fun and madness from Yosemite, Norway and Antarctica.
Andy is also a comedian and at this years festival his harrowing tales of adventure and misadventure will no doubt, be spiced up with his unique comic approach. Dont miss this!
Andy will also be a panelist for the Hot Topic seminar on adventuring and climbing (10.30am Sunday), and will be running an aid climbing and big wall workshop (Sunday 2pm). To see some of Andys crazy climbing exploits, dont forget to catch him in the film Patagonian Winter screening at this years festival.