Through the lives of legendary climbers and mountaineers, Mountain Heroes presents an epic account of endurance, enterprise, heroism and fellowship in the wildest of places. Come face to face with those who have spent their lives at altitude: explorers and pioneering travellers, intrepid ice climbers and extreme skiers, ecologists, photographers and film-makers. The weathered faces of black and white portraiture from the world's great collections are displayed alongside modern photographs by a group of leading adventure photographers such as Glen Denny, Cory Richards and Gordon Wiltsie. Among those featured are Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Boardman, Joe Brown, George Mallory, Lynn Hill, Reinhold Messner, Tenzing Norgay, Kenton Cool, Galen Rowell, Edward Whymper, Royal Robbins, Steph Davis, Steve House, Maurice Herzog, Leo Houlding, Adam Watson, Marko Prezelj, Ines Papert and Ueli Steck. A unique and beautifully designed book, Mountain Heroes also includes special contributions from admired members of the mountaineering community, including Sir Chris Bonington, Stephen Venables and Doug Scott. Douglad MacDonald, editor-in-chief of Climbing magazine, says: In its approach, scope, and impressive execution, there s never been a climbing book like this. Highly recommended!
Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration and art director with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Formerly a Curator at the National Maritime Museum and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Huw now writes and lectures widely about exploration and the visual arts.
A best-selling author of history and photography books, Huw's titles include 'Arctic', 'Ocean Portraits', 'In Search of the South Pole', 'The Lifeboat', 'Mountain Heroes' - a finalist in the Banff Prize, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany - and 'The Conquest of Everest', also a finalist at this year's Banff Festival. To date, his books have been published in 12 languages.
Huw continues to work as an international freelance curator, as well as being a historical and heritage consultant for media and broadcasting projects, most recently for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity. His future books include 'The Crossing of Antarctica', ongoing collaboration with celebrated Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson, and republishing rare sketchbooks and original narratives of mountain exploration.
Huw also travels to the Arctic and Antarctica each year, working as a historian and polar guide. He is married to the author and photographer Kari Herbert and they live in Cornwall.