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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Graphics Ltd; 2011 First Edition edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148287
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Life-long climber, mountaineer and adventurer. Contributor to rock climbing guides to the English Peak District in the 1960s. A member of the English team that made the first ascent of Norway's Troll Wall, the tallest North Wall in Europe, simultaneous to the Norwegian first ascent in 1965. Author of Troll Wall, the story of the climb, and of Climbs, Scrambles and Walks in Romsdal. Did a 1000ml canoe journey through Arctic Canada in 1971 along an almost forgotten Klondyke gold rush trail, the story of which is in Adventures in the Northlands along with other adventures in Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Responsible for the discovery of the climbing and trekking potential of Wadi Rum, Jordan, in 1984. Climbed and trekked throughout Jordan every year since with partner, Di Taylor, writing four guidebooks. Completed exploration of the 650km country length Jordan Trail in 2014, having proposed the idea almost twenty years previously.

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"One of the greatest ever achievements by British rock climbers." (Joe Brown CBE)"

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Tony Howard grew up in the Chew Valley, at the northern tip of the Peak District. After starting climbing in 1953, Tony became well known in climbing circles for his new routes and his contribution to local guidebooks. He worked as an instructor in the early 1960s and qualified as a BMC Guide in 1965, the year he and his friends famously made the first ascent of Norway's 1,000m Troll Wall. Tony was a founding partner of Troll Climbing Equipment, producing many innovative designs such as the world's first commercial range of nuts, the first climbing 'sit' harnesses and the first sewn slings. He has guided and climbed all over the world, discovering new areas and making many first ascents. Tony is a regular contributor to outdoor magazines, and has written guidebooks for Norway, Oman and Morocco, including: Climbs, Scrambles and Walks in Romsdal, Norway (ISBN: 9781904207245); Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum, Jordan (ISBN: 9781852842543); and Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons (ISBN: 9781852845209).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar 2011
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Tony Howard's book has had a long gestation period as the bulk was written immediately after a first ascent of Troll Wall - an awe-inspiring route on the formidable North face of Trollryggen in Norway. This was in 1965 yet the book has only now been published in 2011 - and I predict it will win this year's Boardman Tasker Award. I may be prejudiced as Tony Howard is of my age group and his book concentrates on the period of my early climbing activities when pegging on the likes of Yorkshire limestone was an accepted pastime. I well remember tying on with a bowline, heavy steel carabiners, industrial nuts, bendy pitons, homemade etriers, rudimentary clothing, primitive bivouac gear etc. - and I remember the reporting of the Troll Wall venture fostering admiration amongst climbers for the magnificence of a dramatic and outrageous achievement. I hanker for the values prevailing before today's bewilderingly vast range of hardware, footwear and `what to wear' in a pre-celebrity culture. However narrative chronicling the `Troll Wall' climb is not just a nostalgic jaunt related to my generation - it is also attractive and appealing to younger climbers as an indication of how `big wall' climbing developed and how expeditions to far away places blossomed in the 1960s; and to non-climbers it is a fascinating action packed tale of a journey into the unknown.

On his return from Norway Tony Howard produced his typed draft of `Troll Wall' but other projects took over and it was never offered for publication. It was forgotten for 45 years before being rediscovered in response to a request for information on Norwegian climbing history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Heason on 16 May 2011
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Last week my Dad found an old diary of his, written aged 14 (in 1954) detailing a solo cycle trip from Nottingham to North Wales. He typed it up and sent it to me to read. I was so impressed that I blogged about it. Imagine how surprised Ed Douglas must have been when Tony Howard found and sent him a manuscript, written by Tony in the 1960's following his ascent of Troll Wall. Ed immediately passed it on to Vertebrate Graphics and hey presto, we have a modern classic, but one that was written almost 50 years ago!

A while back, whilst in Norway on a budget road-trip my wife and I abandoned our car (to save on fuel costs) and embarked on a detour from our route, hitch-hiking to see the famous Troll Wall. Disappointingly we pitched our tent at its foot for a couple of days and sat in the swirling mists and rain, never catching even a glimpse of it. Nevertheless it's reputation means that as a climber I am all too aware of it's size, seriousness and importance in climbing history. Tony Howard is a name I am familiar with. He has written numerous articles and guidebooks on far-flung climbing destinations, not least one of my favourite - Wadi Rum in Jordan. Indeed I once contacted him to quiz him about a trip to Jordan and was impressed that he returned my emails and helped us out how he could. Back in the 60's he was an active member of the Rimmon Mountaineering Club, and with a bunch of enthusiastic club members, made the audacious decision to attempt to make the first ascent of Troll Wall. Coincidentally a Norwegian team mad the same decision at the same time, and both teams ended up climbing the face on parallel routes simultaneoulsy. Despite the furore created by the press that it was a race, both teams had plenty of respect for each other and went about their business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Cartwright on 25 April 2012
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This book provides a fantastic, inspirational read, not just for climbers, but for anyone looking for an extraordinary tale that has you holding your breath as you turn the pages. Nowadays, most youngsters would never dream of attempting a challenge such as the first ascent of a vertical mile. Health and safety would put a stop to it for a start and parents don't encourage their offspring to reach for the stars, just their ipads.The author's gripping description of how he tackled his ultimate challenge, demonstrates that given time, hard work, courage and commitment almost anything can be done, if you want to do it. It is possible to achieve dreams quietly, unassumedly and with out TV cameras, the media and civilisation being five minutes away. Adverse weather conditions can be dealt with providing you have the correct equipment, determination, fitness and stamina to knuckle down and get on with it. Risk assessments can be carried out in the head whilst on the job, without endless reams of paper, as these guys proved, back in the 60's. Part of the appeal of this epic story is the fact that it was written days after the event with the experiences still fresh in the authors mind. Most people will only ever view 'The Vertical Mile' from a distance. The author (and his team) were blessed to have been born born with the vision, vitality and drive, that enabled them to not only build and then tackle their dream but to achieve it too. We can all learn from this. Tantalisingly, the book gives glimpses of the rest of the authors life time of travel, adventure and achievements. We can only wait in anticipation of further writings!
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