Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman-Tasker award for mountain literature is one of the most prestigious and respected literary awards there is and we’re delighted to be able to officially support it.
Climbing, mountaineering, and Alpinism in particular, have always been more than just a physical pursuit, and mountaineering literature more than just a physical record. Few other activities can have compelled so many of its participants to express themselves through writing, and even fewer seen so many of its most celebrated protagonists prove their worth as authors, a fact that the Award has sought to recognise and celebrate.
For sixty years we have been closely associated with Alpinism and we owe much to Pete and Joe, and those that they climbed with, not only for their achievements but for the generations since that they have challenged and inspired. We hope that by supporting the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature we can encourage others help to experience and understand the mountain environment through literature.
Photo: Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman, West Ridge, Kanchenjunga 1979. Photo by Doug Scott.