We've got two signed copies of Nick Bullock's new book, Tides: A climber's voyage, to give away. This is Nick's second book, following his critically acclaimed debut, Echoes.
Tides has won : MOUNTAIN LITERATURE AWARD, BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK FESTIVAL 2018 and been shortlisted for the 2018 BOARDMAN TASKER AWARD FOR MOUNTAIN LITERATURE
Now retired from the strain of work as a prison officer, Nick is free to climb. A lot. Tides is a treasury of his antics and adventures with some of the world’s leading climbers, including Steve House, Kenton Cool, Nico Favresse, Andy Houseman and James McHaffie. Follow Nick and his partners as they push the limits on some of the world’s most serious routes: The Bells! The Bells! on Gogarth’s North Stack Wall; the Slovak Direct on Denali; Guerdon Grooves on Buachaille Etive Mor; and the north faces of Chang Himal and Mount Alberta, among countless others.
Nick’s life can be equated to the rhythm of the sea. At high tide, he climbs, he loves it, he is good at it; he laughs and jokes, scares himself, falls, gets back up and climbs some more. Then the tide goes out and he finds himself alone, exposed, all questions and no answers. Self-doubt, grieving for friends or family, fearful, sometimes opinionated, occasionally angry – his writing more honest and exposed than in any account of a climb. Only when the tide turns is he able to forget once more.
‘Far more than just a mountaineer’s memoir, Nick Bullock’s Tides weaves together scenes from high peaks and towns, as the narrator confronts
the struggles to form connections and find meaning amid the inexorable passage of time. Captured in hauntingly lyrical and gritty prose, this is the dark wood of midlife, a labyrinth of sodium streetlights and infinite night skies, of canal locks and icy couloirs, where each turn might lead to a dead-end
or a transcendent escape.’
KATIE IVES, Editor in Chief, Alpinist magazine
Nick Bullock was born on Christmas Day in 1965. After leaving school aged sixteen he worked variously as a gamekeeper, a self- employed labourer and at Alton Towers (less exciting than it sounds) before joining Her Majesty’s Prison Service in 1987 where he was posted to the high-security Gartree Prison as a wing officer, then a punishment block officer.
In 1992 he was introduced to climbing at Plas-y-Brenin while training as a physical education instructor: Nick left the prison service in 2003 and has been a full-time climber and part-time writer ever since. Nick is one of the UK’s leading climbers, making bold repeats of many of the country’s most renowned traditional summer rock climbs. In Scottish winter he has climbed hundreds of routes and many new ones including Nevermore on Lochnagar – with a grade of X/10 it is one of the hardest routes ever climbed ground up. In the European Alps he has climbed approximately forty routes, both established classics and new lines, and he is veteran of over twenty-three expeditions to the greater ranges. It is possibly in the big hills where Nick has truly demonstrated his imagination and abilities, making significant ascents and failing on some audacious attempts around the world with partners such as Jules Cartwright, Al Powell, Kenton Cool, Andy Houseman, Matt Helliker and Paul Ramsden. In September 2017, alongside Ramsden, he climbed the first ascent of the North Buttress on Nyainqentangla South East in Tibet, for which they were awarded a prestigious Piolet d’Or.
An accomplished writer, his work has been published frequently in Alpinist, Climb, Rock & Ice, Climber, Vertical, UKClimbing.com, Desnival, Climbing, the Alpine Journal, the American Alpine Journal, and in 2017 he won the award for Best Mountaineering Article of the Year at the Banff Mountain Book Competition. When not on expedition or extended climbing trips, Nick lives in Llanberis, North Wales. Tides is his second book, following the critically acclaimed Echoes.
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