Andrew Kirkpatrick (climber)
|Born||Kingston upon Hull, England|
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Kirkpatrick was born in Stafford, England, in 1971, where his father Pete Kirkpatrick was based with the RAF (Pete Kirkpatrick was one of the longest-serving team leaders in the RAF mountain rescue). In the years that followed he moved to Sardinia, Windsor, Tywyn and Llanrwst (North Wales).
At the age of six his parents divorced and Kirkpatrick, together with his brother Robin and sister Joanne, moved with their mother to Hull, where he lived until he moved to London aged 19. Much of Kirkpatrick's climbing writing reflects on this period of his life, and in his book Psychovertical he wonders whether moving from North Wales - with its mountains and beaches - had more of an effect on him than the separation of his parents.
He has spoken at climbing events, both in the UK and internationally, at events such as the Banff film festival (Canada) and Gijon film festival (Spain).
He is also a director of Speakers from the Edge a speaking agency and theatre production company that has developed and toured speakers in the UK such as Simon Yates, Stephen Venables and Mark Beaumont.
Metro magazine wrote that Kirkpatrick "makes Ray Mears look like Paris Hilton". Billed as "the only stand-up mountaineer", he has toured his one-man shows Psychovertical (2007), When Hell Freezes Over (2009) and Off The Wall (2010) throughout the UK, mixing dark humour with tales of climbing epics.
Psychovertical has been translated into German and published in 2010 as Psychovertikal by AS Verlag.
Psychovertical has also been translated into Italian and published in 2011 as Psychovertical by Edizioni Versante Sud. In 2012 he won the literary prize Gambrinus "Giuseppe Mazzotti". It is also published in French.
- Psychovertical, London: Hutchinson, 2008, ISBN 978-0-09-192096-8, ISBN 0-09-192096-5
- Psychovertikal, Deutsche Ausgabe, Zürich: AS Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-909111-72-5
- Psycho vertical, Italian, Versante Sud 2011: ISBN 978-8896634370
- 30 Years of Climbing Magazine, Climbing Magazine, 1999, ISBN 978-1-893682-02-3
- Cold Wars, Vertebrate, 2011, ISBN 978-1906148461
- Kalte Kriege, AS Verlag, 2012, ISBN 978-3906055015
- Cold Wars, The Mountaineers, USA, ISBN 978-1594857430