A. Harry Griffin

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For the English cricketer, see Harry Griffin (cricketer). For other people, see Harry Griffin (disambiguation).

Arthur Harry Griffin (15 January 1911 – 9 July 2004), usually known in print as A. Harry Griffin, was a British journalist and mountaineer. He is particularly remembered for his evocative recording, in his writing, of rock-climbing in the Lake District in the inter-war years, especially a group called 'The Coniston Tigers'; for his long-running 'Lakeland Diary' column in The Guardian (spanning a period of 53 years); and for having inspired, via these columns, and an article in the Lancashire Evening Post, the rebirth of interest in the Bob Graham Round.[1]

Fuller details of his life, including his wartime service as an intelligence officer, may be found in the Guardian obituary.[2] He was friends with Alfred Wainwright but somewhat disapproved of the damage to the fells that the popularity of Wainwright's guides could cause.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Smith, forward by A H Griffin,(1982), 42 Peaks: The story of the Bob Graham Round
  2. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2004/jul/12/guardianobituaries.media
  3. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20040817/ai_n12801947

Bibliography[edit]

(In print)

Griffin, A. H. (2000) The Coniston Tigers, Sigma Press, (foreword C. Bonington)
Griffin, A. H., ed M. Wainwright (2005) A Lifetime of Mountains, Aurum Press - edited collection of extracts from the Guardian's Country Diary
Griffin, A. H., ed. P. Hardy (2008) The High Places: Leaves from a Lakeland Notebook, Frances Lincoln.
Griffin, A. H., ed. P. Hardy (2011) Heritage of Lakeland: A Centenary Collection, Frances Lincoln.

(Out of print)

Griffin, A. H. (1961) Inside the Real Lakeland, Guardian
Griffin, A. H. (1961) In Mountain Lakeland, Guardian
Griffin, A. H. (1966) Pageant of Lakeland, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1968) The Roof of England, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1970) Still the Real Lakeland, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1975) Long Days in the Hills, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1975) A Lakeland Notebook, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1976) A Year in the Fells, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1978) Freeman of the Hills, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1980) Adventuring in Lakeland, Robert Hale
Griffin, A. H. (1990) A Lakeland Mountain Diary, Crowood Press