Mike Banks (mountaineer)

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Mike Banks MBE (22 December 1922 – 9 February 2013) was a British climber and mountaineer. He climbed in all continents and the Arctic. During his career as an officer in the Royal Marines, he was a member of the British North Greenland Expedition (1952 to 1954).

In 1958, he made the first ascent of Rakaposhi with Tom Patey as part of a British-Pakistani joint forces Himalayan expedition.[1]

At the age of 77, in May 2000, he climbed the Scottish sea stack, the Old Man of Hoy becoming the oldest person to have done so.[2]


  • Commando Climber (1955)
  • High Arctic (1957)
  • Rakaposhi (1957)
  • Greenland (1975)


  1. ^ Banks, M.E.B; Mills, E.J.E (1960). "The Ascent of Rakaposhi". The Geographical Journal (The Royal Geographical Society.). CXXVI. JSTOR 1790422. 
  2. ^ "Alpine Club Newsletter 3/2000" (MS word). Alpine Club. July 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2010.