|Born||24 June 1971|
Hull, East Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||climber, motivational speaker, writer|
|Known for||Big wall climbing in Patagonia, Alaska, Antarctica and the Alps|
Andrew Kirkpatrick is a British mountaineer, author, motivational speaker and monologist. He is best known as a big wall climber, having scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 30+ times, including five solo ascents, and two one day ascents, as well as climbing in Patagonia, Alaska, Antarctica and the Alps. He has also crossed Greenland by ski. In 2014 he guided Alex Jones up Moonlight Buttress, Zion National Park, raising £1.9 million for Sport Relief.
Film, TV and radio
Kirkpatrick has worked in film and TV as a safety advisor and stunt rigger, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as in programs for CBBC, ITN, BBC and BBC Scotland. The BBC program "The Big Climb" about his ascent of El Capitan with his 13-year-old daughter Ella won multiple awards. In 2014, he guided the TV presenter Alex Jones up the Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park to raise money for Sports Relief, raising £1.9 million. In 2014, Kirkpatrick gave a fifteen-minute talk on BBC Radio 4 in its Four Thought slot on the subject of the importance of risky play for children. In January 2015, he followed the route of the heroes of telemark on the Hardangervidda by ski with his two children for a BBC film on risky play.
Kirkpatrick is only the third person to win the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature twice (Paul Pritchard and Jim Perrin being the other authors to win twice). His first win was with his first book, Psychovertical in 2008 and his second with his book, Cold Wars: Climbing the fine line between risk and reality.
Psychovertical has been translated into German (published in 2010 as Psychovertikal by AS Verlag), Polish, Italian and Korean. The Italian version was published in 2011 as Psychovertical by Edizioni Versante Sud and in 2012 won the literary prize Gambrinus "Giuseppe Mazzotti". It is also published in French.
- Down, Akreative, 2020, ISBN 978-1999700577
- Psychovertical, London: Hutchinson, 2008, ISBN 978-0-09-192096-8, ISBN 0-09-192096-5
- Unknown Pleasures, Vertebrate, 2018, ISBN 978-1911342724
- Higher Education, Akreative, 2018, ISBN 978-1999700591
- 30 Years of Climbing Magazine, Climbing Magazine, 1999, ISBN 978-1-893682-02-3
- Cold Wars, Vertebrate, 2011, ISBN 978-1906148461
- Zimne Wojny" by Taschenbuch ISBN 978-8361050957
- Kalte Kriege, AS Verlag, 2012, ISBN 978-3906055015
- Cold Wars, The Mountaineers, USA, ISBN 978-1594857430
- 1000+ Climbing Tips" Akreative ISBN 978-1484854013
- Nutcraft Akreative ASIN: B00F8CVQ0S
- Hooks Akreative ASIN: B008LZRO0A
- Driven Akreative ISBN 978-1491036174
- "Alex Against the Rock". Sport Relief.
- "Charlie and the Chocolate factory". Flickr. Retrieved 23 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "BBC Two – The Adventure Show, 2008/2009, Karen's Ultimate Challenge". BBC. Retrieved 23 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Ella Kirkpatrick: on climbing El Cap". Retrieved 23 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "My Life: The Big Climb". Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- BBC Radio 4 – Four Thought, Series 4, Andy Kirkpatrick
- X Box To Ice – Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Archived 2 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
- "Dyslexic Writers". Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- "Andy Kirkpatrick product - Psychovertical |". 5 May 2015. Archived from the original on 5 May 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- McKenzie, Steven (28 October 2017). "Behind the scenes of Psycho Vertical". BBC News. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature Archived 15 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
- Boardman Tasker winners. Retrieved 8 April 2009 Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Boardman-Tasker 2012 Winner. Retrieved 16 November 2012
- Redazione. "Premio Mazzotti 2012: i vincitori". Marca Trevigiana. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Radio Interview | National Geographic
- "The Tapestry of the Experience" | interview by Alastair Humphreys
- Storytelling, Dyslexia, and Antarctica | Interview by The Adventure Journal
- Interview | Vertical Life
- The Dark Side of Climbing | Vague Direction interview
- The Boss at the bottom of the world | British Mountaineering Council interview
- Official website