Colin Kirkus

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Colin Fletcher Kirkus (19 June 1910-13 September 1942[citation needed]), was one of the most influential climbers Britain has ever produced.[citation needed] He climbed extensively in Wales and elsewhere, such as the Alps and the Himalaya.[citation needed]


Kirkus left the world of mountaineering two tremendous legacies: firstly his pioneering climbs in Wales and elsewhere, and secondly one of the finest instruction books ever written:[citation needed] Let's Go Climbing!.[1]

Jack Longland described the greatest rock face in Wales, Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, as "Colin’s Cliff".[citation needed]

Kirkus' series of new routes on "Cloggy" was unparalleled until the emergence of Joe Brown, 20 years later.[citation needed]

Kirkus made a pioneering Alpine-style ascent in the Himalaya, in 1933.[citation needed] He climbed Satopant'h while a member of Marco Pallis's expedition; his account of the climb is included in Pallis's book Peaks and Lamas.[2]


Kirkus was killed in the Second World War, in 1942.[3]


  1. ^ Kirkus, Colin. Let's Go Climbing!. ISBN 1-904466-17-6. 
  2. ^ Pallis, Marco (1939) Peaks and Lamas. London: Cassell
  3. ^ "In Memorium - Colin Fletcher Kirkus - Club Member 1928–1942" (PDF). Climbers' Club Journal. 1943. pp. 168–181. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 


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