Mike Banks (mountaineer)

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Michael Edward Borg Banks MBE (22 December 1922 – 9 February 2013) was a British soldier, adventurer, climber and author.[1]

Early life[edit]

Banks was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, on 22 December 1922.[1] His father Humphrey Borg, an engineer, and mother Elsie (nee Millicent) worked in Malta, where Banks was schooled until returning to Chippenham when he was 14.[1] He adopted the surname Banks by deed poll, in adulthood.[1]

Career and later life[edit]

Banks joined the Royal Marines, with a commission, in January 1942.[1] He was a member of the British North Greenland Expedition (1952 to 1954).

He appeared as a "castaway" on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 25 November 1954.[2] He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1959.[1]

In 1958, he made the first ascent of Rakaposhi with Tom Patey as part of a British-Pakistani joint forces Himalayan expedition.[3]

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.[4]

He died on 9 February 2013, aged 90.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael Banks". The Daily Telegraph. 11 Feb 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Captain M B B Banks RM". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2014.  [sic]
  3. ^ Banks, M.E.B; Mills, E.J.E (1960). "The Ascent of Rakaposhi". The Geographical Journal. The Royal Geographical Society. CXXVI. JSTOR 1790422. 
  4. ^ "Alpine Club Newsletter 3/2000" (MS word). Alpine Club. July 2000. Retrieved 30 August 2010.