Win a signed copy of The Baruntse Adventure

The latest revised edition in my acclaimed Footsteps on the Mountain Diaries series, The Baruntse Adventure, is out now in paperback. To celebrate this milestone I am offering a unique opportunity to win one of 3 signed copies.

I don’t sign many copies of my books, which makes this prize a collector’s item. I can say with confidence that a signed Horrell is rarer than a signed Messner, so get in quick while you have the chance!

The Baruntse Adventure is out now in paperback
The Baruntse Adventure is out now in paperback

The Footsteps on the Mountain Diaries are my expedition journals. They are edited versions of what I scribble in my tent each evening after a day in the mountains, with a bit of history thrown in. Light-hearted and engaging, they provide a perfect introduction to life on the trail.

The Baruntse Adventure follows a remote trek and climb in Nepal with my trekking and climbing companion Mark Dickson in 2010. Starting off in the balmy climate of the Arun Valley in eastern Nepal, we crossed Shipton’s Pass and trekked up the Barun Valley in the shadow of Makalu, before making an attempt on 7,129m Baruntse. When we reached base camp, we learned of a fatal accident involving a highly experienced climbing Sherpa. The diary includes a new epilogue describing some of these events and providing a balanced perspective on what happened.

One figure who looms large in the history of Makalu and Baruntse is the great New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, who was involved in much of the early exploration of the Barun Valley. He made two attempts on Makalu, and his great friend George Lowe took part in the first ascent of Baruntse along with fellow climbers from the New Zealand Alpine Club. The updated edition of The Baruntse Adventure includes some additional stories about the early history of both mountains, using original sources.

The book should appeal to all fans of Himalayan trekking and anyone who likes a good travel read. It was a wonderful trek in good company. Mark was an interesting, entertaining companion and his humorous banter helps to bring the diary to life. The complete text has been re-edited with the help of my regular editor Alex Roddie. As well as the extra historical background and new epilogue, I have tightened up many of the jokes and generally polished the text until it shines.

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How can I win a signed copy?

To be entered in the draw all you have to do is complete the entry form. By entering the competition you will also be signed up to my mailing list (if you are not already). You will receive my weekly blog post about mountains and occasional news about new book releases. If you don’t want to receive these updates then you can unsubscribe at any time.

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The closing date for this competition is midnight UK time, this Friday, 26 June 2020, so if you would like to win then sign up now!


Even if you don’t want (or win) the book you can still be a winner

Everybody who enters the competition or signs up to my mailing list will receive a free copy of my ebook In the Footsteps of Whymper.

In other words, you can’t lose, but sign up today! (If you have entered the competition for the book then you don’t need to sign up here as well.)


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