Events of Organisations other than the Alpine Club

Here is detail of an award for the Andy Cave French translation of "Learning to Breathe". One of the only two authors ever awarded a prize at this international mountain book fair. And two AC members!!

This year’s “Grand Prix du Salon du Livre de Montagne de Passy” was won by the French translation by Eric Vola of Andy Cave’s book “Learning to Breathe” titled “L’ombre et la lumière”. This is a truly amazing achievement given the stiff competition this year from very well known authors in France. In particular one of the contestants was a biography of Patrick Edlinger, a charismatic figure for French climbers. If Andy Cave is famous in the UK, in France very few know of him. But his account of life in the mines and his poignant tales of his Changaband ascent clearly enthused the jury.

The translation was also a remarkable feat given the use of mining terminology and a vocabulary which enlivens the tale by its authenticity but renders translation very delicate. The equivalent mining dialect would have been “Chti”, still used in Northern France in mining communities but which would have been lost on the rest of the French population.

How did this French translation come about? An imaginative publisher, Paul-Erik Mondron of Nevicata, a talented translator, our AC member Eric Volal, encouraged by Chris Bonnington who when asked by the pair which book he would recommend to translate pointed to it, and a gripping tale.

The duo Mondron/Vola seems to be forming a winning team: 2 years ago another book translated by Eric Vola and published by Paul-Erik Mondron won the second prize at the Passy international book fair. This time the author was Chris Bonnington and the French title of this collection of mountain tales was “Les horizons lointains”. In the 23 year history of the Passy bookfair these Bonnington and Cave were the only English authors ever awarded a prize!


FIRST ON THE CONTINENTS London (Thursday 27th November)

Seven legends of the climbing world, including Alex Huber, Simone Moro and Michael Kennedy gather at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 27th November at First on the Continents. This unique event, hosted by Sir Chris Bonington, is the first ever to celebrate the differing challenges, rewards and landscapes as climbers search out new routes and first ascents across the globe. It offers a fascinating insight into our planet and those who dare to be the first.

Alex Huber from Germany, at the forefront of world rock climbing, will speak of his awe inspiring un-roped solo ascent of the overhanging Cima Grande face in the Dolomites where one mistake could be fatal. Reinhold Messner said of the climb “500 meters of absolute exposure, without protection and possibility of return, a brilliant deed, which can hardly be surpassed in elegance”.

Andy Kirkpatrick, fresh from leading the ONE SHOW’s Alex Jones in her climb during Sport Relief, will speak of his new route climbed in2013 on the Wolf’s Tooth - Ulvetanna, in Antarctica.

Italian Simone Moro speaks of his long dreamed of first winter ascents of the 8000 metre Himalayan peaks: Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum II and Makalu which had defeated so many before him.

Michael Kennedy
of the USA will speak of first ascents in the harshest of mountain environments Alaska including the Wall of Shadows on Mount Hunter with Greg Child.

Simon Yates
, whose climbing in South America is famously recorded in ‘Touching the Void’ will speak of his passion for the continent including climbs in Peru, Chile and Tierra del Fuego.

Pat Littlejohn has long been a climbing pioneer in Africa and speaks about his new routes on Mount Poi in Kenya including the 600metre E6 route Dark Safari, one of the hardest routes on the continent.

Doug Scott, whose pioneering Himalayan climbs are well known, speaks about a very different landscape, Australasia, and his new route on its highest peak - the 4,884 metre Cartenz Pyramid amidst the jungle of Papua New Guinea.

Doug Scott says of the event “With a cast of world class climbers at the top of their game First on the Continents will be a compelling day. It will take the audience Around the World in Seven Climbs, with tales of pure adventure set amongst amazing landscapes.”

FIRST ON THE CONTINENTS at Oxford (Friday 28th November) and Chesterfield (Sunday 30th November)

These are evening only events with speakers Alex Huber, Andy Kirkpatrick and Michael Kennedy introduced by Doug Scott. There are no supporting speakers at these events.

Charity Auction All events feature a charity auction of mountain prints signed by Messner, Habeler, Bonington, Hornbein and other famous mountaineers.

Enquiries and information: visit or email or Tel: 01768 484 842


Thursday 27 November 2014, 10.30am – 9.00pm
LONDON: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR
Tickets £20.00 and £30.00 available online from our ticket agents or by cheque from the CAN office Tel: 01768 484 842

Friday 28 November 2014, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
OXFORD: University, Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd OX1 3PW
Tickets £15.00 Tel: 01865 778 536 or Blacks, Oxford Tel: 01865 593 632 (cash only)

Sunday 30 November 2014, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
CHESTERFIELD: Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell St. Chesterfield S41 7SA
Tickets £16.00 Box Office Tel: 01246 345 222





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