Frank Nugent's, In Search of Peaks, Passes & Glaciers Irish Alpine Pioneers,
which examines the role of pioneer Irish mountain explorers in Alpine exploration,
has been shortlisted for the 2014 Boardman Tasker Prize.
The Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust has indicated that there has been an unusually high number of books entered for this year's award; the judges have had more than forty titles to consider before compiling a shortlist. This year's judges Audrey Salkeld (Chair), Chris Harle and Robin Campbell, have selected the following books for this year's shortlist.
Reacting to the announcement, Frank said he was 'absolutely thrilled, especially given that Audrey Salkeld was the Chair of the shortlisting panel'.
The shortlisting panel commented that In Search of Peaks, Passes & Glaciers Irish Alpine Pioneers 'Teases out the impressive Irish contribution to early Alpine history with much new or little-known material.'
Well done Frank!
About Frank Nugent
Frank Nugent is an experienced mountaineer, explorer and expedition leader:
He is the Chairperson of the Irish Uplands Forum and a former Chairman of the MCI now Mountaineering Ireland (1997-2000), the deputy leader of the first and successful Irish Everest Expedition (Stelfox, 1993), followed in the footsteps of Shackleton across the Island of South Georgia (South Arís Expedition 1997) and sailed the Northwest Passage in the wake of Crozier and McClintock (Northabout Expedition 2001) amongst many other adventures.
He is also author of 'Seek the Frozen Lands - Irish Polar Explorers 1740 –1922', which starts with the involvement of Aurthur Dobbs (1689-1765) in exploration of the Arctic and ends with the death of Ernest Shackleton in 1922.
About the Boardman Tasker Prize
The Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust was established to promote literature by providing an annual award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains.
The prize of £3,000 commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker and is given to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.
On 17 May 1982 Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen on Mount Everest attempting to traverse The Pinnacles on the unclimbed North East Ridge at around 8250 metres. Their deaths marked the end of a remarkable era in British mountaineering.
Peter and Joe left two legacies. One was their great endeavour, their climbs on high peaks with bold, lightweight innovative methods which included Dunagiri, Changabang, Kongur, Everest and Kangchenjunga. The second and more lasting achievement were the books they wrote and left behind.
This literary legacy lives on through the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature set up by family and friends in 1983.
For more information on the Boardman Tasker Prize and the 2014 shortlisted title, click HERE