A Canvas of Rock transports the reader through two of the most influential periods in modern British rock-climbing as seen through the eyes one of the UK’s well-respected rock climbers – Mark Radtke.
This collection of personal experiences and friendships with some of the influential climbers from the 1970s to the present day, provides a rare insight and first-hand account on some of the crucial and at times contentious episodes that paved the way to today’s rock-climbing scene. We are also treated to insights of the man himself – his passion and his drive that have allowed him to challenge his limits and to pioneer many new Extreme routes.
Excerpt: ‘The sheer amount of time spent living outdoors, touching rock and getting dirty with the elements has undoubtedly brought me closer to nature. I know that I am a part of nature and not above it. Climbing has allowed me to explore my own fallibilities and shortcomings. Failure has occasionally resulted in one or two broken bones, but more often a bruised ego has been the more painful.
It has provided the opportunity to satisfy creative urges as in my own minds eye I have painted new routes on canvases of rock.’
With Foreword from Andy Cave, Andy Cave Author of Multi Award Winning Learning to Breathe (2006) and Thin White Line (2008)
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