IMF - An illustrated talk on the first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash by Mick Fowler



Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi (IMF) has organised an illustrated talk on the first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash by Mick Fowler.

Venue: Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 7 pm at Sarin Hall, IMF.


Michael 'Mick' Fowler (born 1956 in London) is an award-winning British mountaineer and author.

He was voted the 'Mountaineers' Mountaineer' in a poll in The Observer and with Paul Ramsden won the 2002 Piolet d'Or and Golden Piton awards for their ascent of 6,250-metre (20,510 ft) Mount Siguniang in the Qionglai Mountains in the Sichuan Province of China. In 2012 he was awarded the King Albert award for his 'outstanding contribution to mountaineering' and in 2013 he and Paul Ramsden became the first pair to win a Piolet d'Or award twice after their ascent of the 6,142-metre (20,151 ft) Prow of Shiva in the Indian Himalayas.

He was one of the first people to rock climb at the E6 grade of difficulty (Linden Route, Eliminates Wall, Curbar Edge, 1976) and winter climb at grade VI (Central Icefall Direct, Craig y Rhaeadr, Llanberis Pass, 1979). He is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of adventurous rock climbs on sea cliffs and sea stacks and the use of ice-climbing techniques on the soft chalk cliffs of England's south-east coast.

Fowler has written two volumes of memoirs, both of which were shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. He won the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature at the 2005 Banff Mountain Book Festival and the best book prize at the Bormio Mountain Festival (Italy) in 2012.

He was introduced to rock climbing and mountaineering as a teenager by his widowed father George, who took him to the Alps in 1969 at the age of 13. In the 1980s, he was regarded as the driving force behind a group of London climbers who would regularly drive to the north of Scotland, a round trip of 1,300 miles, for winter weekends. His record was 11 consecutive weekends.

Mick served as President of the Alpine Club from 2011 to 2013 after winning the first contested election in the organisation's 150-year history.

Since 1977 he has worked full-time for HM Revenue and Customs where he holds the position of Assistant Director, Shares and Assets Valuation. Since 2008 he has also worked with the outdoor company Berghaus.

He lives in Derbyshire with his wife Nicola and their two children, Tessa and Alec.