Ken Wilson mountain media wizard is honoured

Posted by Peter Burnside on 24/11/2015
Ken Wilson, Everest 1972; © Doug Scott

The Boardman Tasker Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ken Wilson, a long time influencer of outdoor media and global climbing and mountaineering politics, at the Kendal Mountain Festival. We collect a few choice quotes to celebrate the occasion.

Shouting his message from the top of the mountains, or at least using Mountain magazine as a medium, Ken Wilson is well known in the outdoor world for his way with words and his unshakeable beliefs in traditional styles of adventure climbing. His contributions to any debate could come in the form of bold print or verbal rebuffs, leaving no doubts as to which side of the crevasse his opinions are camped. 
 
Writing in his book, Up and About, Doug Scott said: “[Ken] was a passionate and sometimes vociferous supporter of the traditions of British climbing and an inspired mountaineering magazine editor.
 
“Mountain and its editor, Ken Wilson, had quite an influence on my climbing, especially during the late sixties and early seventies. It captured the profound changes affecting climbing at that period and Ken proved a relentless guardian of the soul of mountaineering – as he saw it.”
 
Despite having ruffled a few feathers, none will be able to argue that the awarding of the Boardman Tasker Lifetime Achievement Award is undeserved, as Ken’s commitment to climbing, mountaineering, and the whole outdoor world is beyond dispute. 
 
Commenting on Ken’s award to Vertebrate Publishing, Steve Dean, secretary and trustee of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, said: “When Ken Wilson started Mountain magazine in 1969 he opened up the ability to debate mountaineering to the whole world. To those of us who attempted to write about mountains and climbing he was both the sternest critic and the strongest supporter. More importantly, on the hill or on the crag, Ken was one of us. The man is a hero.”
 
Ken was a key player in the publication and distribution of climbing literature. From 1969 until 1978 he was the editor of Mountain magazine, a prominent periodical that is known to have influenced publications such as Alpinist magazine, and in the years following Ken founded two publishing houses – Diadem (co-founded with Ken Vickers) and Bâton Wicks – and became the devoted patron of a variety of international classics. 
 
Jon Barton, managing director of the Sheffield-based Vertebrate Publishing house, said in his blog: “Ken was the man to talk to in order to get your name out there, to get your climb into the media. “
 
 
His skill with the written word was also demonstrated in a number of his own creations, especially in his two most famous books – Hard Rock and Classic Rock. Not to forget his take on the art of climbing in his anthology The Games Climbers Play.
 
But Ken’s contribution was not only limited to the page, as his work to support the sport he loved extended further. The BMC gratefully accepted Ken’s opinions on committees and in the Future Policy Review Group, both as a volunteer and a critic, and was bestowed with the title of Honorary Member of the BMC. Furthermore, Ken helped mould the climbing clubs we know today, as he was a fierce campaigner for women to be accepted as members in the Climbers' Club, which was the first of many of the causes he pursued vigorously.  
 
With such an extensive literary past, Ken Wilson has been one of the foremost voices for climbing and the outdoors on an international level. It’s with that in mind that we would like to extend our congratulations to Ken for his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boardman Tasker trustees. 

WATCH: Steve McClure on the second ascent of E10 Choronzon on BMC TV

WATCH: The International Summer Meet 2015: Slate on BMC TV

 



« Back

Post a comment Print this article

This article has been read 947 times

TAGS

Click on the tags to explore more

RELATED ARTICLES

Sea-cliff secrets: discover the new BMC TV series
3
Sea-cliff secrets: discover the new BMC TV series

Are you ready for sea-cliff climbing adventures? Check out the new five-part BMC TV skills series to discover the skills and techniques that you'll need for this new environment.
Read more »

Outdoor trad climbing days for young people
0
Outdoor trad climbing days for young people

This is a one day outdoor trad climbing course for 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls. As well as being a fun day out climbing the course will cover key safety skills for both the participant and the parent. This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags. For more information for parents about climbing read the Parents guide to climbing by clicking the link below:
Read more »

Ready to Rock: Outdoor days 2020
0
Ready to Rock: Outdoor days 2020

Ready to Rock courses are designed to help indoor climbers make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment. To take advantage of what is on offer you will need to have been climbing indoors a few times already. You will need to be able to put on and adjust a harness, tie in to the rope and belay a climbing partner. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.
Read more »

Post a Comment

Posting as Anonymous Community Standards
3000 characters remaining
Submit
Your comment has been posted below, click here to view it
Comments are currently on | Turn off comments
0

There are currently no comments, why not add your own?

RELATED ARTICLES

Sea-cliff secrets: discover the new BMC TV series
3

Are you ready for sea-cliff climbing adventures? Check out the new five-part BMC TV skills series to discover the skills and techniques that you'll need for this new environment.
Read more »

Outdoor trad climbing days for young people
0

This is a one day outdoor trad climbing course for 11-17 year olds who are confidently leading on indoor climbing walls. As well as being a fun day out climbing the course will cover key safety skills for both the participant and the parent. This type of climbing is what is predominantly practiced on British crags. For more information for parents about climbing read the Parents guide to climbing by clicking the link below:
Read more »

Ready to Rock: Outdoor days 2020
0

Ready to Rock courses are designed to help indoor climbers make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment. To take advantage of what is on offer you will need to have been climbing indoors a few times already. You will need to be able to put on and adjust a harness, tie in to the rope and belay a climbing partner. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.
Read more »

BMC MEMBERSHIP
Join 82,000 BMC members and support British climbing, walking and mountaineering. Membership only £16.97.
Read more »
BMC SHOP
Great range of guidebooks, DVDs, books, calendars and maps.
All with discounts for members.
Read more »
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Get covered with BMC Insurance. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest.
Read more »