Fundraiser: Move Mountains for Malcolm Bass

Posted by Emma Travers on 01/03/2021

#MoveMountainsForMalcolm is the fundraising campaign set up to support Malcolm Bass - world class British Mountaineer - who is recovering from a life-altering stroke. To get him back out into the mountains as soon as possible, the climbing community is raising funds to provide Malcolm with the vital care he needs for the mission of getting back on his feet back out into a world of adventure.

A fundraiser for Malcolm aims to reached £100,000 to help him get back out to the mountains. As a well-loved and integral part of the UK climbing community, the support already shown for Malcolm's fundraiser really shows the great strength of the British climbing community and the value of his previous contributions to it.

HELP MALCOLM: Donate here

On August 24th 2020, Malcolm, who has climbed first ascents and new routes in the Himalayas, Alaska, the Alps and beyond and had just finished two inspiring two days of climbing in the Scottish Highlands. Less than a day later, Malcolm was lying in a hospital bed in Dundee, barely able to move, see or speak. 

Without warning or any known underlying causes, Malcolm had had a devastating stroke, collapsing while visiting his climbing partner and close friend Simon Yearsley. The stroke  flung this athlete, adventurer and National Health Service psychologist into a harrowing recovery path.

READ: New route in the Indian Himalaya for Malcolm Bass and Guy Buckingham

Malcolm, a BMC mental health and international meet volunteer, has now spent many months in hospital and even as someone who’s pushed himself to the limits of human endurance in some of the world’s highest and most dangerous peaks, he’s now facing the toughest challenge of his life.

How can you help?

To get him back out into the mountains as soon as possible, the climbing community is banding together to raise funds to provide Malcolm with the care, equipment and facilities he needs for the mission of getting back on his feet - literally - and ultimately back out into a world of adventure in whatever form that’s feasible.

HELP MALCOLM: Donate here

Malcolm's Mountain Endeavours

When Malcolm, at only 55, suffered the stroke he had many ambitious climbing projects in the pipeline, including leading new Scottish winter routes and Himalayan expeditions. 

He spent many years pursuing his passions, achieving world class climbs in the mountains of Europe, China, India, Pakistan, the US and UK, and rock-climbing in his beloved North Yorkshire. 

In 2018 when Malcolm led the first ascent of Janhukot, a goal he’d pursued for many years, with teammates Guy Buckingham and Paul Figg.

ATHLETE PROFILE: Malcom Bass

He is universally known as a mountaineer quick to share his knowledge and ideas in ways that inspire others and have helped advance the sport as a whole, not with ego but joy and a huge heart.

Malcolm’s talent and dedication, including serving for two years as vice-president of the Alpine Club, have done much to boost British climbing.

In earlier years in the wild outdoors he made his mark as an exploratory caver and cave-diver pushing the limits in many previously-uncharted subterranean systems, before he fell in love with mountaineering - all crammed into his spare time outside of a high-pressure job.

READ: British pair Bass and Yearsley make best attempt to date on unclimbed Indian 6,800m peak

Malcolm trained as a psychologist and has spent his whole career working for the NHS, helping patients at their most vulnerable.

In recent times, Malcolm began writing a book about the psychological aspects of high altitude mountaineering, and the good news is he’s still working on that during his rehabilitation.

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