Climbing guide and writer Freddie Wilkinson will present a talk at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m..
“Mountaineering and Adventure Storytelling in the Twenty-first Century” will focus on several different adventures he’s undertaken. This active writer/ adventurer will also read from his book, One Mountain Thousand Summits, and show a short documentary film he made called “The Old Breed”.
Freddie Wilkinson loves to climb. He works as a climbing guide, writes books, blogs, and articles related to climbing, takes pictures and makes movies of people climbing. He does public speaking, educational outreach, and slideshows about climbs he’s done, design and communications work as a professional climber. And sometimes he blows it all off to just go climbing. Freddie believes that any adventure is only as good as the stories you bring home.
Freddie has made Alpine-style ascents around the world, including first ascents in Patagonia, Alaska, India, and Nepal. He’s a recipient of the Robert Hicks Bates Award from the American Alpine Club (2007) and the Piolet d’Or from the Groupe de Haute Montagne (2012). Notable climbs include: first ascents on Fitzroy, Poincenot, the Moose’s Tooth. He has 10 years experience as a guide, approximately 1000 field days – mostly in the White Mountains but also in Alaska, Peru, and the Adirondacks. He specializes in technical outdoor adventure and youth programs. Ascents include: winter Mount Washington, Black Dike, Repentance, the Last Gentleman, Ham and Eggs on Moose’s Tooth, West Buttress Denali, Tocllaraju, Little Switzerland.
Writer Freddie has published numerous pieces in print and online at Rock and Ice, Alpinist, Climbing, The Huffington Post, Outside, the New York Times, and the National Geographic website. He has one published book: One Mountain Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 (2010: New American Library).
His skills include photography, videography, rigging and safety, and field production work on expeditions around the world, including Himalaya Speed project (2011). Documentary film projects include The Old Breed (2012) and The Tooth Traverse (2013). Also published images in a variety of commercial and editorial outlets.
He delivers 15-30 speaking engagements per year, including The Banff Book Festival, Outdoor Industry Alliance, Harvard Mountaineering Club, The Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Powell’s Book Store, The Bear’s Tooth Theatre, the American Alpine Club Annual Dinner, The Dartmouth Outing Club, The Explorer’s Club, and many more college universities, climbing festivals, and gear shops. He works as a professional athlete/ambassador with the following brands: Mountain Hardwear, Clif Bar, La Sportiva, Sterling Rope, Petzl, and Julbo.
While at Cook Library, Freddie the adventurer-tour-guide-lecturer will also involve the audience in interactive storytelling projects. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call 323-8510.