Book deal for Nick Bullock

11 September, 2011
Nick Bullock pulling up some kit during his repeat of Melody (HXS/E9) at Craig Dorys © Ray Wood
DMM Climbing Team member, Nick Bullock, has signed with Vertebrate Publishing for his debut book that'll hopefully be out in the first-half of 2012. Nick is well known as an outstanding alpinist with a 'light and fast' philosophy to climbing in the greater ranges. More recently it's been his adventures on the decomposing Craig Dorys that have been making the headlines with his repeat of Melody (HXS/E9).

The biographical book with the working title of Echoes, will cover Nick's life up to October 2003 when he quit his secure job in the Prison Service to totally commit himself to a life of climbing.

Looking back, Nick said: "In some respects I did very well out of the Prison Service and in others I was driven to despair. I got involved with climbing through the Prison Service and paid the mortgage off on my house. It also gave me a deep insight into a side of life I'd have otherwise never seen."

Nick discovered climbing through the outdoor activities part of his training to become a Prison Service PE Officer and in particular it was a Plas y Brenin course that fired his imagination and desire for adventure.

Nick said: "To start with we were just walking around the hills learning to navigate and in the final week we could choose either Summer ML training or a week of scrambling/rock climbing. No prizes for guessing what I chose to do."

He added: "I remember a Nick Banks lecture there called The North Faces and looking at his slides of the Eiger I just thought it was amazing that people put themselves in those kind of positions. The austerity of mountaineering really attracted me."

Nick's first expedition was in 1997 to the intimidating and still unclimbed Shark's Fin on Meru (6310m) with the late Jules Cartwright and Jamie Fisher, and Owain Jones. Also, among the expeditions the book covers, are his two expeditions with Al Powell to Jirishanca (6100m) in the Cordillera Huayhuash to make the first ascent of Fear and Loathing (ED3 WI6+ A2) and what Nick considers as "one of the most hardcore things I've ever done but isn't widely known about", the first ascent of the Central Buttress Direct on Quitaraju 6040m ED2 in Peru, that took 3 days when they were planning on 24 hrs.

John Coefield, Vertebrate’s Publishing Manager, said: "Signing Nick reaffirms our commitment to continuing the tradition of outstanding British climbing and mountaineering literature. Quite apart from his incredible exploits on the rock and in the mountains, Nick is the latest in a line of climbers equally skilled as a writer, able to vividly describe his drive, passion and achievements."

Vertebrate have a great track record with climbing biography having published Ron Fawcett - Rock Athlete co-written with Ed Douglas, winner of last year's Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and Jerry Moffatt's Revelations, Grand Prize winner at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in 2009.

You can catch Nick's highly entertaining slide show during November at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival (Sunday) and the Mountain Equipment Store in Manchester. You'll find plenty of examples of Nick's writing on his blog.