The Blind Man of Hoy

The Blind Man of Hoy From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their fo

  • Title: The Blind Man of Hoy
  • Author: Red Szell
  • ISBN: 9781910124222
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds That was in 1983 when I was thirteen Within months I was tackling my first crags and dreaming of standing atop Europe s tallest sea stack with the Atlantic pounding From the moment I watched a documentary of Chris Bonington and Tom Patey climb the perpendicular flanks of the Old Man of Hoy I knew that my life would not be complete until I had followed in their footholds That was in 1983 when I was thirteen Within months I was tackling my first crags and dreaming of standing atop Europe s tallest sea stack with the Atlantic pounding 450 feet below Those dreams went dark at nineteen when I learned I was going blind I hung up my harness for twenty years and tried to ignore the twinge of desire I felt every time The Old Man appeared on TV Middle aged, by now a family man, crime novelist and occasional radio personality, Red Szell s life nonetheless felt incomplete He was still climbing, but only indoors until he shared his old, unforgotten, dream with his buddies, Matthew and Andres, and it became obvious that an attempt had to be made With the help of mountain guides Martin Moran and Nick Carter, and adventure cameraman Keith Partridge, supported by family and an ever growing following, Red set out to confront the Orcadian giant.

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    1. Redmond Széll was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) at age 19. In 2013 he became the first blind person to climb the Old Man of Hoy, the 449-foot cliff off the Orkney Islands. This is an inspirational rock-climbing adventure. The details of his training, especially all the climbing terms, can get a bit tedious for the layman. Luckily, there is a helpful glossary at the back to explain the sometimes unintentionally funny vocabulary. Overall, not as accessible an adventure memoir as Aron R [...]

    2. Carved from sandstone cliffs by the actions of the sea sometime in the 1700s, the Old Man of Hoy is a 137m tall red sandstone tower on the island of Hoy, in the Orkney Island group of Scotland. It's become a haven for UK climbers since the first ascent by Chris Bonington, Rusty Baillie and Tom Patey in 1966, a feat repeated by Bonington and Patey for the BBC a year later.At 13 years old, British climber and author Red Szell made it his life's ambition to climb the Old Man. Six years later he had [...]

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