Tony Howard: Quest into the Unknown - my life as a climbing nomad
Outside Café, 24th April 2019 19.30
Tony Howard rose to fame in 1965 as a member of a group of young climbers from northern England who made the first British ascent of Norway's Troll Wall. He went on to design the modern sit harness, now used universally by every climber in the world, and founded the company Troll Climbing Equipment.
Tony has dedicated his life to travelling the world in search of unclimbed rock faces and remote trekking adventures. He has visited all of the North African countries, much of the Arab land of the Middle East, the mountainous regions of Scandinavia, Canada and the rocky spine of the Americas, the Himalaya, remote Indian provinces, South East Asia, South Georgia and Antarctica.
His autobiography takes the reader from a youth spent developing the crags of the English Peak District, via whaling ships in the Southern Ocean, thousand-mile canoe trips in the Canadian Arctic, living amongst the Bedouin in the rocky mountains of Jordan, to the isolated opium tribes of Thailand.
Tony's first book, Troll Wall was launched at the Outside Cafe in 2011.