An interview with British Alpinist Andy Houseman about the Link Sar project and much more, #26
British alpinist Andy Houseman would probably describe himself as "just a regular guy who loves climbing", but Andy with his team was nominated for the Piolet d'Or back in 2010 - and you don't end up being nominated if you're "just a normal guy".
I first heard of Andy in #6 of Sidetracked Magazine and as he came to Stockholm for a stop of the North Face Speaker Series I decided to book an interview with him at the new hotel Downtown Camper by Scandic.
Andy grew up in Yorkshire and in our interview we talk about his childhood, what he learned in the boyscouts, about being inspired by books such as Joe Simpson’s This Game of Ghosts and getting a book about climbing from his math teacher. We talk about his view on life and mortality, about loosing friends to the mountains, about getting into climbing and his transition into alpinism and about his feeling for Chamonix.
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