We had a great night at Clive’s book launch and sold out his book on the night. I was asked to Speak through Cameron McNeishes forward at the launch.
Clive was busy signing his book and the poor soul never got off his seat for a few hours . It was a wonderful to see so many there to support him. As I have said often the book is a hopefully a new slant on mountaineering by a bold bunch of climbers from all over UK. In his time Clive has climbed with many famous climbers but still is that unassuming man we all love.
The tales in the book from his early days down South to trips to Scotland the Alps and then the greater ranges are an incredible read. In the book you meet many of the characters of these Golden Years of Alpinism. The piece I found about Tom Patey’s death on the Maidens was a tragic tale that Clive was there on that sad day after the first ascent. Like many hard climbers Clive lost a lot of mates in accidents in the mountains.
Of course the tale on the Ogre is the one that is exceptional. Being involved in Mountain Rescue I can only just imagine what Clive and his great pal Mo Anthoine did saving Doug Scott and Chris Bonningtons life￼. It is great to see this side of one of the epic Rescue tale of their efforts was not lost. mmmemories thmists of time.
The book has so many stories all with Clive’s Yorkshire humour in it. I laughed at times as I read it yet what a story.
Clive sums his life up “ I feel very lucky and fortunate to have met so many remarkable people throughout my life”
Joe Brown said to him “We had fun didn’t we Clive”
Clive “yes we did maybe some of the summits were not reached but the shared endeavour and camaraderie made it all worth while “
Thanks to Fiona Clive’s wife for all her hard work. The Team at McRays Press and of course the Bandstand in Nairn for hosting the event and there wonderful hospitality. Of course to Clive for getting the book completed and got all he had done for so many in his own quiet day.
Will add link later where you can order the book from McKays Press.
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