Reference Number:
GB 3075 AHI
Audio Recordings of Alan Hinkes
July 2005
One cassette tape and one CD
Biog/Admin History:
Born 26th April 1954 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, Hinkes was educated at Northallerton Grammar School and began fell walking with the Outdoor Activities Society which led to rock climbing on local outcrops and the Lakeland crags.

In 1975, Alan became a qualified teacher in Outdoor Education and Geography; he also became the President of the College Mountaineering Club. He began his mountaineering exploits in the Alps with ascents of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and the notorious North Face of the Eiger. In 1984, he dedicated himself to mountaineering on a full-time basis and became a Technical Consultant with Berghaus.

On 30th May 2005 Alan Hinkes summitted the final peak of fourteen which are over 8000 metres in height. He is the first Briton to accomplish this feat, taking part in 28 expeditions over 18 years.

His chronology of ascents of summits above 8000 metres is as follows
Shisha Pangma, 1987
Manaslu, 1988
Cho Oyu, 1990
Broad Peak, 1991
K2, 1995
Everest 1996, filmed for Channel 4 TV documentary 'Summit Fever'
Gasherbrum I, also known as Hidden Peak, 1996
Gasherbrum II, 1996
Lhotse, 1997
Nanga Parbat, 1998
Makalu, 1999
Annapurna, 2002
Dhaulagiri, 2004
Kangchenjunga, 2005

Alan currently works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines such as Trail and lectures on his exploits. He is an accomplished cameraman, filming 11 documentaries, photographer, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide.

Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year 2005; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Presidents Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work for Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Outward Bound. He also works closely with the British Mountaineering Council.
Acquisition Source:
Donated by Robin Ashcroft, Manager of the National Mountaineering Exhibition, Rheged, Cumbria.
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Arranged by date.
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Finding Aids:
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist
Access Points:
Hinkes, Alan (1954-)
Rock climbing
Related Entities:
Hinkes, Alan (1954-)
2007-01-29 00:00:00
M Willett