||Fowler, Michael (1956-), known as Mick|
||Who else could have been nominated the Observer Magazine's, ‘Mountaineers’ Mountaineer’, had the porch of his house featured in Period Living & Traditional Homes, and yet still retain his credibility with his peers? Mick Fowler of course, the man from North London who continues the fine British tradition of modestly understated adventures in the gnarlier reaches of Britain and the World. Fowler is an outstandingly talented ‘amateur’ climber in the true sense of the word. His talent is such that he could probably dominate any specific branch of his ‘hobby’ he chose to, but instead he has bucked the modern trend towards specialisation. Despite his full-time job as a tax inspector, he has packed more achievement in virtually every branch of traditional climbing than most professionals can dream of. Furthermore, his is a pioneering spirit which eschews the bolt to pursue lines up crumbling chalk and shale, guano-stained sea-stacks and fearsome alps.
Standout climbs: Too many to list but including: London Pride (E5, Millstone, Derbyshire), Linden (E6, Curbar, Derbyshire), Central Icefall Direct (VI, Creag y Rheadr, Snowdonia) The Shield Direct (first Grade VI on Ben Nevis) Golden Pillar of Spantik, Karakorum (ungradeable).
Further reading: Vertical Pleasures, Mick Fowler, Hodder & Stoughton, 1997
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Fowler, Michael (1956-), known as Mick