||Hinkes, Alan (1954-)|
||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 summited 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
Cho Oyu 1990
Broad Peak 1991
Everest 1996 (filmed for Channel 4 TV documentary 'Summit Fever')
Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) 1996
Gasherbrum II 1996
Nanga Parbat 1998
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 President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work for Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Outward Bound. He also works closely with the British Mountaineering Council.
||Hinkes, Alan (1954-)
||B346 : 8000 Metres - Climbing the World's Highest Mountains