Troll Wall

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Norway, 1965. A team of young climbers from
the north of England camp at the bottom of the
tallest vertical rock face in Europe - the Troll
Wall. No one has dared attempt this gigantic
challenge before. Some say it will never be
climbed. This will be the adventure of a lifetime.
Rain and snow soak them as they climb.
Avalanches and loose rock threaten their lives.

A Norwegian team arrives to compete for the
glory as the world’s media look on. Pushed to
the limits of exhaustion, the team spends days
on the wall, refusing to given in, even when
failure seems certain.

Troll Wall tells the gripping story of
one of the most dramatic first ascents in
British climbing history. Written days after
their success, almost half a century ago, and
newly rediscovered, Tony Howard’s account
is a fascinating insight into the challenges of
climbing a big mountain wall.

• Foreword by Doug Scott
• Written only days after the ascent, the
gripping story of the first ascent of Europe’s
biggest rock face
• From the publisher of Ron Fawcett Rock
Athlete - winner of the 2010 Boardman
Tasker Prize of Mountain Literature, and
Jerry Moffatt - Revelations, winner of the
Grand Prize at the 2009 Banff Mountain
Book Festival

The Author
Tony Howard grew up in the Chew Valley,
at the northern tip of the Peak District.
After starting climbing in 1953, Tony became
well known in climbing circles for his new
routes and his contribution to local guidebooks.
He worked as an instructor in the early 1960s
and qualified as a BMC Guide in 1965,
the year he and his friends famously made the
first ascent of Norway’s 1,000m Troll Wall.
Tony was a founding partner of Troll Climbing
Equipment, producing many innovative designs
such as the world’s first commercial range of nuts,
the first climbing ‘sit’ harnesses and the first sewn
slings. He has guided and climbed all over the
world, discovering new areas and making many
first ascents.

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