One Man's Legacy: Tom Patey

Biography of Dr Tom Patey: bard, musician, and one of Scotland’s foremost climbers and mountaineers.

One Man’s Legacy chronicles the brief but brilliant life of Dr Tom Patey: bard, musician, and one of Scotland’s foremost climbers and mountaineers. His story is one of pioneering ascents and boundless enthusiasm, and his spontaneity, carefree approach and ability to burn the candle at both ends remain legendary, several decades after his untimely death.

By drawing on Patey’s essays and verses, published collectively in the celebrated One Man’s Mountains, the narrative is imbued with dry wit and gentle satire, and brought to life by previously unseen images from renowned photographer John Cleare and the Patey family archive. Supported by a foreword from Mick Fowler and first-hand insights from some of the leading climbers of the last century, including Sir Chris Bonington, Joe Brown and Paul Nunn, One Man’s Legacy celebrates a complex, larger-than-life character who rightly deserves his place in mountaineering history.

Illustrated in colour and monochrome throughout.

By Mike Dixon.

Hardback, 22cm x 16cm, 464 pages.

Published 2022.

ISBN: 978-1-907233-46-3.

By the way, if you haven't read One Man’s Mountains, the posthumously published collection of Tom Patey's hilarious articles and songs, then it is highly recommended. Unfortunately it is out of print at the moment but second-hand copies can often be found quite cheaply on ABE Books.

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