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I'm actually just nearly finished Psychovertical. Andy K is an impressive climber and I even found that he has a Flickr account linked from his website. It turns out that one of my neighbours is 'Paul Tat' - mentioned in the book as one of his climbing partners on El Cap. As usual with the best - even he admits - it stops being about the climbing and seems to be more about fulfilling a need inside him that he doesn't clearly understand. SOme of the objective dangers he has encountered seem to have been survived only by luck. I got the book in the Lake District when I was on holiday recently. I've avoided these books for a while but this one attracted my attention when I saw a photo of Paul T inside!
I am so impressed by your user name - it's so clever!
Hi there

I did actually possess a copy of Barrington's Red Sky at Night in the 80's. I have no idea where it disappeared. He worked in the area around Loch Katrine if I remember correctly. It's a small world.
Hi Freddy,

Thanks for your comments. I think you're absolutely right in everything you say, and it's true that things are improving in terms of the legal system, but there is still a long way to go.

I really enjoyed Lucky (I'm not sure that enjoyed is really the right word bearing in mind what it's about), and thought that Alice Sebold wrote beautifully and honestly about something that must have been truly awful. I came away from the book with a great admiration for her.

Thanks again for your message,

I notice you and I are the only two people who own John Barrington's Red Sky at Night. We bought the book more than ten years ago when we were camping in Scotland, near where Barrington. The next day, shepherds descended the hill with hundreds of sheep in tow. Guess who joined us at our campfire for some wine and good stories? I still regret we didn't ask Barrington to sign his book for us.


Another active caver on LT? I noticed we share the Farr's Great Caving adventure. I unforunately haven't managed to pick up many other caving books. Any of yours that you can recommend? Where do you find them? Should you come across Darkworld also by Farr I do reccomend it as an interesting tale of his explorations in South Wales.
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