About this book
The extraordinary autobiography of a brilliant young climber who began life as one of the last generation of British miners. The book tells the story of his 1997 trip to the Himalayas in which he achieved a courageous first ascent on one of the steepest and most difficult summits in the world. Seventeen days into Andy's trip, only he and two other team-mates arrived back at base camp.
At the age of sixteen, Andy Cave followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and became a miner - one of the last recruits into a dying world. Every day he would descend 3,000 feet into Grimethorpe pit. But at weekends Andy escaped from the pithead to a very different world - testing his nerve on the cliffs and mountains around Britain.