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Tides

A Climber's Voyage
Narrated by: Nick Bullock
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Summary

Winner: Mountain Literature Award, Banff Mountain Book Festival 2018.  

Shortlisted for the 2018 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature.  

Nick Bullock is a climber who lives in a small, green van, flitting between Llanberis, Wales, and Chamonix in the French Alps. Tides, Nick’s second work, is the much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Echoes.  

Now retired from the strain of work as a prison officer, Nick is free to climb. A lot. Tides is a treasury of his antics and adventures with some of the world’s leading climbers, including Steve House, Kenton Cool, Nico Favresse, Andy Houseman, and James McHaffie. Follow Nick and his partners as they push the limits on some of the world’s most serious routes: The Bells! The Bells! on Gogarth’s North Stack Wall; the Slovak Direct on Denali; Guerdon Grooves on Buachaille Etive Mor; and the north faces of Chang Himal and Mount Alberta, among countless others.  

Nick’s life can be equated to the rhythm of the sea. At high tide, he climbs, he loves it, he is good at it; he laughs and jokes, scares himself, falls, gets back up, and climbs some more. Then the tide goes out, and he finds himself alone, exposed, all questions and no answers. Self-doubt, grieving for friends or family, fearful, sometimes opinionated, occasionally angry - his writing more honest and exposed than in any account of a climb. Only when the tide turns is he able to forget once more.  

Tides is a gripping memoir that captures the very essence of what it means to dedicate one’s life to climbing.

©2017 Nick Bullock (P)2019 Vertebrate Publishing

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Go climbing with the Hippy!

Thought provoking, inspiring and extremely well written /narrated. You don't have to be a climber to appreciate this book.

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  • Susan
  • 13-03-19

Clever Title and a Few Good Lines

Perhaps, this is a book that is not suitable for audio translation. I suppose the worst part was that the author read the book himself. It will put you to sleep because it seems like he is speaking a foreign language. There are a few wonderful descriptions of wildlife and scenery. Maybe he had no editor.The first 6 hours or so are too explanatory of his battle between relationships with women who turn out to be jealous of his greatest, all consuming love. He tried. The great bear story, about 7 hours into the audio, is one story not to be missed. The last couple of hours lapse into a mixed jumble of climbs interspersed with his Mom's death and moving the houseboat, where his father lives, to a new slip after being evicted from the old mooring. The description of his father ; a tea imbiber (replacing booze), a smoker of cigarettes and inveterate TV watcher....helps to explain Nick's need to be the opposite.