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New film profiles climber Mick Fowler

Written by Fiona

February 06 2024

Mick Fowler reflects on his climbing career spanning almost 50 years in a new short film. Outdoor retailer Blacks has teamed up with the Berghaus athlete for the 15-minute film as part of their Everyday Life Outdoors series.

The production includes an interview with Mick about his experiences and motivations, as well as his plans for the future. The film is free to view and includes archive images from some of the 67-year-old mountaineer’s most significant expeditions in the UK and around the world.

The Everyday Life Outdoors series seeks to inspire people with authentic and amazing stories from the outdoor community.

Who is Mick Fowler?

Mick is one of the world’s most accomplished and respected climbers. First introduced to rock climbing and mountaineering by his father at the age of 10, Mick has been climbing prolifically since the 1970s.

During almost five decades, he has made numerous ground-breaking first ascents, initially gaining a reputation on routes in the Highlands of Scotland and then in the Alps and greater ranges of the world.

The Observer newspaper once described Mick as “the mountaineer’s mountaineer” and he has scooped numerous honours from the climbing world, including The King Albert Medal for Mountain Achievement and three Piolets d’Or, the most prestigious awards in mountaineering.

Specialising in technically challenging peaks between 6000m and 7000m, Mick has been a regular expedition climber since 1982, with numerous first ascents in the Himalaya. He joined the Berghaus athlete team in 2008 and has since been putting the brand’s most technical gear to the test.

In 2017, Mick was diagnosed with cancer and underwent extensive treatment, involving an ostomy (a procedure to re-direct the bowel to an exit through an opening in the abdomen wall). Mick has returned to expeditions and now explores the Himalaya with the additional challenge of using a colostomy bag.

See Mick Fowler film

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