Paul is one of Britain's foremost mountaineers.
His subdued and decidedly Yorkshire exterior belies his outstanding mountain resume. While modern climbing has changed in recent years, Paul has held firm to the traditional approach, making first ascents in the greater ranges on strong, aesthetic lines. His efforts have been recognised with a record-breaking four Piolet d'Ors.
Piolet d'Ors are the most sought-after awards in mountaineering. This year, Yorkshireman Paul Ramsden received his fourth, yet most people know very little about him. It's always his climbing partners and fellow trophy-winners who appear in the climbing press.
Paul’s fourth Piolet was for making the first ascent of a 7,000m peak in Tibet last year, with Nick Bullock. Previously, Paul and Mick Fowler received three Piolets d'Or over their years as climbing partners: in 2003 for opening up the North Face of Siguniang in China, in 2013 for their ascent of the Prow of Shiva in India and in 2016 for climbing Gave Ding in one of the remotest regions of Nepal. And yet Paul is no full-time climber – his main job is as an occupational hygienist.
Interviewed for the BMC, Paul said, “When I go to Piolet d’Or award ceremonies I always meet climbers whose lifetime ambition is to win one. They tend to be the full-timers and the bloggers. I find it amusing I’ve got four and I don’t tell anyone about it! I had no idea I’d won one until you told me, and I think I’ll celebrate by cutting my lawn. I’m chuffed, though, don’t get me wrong...”
That’s the kind of Yorkshire spirit Paul will bring to Kendal!