Between Rocks and Cold Places
Bob Shepton is an ordained minister but spends most of his time sailing into the Arctic and making first ascents of inaccessible mountains. No tea parties for this vicar.
Published by Bloomsbury Press, this is a book, which if read at the right age, will change your outlook on life. Your reviewer is far too old for that, but nevertheless the book will leave a lasting impression on any reader. It is the life story, so far, of an ordained minister, trained in the Royal Marines as a Cliff Leader and working as a Chaplin and leader of school expeditions taking young people all over the world. Following the example of the great explorer Tilman, he also undertook solo sailing and ski mountaineering expeditions with many first ascents in rarely visited remote regions.
On a personal level he suffered the loss of an adopted child, a near death experience when his boat caught fire and was a total loss and then an enforced early retirement from a job that he loved. For all this Bob Shepton, still continues an adventurous life and the book includes fascinating details about voyages and landings as far apart as South Georgia and the Northwest Passage.