Over the decades Andy went to incredible lengths to bring climbers a highly accurate and detailed record of the tens of thousands of climbs across Scotland in the SMC’s climber’s guidebook series. Known for his boundless enthusiasm, humour and pioneering attitude, Andy exemplified the passion for mountain culture that this award celebrates. Andy’s life’s passion was exploring and opening hundreds of new routes on Scotland’s mountains and sharing his unparalleled knowledge of the Scottish cliffs in his guidebooks.
With almost 1,000 new winter routes to his name he made far more first ascents in winter than any other Scottish climber. With these first ascents, he introduced many climbers to new cliffs and corners of the country they might not otherwise have discovered. Every climber who has picked up a guidebook to inspire and inform them owes Andy a huge debt for his commitment and enthusiasm.
He will be sadly missed.