Tom Livingstone is an extremely accomplished mountain climber. With experience rooted in Scotland and the European Alps, we explore his high-altitude first ascents, facing adversity, and planning for the mountains.
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A Love For The Mountains
Finding the mountains later in life after an adventurous childhood, Tom has gone on to achieve so much. What is clear from talking to him is his love and passion for climbing. Spending spare moments on Google Earth searching for untouched routes, mountains are nearly always on the mind.
Climbing in an alpine style allows him to take more care too. Less presence on the mountains, climbing himself, and leaving no trace allow a minimal impact to be made on our ever increasingly fragile environment.
It was also fascinating to chat to Tom about the dangers that mountains can bring too. Directly, he has had to pull his friend out of a crevasse and take care of him. Indirectly, he has opened a new route just days after fellow climbers died attempting the same thing.
“Of course it affects you, you wouldn’t be human if it didn’t”
For Tom, it’s a question of how much he wants it. Assessing weather it was an environmental mistake or just that of judgement, and cracking on in the safest way possible. Hear more on what he has to say in the podcast!
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