Published: 24/02/2014 11:25 - Updated: 24/02/2014 12:55

Daring climber to rope in audiences

Andy Kirkpatrick, Inappropriate Climbing
Extreme climber Andy Kirkpatrick savouring the spectacular view after conquering El Capitan's daunting 3,000ft Reticent Wall in America's Yosemite National Park.


INVERNESS-based mountain-climbing comedian Andy Kirkpatrick will play gigs in his home town and in Aberdeen next month.

Kirkpatrick, a published author, stuntman and rated as the UK's funniest climber, is touring with his show Inappropriate Climbing.

A must-see for anybody who likes their entertainment laced with an air of adventure, Kirkpatrick's show is half "audience with" and half stand-up comedy in style, delivered with the aid of audio-visuals by a man with a penchant for climbing in extreme conditions in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet.

Inappropriate Climbing charts the Hull-born climber's adventures over the last two years, which included helping his 13-year-old daughter to become the youngest girl to conquer Yosemite's vertical 3,000ft El Capitan – a feat filmed for Children's BBC's My Life series.

He has also revisited Norway's Troll Wall, attempted another assault on the North Face of the Eiger, guided sight-loss climber Steve Bate to the top of El Capitan, and undertaken a trip to Antarctica.

A hugely popular speaker and accomplished story-teller who is as as comfortable on stage as he is lashed to an ice-clad mountain in a 100mph storm, Kirkpatrick's adventures have also seen him work as a film and TV stunt safety adviser, most notably with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and for the BBC's Dalziel and Pascoe detective series.

He has also enjoyed success with his two books, Psychovertical and Cold Wars, both of which won the Boardman Tasker Prize.

Kirkpatrick's Inappropriate Climbing show visits Eden Court Theatre, in Inverness, on Sunday, March 9, and Aberdeen's Lemon Tree venue on Monday, March 10.

Tickets for the Inverness show can be booked by calling 01463 289841. For the Aberdeen date, call 01224 641122.

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