One Man’s Legacy: Tom Patey

written by Mike Dixon


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One Man’s Legacy chronicles the brief but brilliant life of Dr Tom Patey: bard, musician, and one of Scotland’s foremost climbers and mountaineers. His story is one of pioneering ascents and boundless enthusiasm, and his spontaneity, carefree approach and ability to burn the candle at both ends remain legendary, several decades after his untimely death.

By drawing on Patey’s essays and verses, published collectively in the celebrated One Man’s Mountains, the narrative is imbued with dry wit and gentle satire, and brought to life by unseen images from renowned photographer John Cleare and the Patey family archive. Supported by a foreword from Mick Fowler and first-hand insights from some of the leading climbers of the last century, including Sir Chris Bonington, Joe Brown and Paul Nunn, One Man’s Legacy celebrates a complex, larger-than-life character who rightly deserves his place in mountaineering history.


Hardback with 464 pages
Illustrated in colour throughout
Size: 160mm x 220 mm (portrait)
ISBN: 978-1-907233-46-3

Printed in Europe on PEFC certified paper

About the author

Mike Dixon was born and grew up in the Colwyn Bay area of North Wales. He moved to Scotland for his higher education and has lived in Inverness since 1987. His writing has appeared in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal, Northwords Now, The Press and Journal newspaper and on the website UK Hillwalking. Mountaineering trips have taken him all over the world, but his favourite places are still amongst the mountains, coasts and islands of Scotland, Wales and Ireland.