Alan Hinkes – Mountains above your average


We love our fans, they come from all over the UK and beyond, from different backgrounds and different classes. It’s humbling that something as simple (and tasty) as a Pork Pie can be a leveller of society, because nobody will ever judge that extra-large dollop of piccalilli or second dip into the brown sauce when it comes to a Vale of Mowbray pork pie.

However, we must admit, that once in a while, we hear about a fan and we are in awe. Ladies and Gentleman, the great Alan Hinkes is a self confessed lover of our pies, he’s always spoke very highly of them on his social media, so we thought it would be best to tell our community a little more about this Great Briton.

‘Death Zone’

Alan Hinkes is the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains.  These are the 14, 8000m peaks, all of which are in the ‘death zone’, where human survival rate is measured in hours. These are the 14 peaks for all you fact fans out there;

  1. Everest (Nepal/China) 8,848m (29,029 ft)
  2. K2 (Pakistan/China) 8,614m (28,261 ft)
  3. Kangchenjunga (Nepal/India) 8,586m (28,169 ft)
  4. Lhotse (Nepal/China) 8,516m (27,940 ft)
  5. Makalu (Nepal/China) 8,485m (27,838 ft)
  6. Cho Oyu (Nepal/China) 8,188m (26,864 ft)
  7. Dhaulagiri I (Nepal) 8,167m (26,795 ft)
  8. Manaslu (Nepal) 8,163m (26,781 ft)
  9. Nanga Parbat (Pakistan) 8,125m (26,657 ft)
  10. Annapurna I (Nepal) 8,091m (26,545 ft)
  11. Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) (Pakistan/China) 8,080m (26,510 ft)
  12. Broad Peak (Pakistan/China) 8,051m (26,414 ft)
  13. Gasherbrum II (Pakistan/China)  8,035m (26,362 ft)
  14. Shishapangma (China) 8,027 meters (26,335 ft)

They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet.  Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon.  Many have perished attempting this challenge.

Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School, North Yorkshire, just a stone’s throw away from Vale of Mowbray!  He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.

He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits.  He is an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book 8000 Meters Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains won TGO Awards Outdoor Book of the Year.

Alan Hinkes – At the summit of Everest (May 1996)


Man of the Year

Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.  He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshire man of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Professional Studies, University of Teesside and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid.  He is involved in charitable work including : Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.

Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fell-walking.  You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.

I think it’s safe to say, that Alan is a super-human, an inspiration, and we are over the moon he likes our pies. Now, how many pies will we need to recreate an 8000m peak, we’ve got a great idea for a photo shoot…

You can find Alan on the usual platforms, give him a like and follow his adventures

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