The Only Genuine Jones

Two climbers. One victor.

In the visionary climbing community of late 19th century Britain, two rivals clash on and off the crags. No mountain is too hard to climb--no price too high to pay. More

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About Alex Roddie

Hi, I'm Alex. I write books that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of mountaineering in Britain and Europe.

I was born in Huntingdon in 1986. Although having lived in the flatlands of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Lincolnshire for most of my life, I have nurtured a passion for the hills since an early age, and have been writing in one form or another for almost as long. My other great passions are history and the early Romantic period of music.

In 2008 I moved to the Clachaig Inn and lived there for over two years, working behind the bar and climbing in my spare time. Writing suffered a bit of a hiatus as there was simply so much else to do! However, I lived through dozens of adventures that directly inspired my writing, and over several years the idea for a new project developed.

In 2009 I established the successful mountaineering blog, Glencoe Mountaineer, which now provides inspiring stories from the peaks of Scotland under the editorship of my brother James. I conducted the Raeburn Project between 2010 and 2011 to study the performance of Victorian mountaineering equipment in Scottish winter climbing scenarios.

I have been writing about mountains and mountaineering ever since. My goal is a simple one: to bring the drama, heroism, and beauty of the mountains into the lives of everyone. I strongly believe that the British hills aren't only for mountaineers and climbers, and that you don't have to be the member of an elite group to enjoy them.

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