Alpinist: What sparked your interest in writing about artists devoted to climbing? Why focus on Andy Parkin?

Ed Douglas: I had the idea some time ago, but itís important to know that Iím not an artist; Iím a writer. Iím interested in the origins of narrativeóand narrative is really just a line through time, which is what these artists are doing through space.

Andy Parkin was an obvious choice. Heís an artist who not only builds narrative into his artwork, but also into his climbing.





Andy Parkin in his studio. [Photo] Ed Luke