About

 

Freddie Wilkinson portraitThe Nameless Creature is the creative home of writer, guide, and climber Freddie Wilkinson. He believes that any adventure is only as good as the stories you bring home. For inquiries about guided climbs and technical instruction, please visit the Cathedral Mountain Guides website.

Freddie Wilkinson is an adventure writer known for his original and substantive style. His in-depth reporting on the 2008 K2 season changed public perception of the tragedy by telling the story through the eyes of the climbing-Sherpas, and resulted in the narrative non-fiction book One Mountain Thousand Summits (2010). His writing has appeared in Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Outside, The New York Times, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, and online at the Huffington Post. Wilkinson has also written and co-directed two documentary films, The Old Breed (2012), which won awards from the Kendall Mountain Festival and the Boulder Adventure Film Festival, and the upcoming The Sanctity of Space (2014).

From the teahouses of Khumbu Himal to obscure glaciers of the Alaska Range to storm-lashed Patagonian spires, Wilkinson is an alpinist known for his infectious energy and original lines of ascent. In 2012, Wilkinson received the prestigious Piolet d’Or for making the first ascent of Saser Kangri II, the second highest unclimbed mountain in the world at the time. His climbing adventures have also been recognized with both the Robert Hicks Bates Award and the Lyman Spitzer Award from the American Alpine Club, the Mugs Stump Award, The McNeil- Nott Award, and a grant from the National Geographic Expeditions Council. Wilkinson has been a member of the Mountain Hardwear Athlete Team since 2008 and is supported by Clif Bar, Julbo, La Sportiva, Petzl, and Sterling Rope.

Wilkinson lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he is a partner at Cathedral Mountain Guides and frequently lectures on adventure topics.

Ethics Statement:

“As an adventure writer and an active alpine climber, I occasionally report on stories that involve friends of mine and subjects that I am intimately familiar with. I believe my deep involvement in mountain communities around the world is what allows me to bring unique perspectives to the stories I write. I am also conscious of the fact that it’s my responsibility to get the facts right, and to fairly represent myself and others in my work.

“Am I bias? Occasionally, yes – but in a good way. Every week I notice stories that inspire me, disgust me, that I feel need to be told. I believe that too many histories slip by unrecorded, that too many stories are never told.”

– Freddie Wilkinson

“Omniscient narrators are like god – they exist so we don’t have to think.” – Errol Morris

About the Name:

It’s amazing how beauty, once touched, can turn to pain. The marvels of high mountains always promise a hyperspiritual relationship, buit once approached they surprisingly ask only for blood, sweat, and tears. Isn’t it funny that a similar deceptive charm rules passionate human relations? – V. Kurtyka, Alpinist no. 11.

Literary Representation:

I am represented by Ian Kleinert at Objective Entertainment and Bruce Ostler at Bret Adams.