Rock climbing legend's autobiography to be published by Sheffield outdoor specialist Vertebrate Publishing.
Sheffield's Vertebrate Publishing is doing a fantastic job of cornering the market in modern British climbing literature and the latest recruit to the Sheffield specialist's stable - should that be 'cellar' - is none other than Ben Moon who, along with Johnny Dawes and Jerry Moffatt dominated British rock climbing in the last two decades of the 20th Century.
Moon's autobiography, provisionally titled Statement is due out in September 2013, so don't go goggling for it just yet, with smooth-writing outdoors journalist Ed Douglas apparently set to cooperate with Ben on the production of the book.
Among other things, Moon in 1990, make the first ascent of a climb called Hubble at Raven Tor in the Peak District, at that time the first climb to be graded F8c+ - in layman's terms, 'mind-bogglingly hard' - and the hardest climb ever at that time.
Moon is now a successful businessman running his own climbing equipment and clothing company, Moon Climbing.
John Coefield, Vertebrate’s Publishing Manager commented: "we're motivated at Vertebrate to publish books that we want to read, and I think Ben's is a fascinating story that needs to be told. His hardcore sport climbing and bouldering legacy belies a thoughtful personality that speaks to the heart of climbing. He's a climber for life, and his life story will make for a great read."
Good news in our book, Vertebrate does a great job with both guidebooks and more general outdoor literature and Statement should be well worth waiting for.
Full news release on the Vertebrate web site: www.v-publishing.co.uk.