Book of the Month: Uncoiling the Ropes

Climbing memoir to read over Christmas

Hi Team Intrepid!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the end of the year. If you can spare 2 min, we’d really appreciate it if you can fill out this very quick survey to help us plan 2021. Yes you. Really, you - whoever you are - you count. We’d like to hear from you (before Friday) about what you like about Intrepid Magazine and how we could do better.

This will be our last email of the year. We wish you all a good close to 2020 and a great start to 2021. Whether you’re frantically adventure planning for next year or riding down to the end of the year (tbh I feel like I’m doing both!) we hope you have a good one.


This month’s book is a climbing memoir by Clare Sheridan. She recreates in vivid detail the fears, the triumphs and the losses of a lifetime of heart-stopping adventures. Highly engaging and disarmingly honest, Uncoiling the Ropes gives a rare insight into the experience of a woman who has beaten her own path through the male-dominated world of mountaineering. With its reflections on risk and courage, motherhood, self-belief and the joy of living fearlessly, this thought-provoking memoir is a powerful read.

You can start reading in the members’ library here or buy a copy from Amazon or through No Alibis Bookstore online.


  • The Adventure Queens Grant is open until 31st December. £500+ worth of kit and mentoring for a first-time or new-ish adventurer. You can apply here.

  • Kim Swims is a documentary about Kim Chambers’ attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles through a stretch of cold, rough and shark-inhabited waters off of the San Francisco coast. Watch the trailer here.

  • Jessica de Korte has made a video about cycling from Milan to Rome across the Apennines Mountains, on an ebike. Watch it.

  • If you haven’t seen this interview with Jenny Davis on Mpora, it’s worth a read. Insight into her solo trip to the south pole and gruesome leg pictures.

  • National Geographic have done an interview with mountaineer Ariane Staubli, one of 39 female mountain guides in Switzerland.

  • Alice Morrison writes about her walk across Morocco for Metro.

Happy reading and see you all in the new year,