Tom Patey (1932-1970) was, at the time of his death, the local GP in Ullapool, a fishing port in north-west Scotland near some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. It was his territory. But it is for his unique character that Tom Patey is still so widely remembered, and missed. No other man has combined his talents as a serious mountaineer, a ribald entertainer, a maker of ballads and a writer of prose and verse.
Chris Bonington needs no introduction. A close friend of Patey's, he climbed with him on many occasions and his introduction provides a moving tribute to him.