DOW Hall Publications Fund
Criteria for the DOW Hall fund:
- to provide financial assistance for the publication of alpine literature
- should fall within the objects of the club
- should have literary merit
- should be of original or creative nature
- unlikely to be published without financial assistance
- wherever possible monies granted should be repaid to the club, in part or full.
Please send applications for this fund addressed to the Publications Convenor care of [email protected]
Current projects – grants awarded
The fund is currently supporting the following books yet to be published. Titles yet to be finalised.
- By Lyn McKinnon, Invincible Spirit, a biography of Dan Bryant, part of early Himalayan exploration. Expected publication date 2023. -$2000
- By Paul Maxim, the working title of this snap-shot history of mountaineering in New Zealand through 25 selected climbs is Aotearoa 25 (Paul Maxim Publishing). Expected publication date 2023 – $2500
- By Ray Salisbury, EPIC - Adventures Across Aotearoa, a book covering feats of endurance across New Zealand (Exisle Publishing Ltd). Expected publication date, October 2023 - $1000.
Past recipients of the DOW Hall Fund
- Colin Monteath, Erebus a portrait of an Antarctic volcano, a book on Mt Erebus in Antarctica (Massey University Press). Published August 2023. Buy online
- Gavin Lang, an illustrated title of all 24 of the 3000m mountains in the Southern Alps of NZ with high-quality photographs and stories. There will also be a short film documentary produced covering the storytelling angles not possible in the book. Seeking the Light: climbing all 24 of New Zealand’s Southern Alps Mountains above 3000m (publisher Potton & Burton). Publication date 2022. Buy online
- Shaun Barnett, Across the Pass: a collection of writing about tramping in New Zealand (Otago University Press). This title spans over two centuries of writing on a wide range of tramping accounts from early exploration of the mountains, bush excursions and coastal walks to trans-alpine traverses. Published in 2021.
- By Ron Hay, a book of recollections on the adventure, beauty, danger and call of the mountains is titled The Spirit of the Mountains (Mary Egan Publishing). Published 2021.
- By Paul Hersey, a mountaineering novel about love, loss and redemption, the bonds between family and the outdoors and taking those rarest opportunities to try to right past wrongs is Protection (Imaginary Mountain Surveyors – Canmore). Published July 2020 – Buy online
- Hugh D. Wilson, Field Guide: Wild Plants of Mount Cook National Park (October 1978)
- Chris Maclean, John Pascoe (Craig Potton Publishing, 2003)
- Norman Hardie, On My Own Two Feet: The Life of a Mountaineer (Canterbury University Press, 2006)
- Pat Deavoll, Wind From a Distant Summit (Craig Potton Publishing, 2011)
- Graham Langton, Summits and Shadows: Jack Clarke and New Zealand Mountaineering (Steele Roberts, 2011)
- Paul Maxim, Bold Beyond Belief: Bill Denz; New Zealand’s Mountain Warrior (Maxim Books, 2011) Buy online
- John Wilson, Joy of the Mountains, a climber’s life John Harrison 1932-1966 (Anne McGregor, 2012) Buy online
- Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint, Shelter from the Storm, the story of backcountry huts in New Zealand (Craig Potton Publishing 2012)
- Brian Wilkins, Among Secret Beauties: a memoir of mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas (Otago University Press 2013)
- David Harrowfield, New Zealand’s Mountain History (publisher cancelled the release of this title)
- Laurence Fearnley, Lydia Bradey: going up is easy (Penguin 2016)
- Lyn McKinnon, Only Two For Everest: how the first ascent by Riddiford and Cotter shaped climbing history (Otago University Press 2016)
- Peter Alsop, Dave Bamford and Lee Davidson, Scenic Playground: the story behind New Zealand’s mountain tourism (Te Papa Press). Winner of the 2019 New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival. Book released Nov 2018 Buy online
- Edited by Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, the working title of this non-fiction anthology of both published and unpublished historical mountaineering extracts from NZ’s past is: To the Mountains: a collection of New Zealand Alpine Writing (Otago University Press). ‘Gems of mountaineering writing from known and unknown sources – from romanticism to misery, towering precipices to blistered feet.’