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Andy Nisbet

Scottish mountaineer

Died when: 65 years 259 days (788 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Andy Nisbet

Andrew Nisbet (22 May 1953 – 5 February 2019) was a Scottish mountaineer, guide, climbing instructor, and editor of climbing guidebooks.Regarded as a pioneer of mixed rock and ice climbing techniques, he built a 45-year reputation as an innovator by developing over 1,000 new winter climbing routes in Scotland, of which 150 were at Grade V, or above.

Nisbet began hill walking in Aberdeen as a youngster, and was the second youngest person at the time to summit all 280 Scottish Munros.

Nicknamed "The Honey Monster", he was married to accomplished climber Gillian Elizabeth Nisbet, with whom he established over 40 routes, until her death in 2006.

He died at age 65 in 2019 with friend and climbing partner Steve Perry, whilst attempting a new winter route on Ben Hope.

He was described as "The most experienced winter climber of his generation", and "The most active prolific mountaineer that Scotland has ever produced".

He was a president of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, and was awarded the 'Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture' in 2014.

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