24 July 2011


I’ve been working on a memoir for the last few years.  It is now finished and printed. I’m more than happy to send out copies.  However I have to charge NZ$40 a copy (NZ postage inclusive) for them. I’ll get extras printed if you contact me by E-mail or do the modern thing and put it directly in our bank account which is 02-0342-0003674-000.  If you do the latter make sure I know who you are and that I have your postal address.  I’ll respond and let you know when to expect the book. 

The pages are stitched and here are roughly 65 000 words, 155 pages and 120 photographs, both black and white and colour.  A good proportion of it is about outdoor experiences, especially in the mountains. Here is the contents page. And a photo from the book.

Contents of "One Foot After Another"
Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Family Origins 9
Bristol Channel—Pill and Penarth—Ireland—Kent—Pennsylvania—Pahiatua
Chapter 2 Growing Up 15
Before the War—During the War—Post-War (Hastings, Kaponga, Christchurch)—
Xavier College
Chapter 3 Getting There 33
Compulsory Military Training—Early University Training—Lincoln College—
Australia—Catherine—Veterinary Science
Chapter 4 Life at the Workface 46
Christchurch Again—Wallaceville—Ruakura—Bracken Journeys
Chapter 5 Hunting and Fishing Days 58
Chapter 6 Mountains... only Mountains 67
CMC 1952-1955—Easters, Rangitata and Rakaia—Arrowsmiths and Rakaia—
Cook River—Balfour aborted—Fox Glacier—Antarctica—Queensland—Later Climbs
Chapter 7 National Park Summits 94
Franklin—Manuoha—Evans—Anglem—Te Mapou—Owen—Lodge
Chapter 8 Nights Out 109
Waimakariri Flats—Lawrence Valley—Mt Cook—Mt Hicks—
Arrowsmith Rescue—Tutoko
Chapter 9 Water Journeys 115
Rafting, Kayaking—Fresh and Saltwater Sailing: Noumea, Tonga,
Auckland Islands, North Island Circumnavigation, Tahiti
Chapter 10 Running and Multisport 138
Harriers and Marathons—Multisport
Chapter 11 Travel 141
Australia—India—India Again—India Yet Again—SE Asia—Antarctica—Europe
Chapter 12 Life at Home 147
Sons and Daughters—Pukawa—Hobbies and Interests
Epilogue 152

Jim Wilson and Pete Hillary leaving Noumea

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