FIVA - An Adventure That Went Wrong. Gordon Stainforth

On-line comments about FIVA on Twitter, Facebook, and other internet forums

Not just for craghoppers
@gordonsta One of the best bits of story telling, not just for craghoppers.
Hilary McKay retweeted:
Nov 23: Delighted to see Fiva getting 58th 5-star Amazon review ‘One of the best mt adventure/climbing books in recent times’
Hilary McKay ‏@hilary_mckay, Twitter, 2 Dec 2014

An incredible story, written so well!
@gordonsta Just finished reading Fiva, what an incredible story written so well!
Jonny Forster ‏@Jonny4ster, Twitter, 1 Dec 2014

Buy this book and be amazed
Buy this book on Amazon and be amazed by the sheer enormity of what twin teenagers Gordon and John Stainforth attempted in terms of a 'quick' rock climb one Sunday in Norway.
Stephen Scott-Fawcett‬‬‬, Twitter, 27 Nov 2014

Sweating palms ... excellent
This armchair climber had to put Fiva down ... to dry my sweating palms ... excellent. The sheer enormity of what twin teenagers Gordon and John Stainforth attempted in terms of a 'quick' rock climb one Sunday in Norway.
George Jones (Mansel Architects), Facebook, 7 Oct 2014

@gordonsta one of the best I've read in ages! Brilliant! Big up JB.
Garry fellows ‏@gazfellows‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 Oct 2014

In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
I'm not surprised that he liked it. I've got a signed copy and it's a treasured possession, it's a really cracking read. I couldn't put it down till I'd finished it. Sat up till about 1am in a campsite reading it.
mattrm, UKClimbing, 7 Oct 2014

Am absolutely aghast, gobsmacked, astounded, etc. Have just heard 'through the grapevine', from a very reliable source, that Joe Brown (no less) has recently read my book 'Fiva' and really likes it, is raving about it etc. Will find out more tomorrow, I hope.
Gordon Stainforth‬‬‬, UKClimbing, 7 Oct 2014

A climbing book so incredible that it dwarfs even fiction
Some real life climbing books are so incredible that they dwarf even fiction:-
Touching the Void
The Last Blue Mountain
No Picnic on Mt Kenya
Trangia‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 27 Jun 2014

Fascinating with a few chuckles too!
@gordonsta Just finished Fiva, fascinating with a few chuckles too!
mark irwin ‏@mjirwin1705‬‬‬, Twitter, 6 Jun 2014

I really felt I understood
Have you read Gordon Stainforth's book Fiva? There was something refreshingly simple about how Gordon described the climbing itself (something often missing) and his physical and mental state. I really felt like I understood the route he was on and could therefore empathise with him.
Oujmik‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 6 Jun 2014

A classic must read
@gordonsta I honestly think it will become a classic must read the sort of book you read when planning your first big climbing trip
paul hanks ‏@The_Data_Adonis‬‬‬, Twitter, 18 May 2014

Unbelievably crazy situations.
I do like the books where people get themselves in to unbelievably crazy situations and by some force of will survive to tell the tale. Andy Kirkpatrick’s Cold Wars is a good example, as is Fiva by Gordon Stainforth. Walter Bonatti is superb to read and shows that its not just the surviving but the carrying on when all seems lost that really sets people apart. I enjoyed Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane especially the chapter about Rannoch Moor. You see all these adventures I can have too and that is the real story I guess.
Paul Besley, UKClimbing forums, 10 April 2014

The best recent release for me.
Troll Wall by Tony Howard was excellent as was Fiva by Gordon Stainforth, which was the best recent release for me.
Tom Last, UKClimbing forum 'Climbing books that are worth a read', 20 February 2014

Fiva is great!
I agree, Fiva is great ! I paid full price however :)
Name lost, UKClimbing forum 'Climbing books that are worth a read', 20 February 2014

Breathtaking stuff
+ 1 to that. breathtaking stuff, the ending always seems in doubt, even though clearly its not....
I like climbing‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'Climbing books that are worth a read', 20 February 2014

Really enjoyed it
Just finished Fiva . . . . Really enjoyed it and at £1.25 from the local charity shop great value too ( sorry Gordon! )
coinneach‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'Climbing books that are worth a read', 20 February 2014

A modern classic
Gordon Stainforth's 'Fiva' is a must read...a modern classic ;)
Nicholas Livesey‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'Climbing books that are worth a read', 20 February 2014

I have just read "Fiva" by Gordon Stainforth.  Wow!  If you want a good absorbing read for a journey, take this with you.  Its a true story of how two brothers went to climb the fearsome Troll Wall in Norway, back in 1969.Thinking it would be a much easier climb than it was, they go unprepared and...  well, read it.
Sue Knight‬‬‬, SUE KNIGHT'S BLOG, 10 February 2014

One of the best
Must re-read Fiva myself. One of the best … and the 5* review ratio on that one is boggling!
Alex Roddie‬‬‬, Facebook, 3 February 2014

Fiva is a belter
Couldn’t agree more. Fiva is a belter, first book in years I read in one sitting.
Andy Whitmore‬‬‬, Facebook, 3 February 2014

Felt like I was on the Troll Wall with them
Read this in December last year. I felt like I was on the Troll Wall with them. I’m currently reading Walter Bonatti’s ‘Mountains of My Life’; another worthwhile read.
Wyn Williams‬‬‬, Facebook, 3 February 2014

A total gripper!
Just finished re-reading Gordon Stainforth's brilliant Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong...a total gripper!
Nick Livesey‬‬‬, Facebook, 3 February 2014

@gordonsta Just finished reading #Fiva. What an epic and beautifully written. Makes my days out on Kinder seem like playshool. #mustread
paul ‏@rockandfell‬‬‬, Twitter, 24 January 2014

Top notch
Fiva by Gordon Stainforth, old school adventure and expertly written. Top notch.
the_birds_and_bees‬‬‬,, 3 January 2014

Can't beat a good epic
Can't beat a good epic: how about "Touching the Void" or "Fiva"?
Mark Bull‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 11 December 2013

Highly recommended
... as for Fiva, one of my work colleagues read it the other day (no promting by me... another non-climber recommended it) and was very complementory.
Offwidth‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 11 December 2013

Heart-stopping fear
Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong by Gordon Stainforth. Has the ring of authenticity and heart stopping fear...
Ishwara ‏@IshwaraYoga‬‬‬, Twitter, 18 November 2013

’As gripping as Touching the Void’
Back then, your Top Ten included Touching The Void, The Shining Mountain and Slender Thread. What would you add to that list as the last five years have passed and do you think the quality of mountain writing has improved or is there simply now a more varied level of quality? Does that matter?
Andy Kirkpatrick’s books are on my list to read (Andy Cave and Andy Kirkpatrick will both be speaking at KMF) as well as Fiva by Gordon Stainforth. I’ve heard it’s as gripping as Touching the Void.
Andy Cave interview‬‬‬,, 8 November 2013

Extremely entertaining and exciting
Not long finished FIVA! and found it extremely entertaining and exciting. Read it cover to cover during a 36 hour marathon trip from LA to Manchester, the trip seemed to pass rather quickly thanks to that book. Thank you!
wilkie14c‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 16 September 2013

A great read
@gordonsta Just finished reading it yesterday. A good choice of narrative style and a great read - well deserved!
Mark Horrell @markhorrell‬‬‬, Twitter, 19 August 2013
in reply to:
Gosh, #Fiva now no.3 in Amazon uk mountaineering books. After 18 months its sales are ever stronger. Means people like it. Thanks, readers.
Gordon Stainforth @gordonsta, Twitter, 19 August 2013

Hi Gordon - Having just read the fantastic Fiva in France on holiday, I think that would be a great text to motivate older lads to read.
Mark @rem2ram‬‬‬, Direct msg on Twitter, 19 August 2013

Great read!!
I can't believe I finished this book within the day of starting it!! This sounds exactly like something me and my bro would do! Great read!!
Nicholas Potts @nicholaspotts‬‬‬, Direct msg on Twitter, 1 August 2013

Brilliant stuff!
@gordonsta just finished FIVA in less than a day - couldn't put it down. Brilliant stuff!
Oli Reed ‏@olireedoutdoors‬‬‬, Twitter, 14 July 2013

Amazing book
Did all my holiday reading in one go last night. Sat down with @gordonsta’s Fiva and couldn’t stop. Amazing book.
Christopher Sleight ‏@csleight‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 July 2013

5 stars
I was lucky to win two 5* reviewed books, Fiva by @gordonsta and The only genuine Jones @alex_roddie. Looking forward to reading them both.
David Scott ‏@dai_scott‬‬‬, Twitter, 1 July 2013

Great read
@gordonsta Just read your book #Fiva. Great read. That was an #epic adventure!!
Andrew McConochie ‏@Walk_aholics‬‬‬, Twitter, 28 June 2013

Recommended summer holiday reading
#Fiva recommended summer holiday reading for anyone who wonders what's beyond the horizon
@MtneersBooks‬‬‬, Twitter, 15 June 2013

Best book I've read in a couple of years
#Fiva best book I read in a couple of years. Brilliant message for young people on benefits of adventure and understanding and managing risk.
Gareth Price ‏@quietfundraiser‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 June 2013

A brilliant unputdownable adventure book
Just finished a brilliant unputdownable adventure book called #Fiva. Set in 1969 and really refreshing to return to a pre digital world..
Gareth Price ‏@quietfundraiser‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 June 2013

An amazing and honestly written story of survival
"Fiva", an amazing and honestly written story of survival. @gordonsta I admire your courage and skill to bring back the past, good and bad.
Sari Latva-Pukkila ‏@latvasa‬‬‬, Twitter, 1 June 2013

I loved FIVA
@gordonsta @DirectAuthors Great news Gordon! I loved FIVA, so can't wait to read your new foray into Sci-Fi! Keep us all updated :)
Tony Grant ‏@TonyinTokyo‬‬‬, Twitter, 31 May 2013

The magnetism of Fiva
Got my copy of The Peak Past And Present yesterday by Gordon Stainforth. Wow, what a superb book … a real climbers book, [with] the same magnetism as FIVA.
Edward Dalton‬‬‬, Facebook, 24 May 2013

One of the best books I've ever read
Just been chatting with Gordon Stainforth about his superb book FIVA, an absolute must to read. It was one of the best books I've ever read. Just ordered a copy of Peak Past and Present by Gordon so I am avidly awaiting its arrival.
Edward Dalton‬‬‬, Facebook, 17 May 2013

Superb read, one of my all time favourites
Hi, nice to see a face to fit the book. Superb read, one of my all time favourites. This was a difficult book to put down. Must admit, I had seen it sitting there on the shelf at the Outside shop for quite a while and just past it by. Then about a few months later, this is back last year I heard that it was based around Norway. Well red rag to a bull, back in to the shop and the book's mine. The rest is history. Anyway nice to have met even if its over the net, cheers, Ed
Edward Dalton‬‬‬, Facebook, 16 May 2013

Really enjoyed it
@gordonsta -really enjoyed fiva. All climbers enjoy & relate to the story of a climb gone wrong. glad my epic wasn't quite as epic as yours.
jake armitage @j4karmitage‬‬‬, Twitter, 3 April 2013

FIVA! What a read!
... now what? (book reccomendations)
Just finished reading FIVA - what a bloody good book and def now 2nd favourite climbing book. Need some inspiration for the next one.
Recently working my way through some modern classics as well.
nightmonkeyuk‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 25 March 2013

Favourite mountaineering book
What's your favourite climbing, walking or mountaineering book. Tell us on World Book Day here - there may be prizes!
BMC @Team_BMC‬‬‬
Most memorable book is Running High by Hugh Symonds. Very motivating and inspirational. Recently I enjoyed Fiva.
John Mills ‏@Tryfanbach‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 March 2013

Favourite climbing or walking book?
Edale Mountain Rescue Team asked:'On World Book Day, what's your favourite climbing or walking book?'
"Touching the Void". "FIVA" by Gordon Stainforth is a close second.
Dave Torr‬‬‬, Facebook, 7 March 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed Gordon's Fiva talk
Great day at #SheffAdvFilmFest. Thoroughly enjoyed Gordon Stainforth lecture on "Fiva". Back tomorrow for Best of Shaff and Awards.
Paul Jarvis ‏@paulgjarvis‬‬‬, Twitter, 2 March 2013

Very enjoyable
Just read your "Fiva" btw, very enjoyable!
Steve John B‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'What are you reading?, 25 February 2013

Darn good yarn
Just about to finish "Fiva". Darn good yarn.
JLS‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'What are you reading?, 20 February 2013

Gets to the "soul" of a climbing experience
Re. Gordon expressing the "soul" of a climbing experience, might I recommend a read of his account of a "rather harrowing" day or two early in his climbing career - it's entitled "Fiva" after the name of the route concerned.
Martin Bennett‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 19 February 2013

A fab read
FIVA: An adventure that went wrong. Gordon Stainforth. A fab read.
Glyn Rose‬‬‬, Inspirational Books,, 17 February 2013

Just loved it
Just finished reading Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong by Gordon Stainforth. It is the story of how the youthful Gordon and John Stainforth (twins) climbed a route on the the Troll Wall in Norway. A real page turner of a book, and the winner of the Banff Mountain Literature Award 2012. Just loved it.
Philip Children‬‬‬, Facebook, 16 February 2013

Great read
‪@gordonsta‬ just finished ‪#Fiva‬ couldn't put it down. Great read although bit of a toe curler! Hope it does well.
Lisa O'Keefe ‏‪@OKeefeLisa‬‬‬, Twitter, 6 February 2013

Brilliant book
Finished reading #Fiva @gordonsta last night. Brilliant book. A real must-have on the bookshelf!
Stuart Rose @stuartjamesrose‬‬, Twitter, 3 February 2013

An amazing read
On the subject of Troll Wall, I'm currently reading Gordon Stainforth's 'FIVA', which is an account of an epic that he and his twin brother had there when both aged 19; having naively thought that a couple of year's climbing and doing a few multipitches in North Wales was adequate experience for a 2000m+ long route here. It's a bit like 'Touching the Void' for old school punters, and written in a way that any average climber who's had a bit of an epic can really relate to. It is such an amazing read that as soon as I finished it the first time I went straight back to the start to read it again. It actually made me weep at one point. Thoroughly recommended anyway.
CathS, Leeds Mountaineering Club Bulletin Boards, 31 January 2013

Excellent book
'Fiva' by Gordon Stainforth is another excellent book detailing a major epic he had climbing in the shadow of the Troll Wall in Norway in the 60s. I read this book in two long sittings, I couldn't put the dan thing down!
Rob Lilley (Manchester, UK)‬‬, forums, 26 January 2013

Love it
In reply to a tweet in which Gordon thanked Kenton cool for giving Fiva such a great plug immediately before Gordon gave his talk at the Outdoors Show
‪@gordonsta‬ ‪@kentoncool‬ Currently reading ‪#Fiva‬ myself Gordon. Love it, love Norway and can't wait to go and do the route. KC you up for it?
Stuart Rose ‏‪@stuartjamesrose‬‬, Twitter, 21 January 2013

Great to hear you ...
‪‪@gordonsta‬ great to hear you yesterday and today! Determined to get round to buying/reading Fiva soon!
Steve Sharland ‏‪@AlpineDreaming‬‬, Twitter, 20 January 2013

Best book of 2012 by far
In reply to a tweet that Fiva's fortunes continue to soar ...
‪@gordonsta‬ And so it should. Best book of 2012 by far.! I'm reading it again :-)
Garry fellows ‏‪@gazfellows‬, Twitter, 16 January 2013

Thrilling and fascinating
@whitespiderltd @gordonsta Thrilling and fascinating story! Outdoor people will really enjoy reading this book!
arild nordengen ‏@ArildNordengen, Twitter, 8 January 2013

Epic read - highly recommended
@gordonsta just finished FIVA in 24 hours, epic read and epic adventure, highly recommended to anyone with any outdoor interest. Well done
Tommy Dallmeyer ‏@whitespiderltd, Twitter, 7 January 2013

Unlike any other climbing book I've ever read
I finished Fiva yesterday morning. Brilliant book, very cleverly written, somehow unlike any other climbing book I've read.
Robert Durran, UKClimbing forum, 6 January 2013

Had to stay up very late ...
just finished [Fiva] last night. Had to stay up very late to get the end! Unfortunately (for you), wife has grabbed it. And a mate is next in line.....( glad i didn't buy the kindle edition!).
redscotti, UKClimbing forum, 6 January 2013

Great book
I bought a copy of Gordon's book, Fiva, the other day. Got about a quater way in and was thoroughly enjoying it.
Anyway I put the book down in the living room and it instantly vanished. I have spent three days looking for it, under sofas, behind shelves etc but it seems to have evaporated.
Having already paid full price for it in a bookshop, would anyone care to sell me a copy that your done with on the cheap.
Im really keen to carry on reading it. Thanks
Great book by the way Gordon
Ybot Htulk, UKClimbing forum, 6 January 2013

Already a modern classic
FIVA by Gordon Stainforth , already a modern classic
boogie_man‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 30 December 2012

All hype totally justified
FIVA, by Gordon Stainforth - finished in one marathon session. Gripping story well told. See all the hype it got? Totally justified.
Neil Reid ‏‪@Cairngorm22‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 28 December 2012

What a story!!
‪@gordonsta‬ just finished Fiva...what a story!!
Stephen Smith ‏‪@littleslip1986‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 24 December 2012

Just ordered this from ‪@gordonsta‬ - fabulous reviews...‬
‪@gordonsta‬ Wow thanks for the follow Gordon - love your 'The Cuillin' and 'Eyes To The Hills' books. Always take them on my Skye trips!
Craig Cooke ‏‪@storm_imaging‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 21 December 2012

A really fun read
‪@gordonsta‬ Awsome!! And the book ;)
Garry fellows ‏‪@gazfellows‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 21 December 2012
in response to:
Just had a really nice phone call from Johnny Dawes (no less) saying how much he's enjoyed my book ‪#Fiva‬. 'A really fun read'.
Gordon Stainforth @gordonsta‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 20 December 2012

Deserves all the good things that have been said about it
It's true that the author's contemporary voice occasionally breaks through and the descriptions sometimes didn't sound like those of a young Romsdal first timer. However IMO these didn't spoil the effect that the author sought instead, with underplayed authority, they augment the freshness and naivety in the writing. Any inconsistency of tone caused by this approach is more than compensated for by the immediacy of experience and tension that the first person narrative gives to the descriptions of the adventure.
I'd love to use a few quotations but my copy is missing in a pile of boxes after a house move. It's an exciting story that deserves all the good things that have been said about it.
mcdougal, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 21 December 2012

A hell of a page turner
I enjoyed the book a great deal, hell of a page turner.
The one place I thought the first person narrative fell down a little was in some of the descriptions of the landscapes, where I thought I could sense Gordon's older self coming through. Seemed to me that these descriptions, good as they were, had been informed by a lifetime's experience in the mountains. I could be entirely mistaken of course as I don't know Gordon, nor obviously did I know his 20 year old self.
And besides, this lapse - if that was what it was - was not an entirely bad thing as the picture Gordon painted made me want to visit Romsdal - even if not to climb!
Can't really be any more critical than that, I thought the book was great.
Southern Man, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 20 December 2012

A magnificent book
Happy Xmas Gordon, and thanks again for writing such a magnificent book. I plan to re-read it soon.
ericinbristol, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 20 December 2012

A very slick bit of writing craft
I think not being absolutely sure is part of the appeal of the book - a very slick bit of writing craft if it was deliberate! Gives you a much more of a "I am there with them" feeling (without the thirst, pain, hunger, of course).
pneame, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 20 December 2012

Really enjoying the book...
... they've just started the descent, probably finish it tonight.
carrot_boy (North East Wales MC), UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 20 December 2012

A great read
FIVA is an epic version of a youthful adventure gone wrong; skillfully and enjoyably retold. A great read.
Jim Braid, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 19 December 2012

High on my "best mountaineering books" list
Fiva is high on my "best mountaineering books" list - and trust me, I have read a lot of mountaineering literature. Certainly it sits well alongside Touching the Void which, any way you look at it, is a classic of the genre.
ben b, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 19 December 2012

A fantastic and terrifying tale
Fiva, by Gordon Stainforth: A fantastic and terrifying tale of almost inexplicable adventure.
boogie man, UKClimbing forum, 19 December 2012

Amazing read
Gripped me from start to finish. I would definitely recommend this book to climbers and non-climbers as it is a great true story. My wife wants to read it now........
Jamie, Goodreads, 18 December 2012

Starts well and gets better and better
Completely agree, started well and got better and better as it went on.
Mooncat, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

Brilliant, emotional stuff
Yes, finished it last week, brilliant stuff. Using the present tense really added to the emotional impact, it felt like you were actually there on the climb with them. The passage describing the incident where it all turned very serious was pure horror, even though we know the outcome, it doesn't feel like that when you're reading it!
Possibly the best mountaineering book ive read,as others have said, thanks Gordon,
no more scotch eggs, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

Surely going to become one of the classics of mountaineering literature
Yes, I read it myself recently and loved it. The writing is excellent and the book is surely going to become one of the classics of mountaineering literature. Well done, Gordon, you've produced a real gem there.
Mark F, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

Completely riveting
I've said it before, but I'll say it again! ;o) Couldn't agree more. Completely riveting.
JohnnyW, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

Can't wait
My copy arrived from Amazon this morning. Can't wait.....
Robert Durran, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

I'm knackered this morning ...
... from reading it last night long after I wanted to be asleep.
Submit to Gravity, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

One of the best books i have ever read
I recently bought the book FIVA by Gordon Stainforth, and i'm writing this post to say GO BUY IT. i'ts got to be one of the best books i have ever read, what a story to tell these two blokes had. I bought the book friday and it was done and dusted for saturday, absoloutley brilliant..
I'd just like to take my hat off to Gordon and John and thank them on sharing that epic story with us!!! Brilliant!!!
Cheers lads...
gazfellows, UKClimbing forum, 'Fiva .. Gordon Stainforth', 18 December 2012

Loving the book
Byes I am reading and loving the book. The fear. Comes across as does the teenage bravado and sense of having to go on, just because its all you can do
In fact to promote you, I will be recommending FIVA to some local book groups
Paramjit Clare‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Facebook, 16 December 2012

Excited readers
‪@gordonsta‬ Fiva has arrived! Settling down to Ch 1 right now.
Julia Gale ‏‪@UltraJuju‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 14 December 2012

Will begin reading this tonight ‪@gordonsta‬ as it arrived today! ‪‬
Alasdair Fernie ‏‪@AlFernie‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 December 2012

Gripping, beautifully written
Also now in FIVA by ‪@gordonsta‬ - one of the most gripping, beautifully written mountaineering books ever
Cotswold Carmarthen ‏‪@CotswoldCarms‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 December 2012

A must for climbers!
Gordon Stainforth's Fiva's popular this xmas! Compared to Touching the Void and winner of Banff award 2012, a must for climbers!
Bookends Keswick ‏‪@BookendsKeswick‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 December 2012

A most understandably proud achievement
Tall Clare‬‬‬‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 4 December 2012
Ditto what Clare said.
Timmd‬‬‬‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 4 December 2012

Sales not prizes
@gordonsta good man! Remember it is book sales not prizes that are the true measure :)
Joe Simpson @TouchingTheVoid‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 3 December 2012
in reply to:
Thrilled to hear that after my Banff Mountain Lit Prize success, Waterstones will be stocking the reprint of 'Fiva' in every store in the UK
Gordon Stainforth @gordonsta‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 3 December 2012

Mountain/climbing books for teens??
I'd've thought Fiva by Gordon Stainforth (of this parish) would be a good choice.
Yrmenlaf‬‬‬‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 2 December 2012

Christmas reading
‪@gordonsta‬ just ordered your book on line! ‪#xmasreading‬
Alasdair Fernie ‏‪@AlFernie‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 27 November 2012

Scarthin Books - “Staff Recommendations”
A highly-acclaimed account, by local author Gordon Stainforth, of a climb that went horribly wrong.
Scarthin Books, 21 November 2012

Particularly enjoyed
Good times at ‪@kendalmountain‬. Particularly enjoyed seeing ‪@gordonsta‬, @TomRandall2/PeteW and the‪@psychovertical‬/‪@MrEdByrne‬ double-act
Gavin Willingham ‏‪@gavinwillingham‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 19 November 2012

‪@kendalmountain‬ was all superb! Top 3 talks for me were‪@KentonCool‬ ‪@kdarke‬ & ‪@gordonsta‬ All 3 were excellent, many thanks!‬
Mark Aitken ‏‪@MarkAitken2‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 18 November 2012

Fiva was great
Thought Cold Wars was a good book but that Fiva was great and lasted much longer in the memory for me. A real shame for Gordon.‬
Hindu‬‬‬‬‬‬, UKClimbing forums, 16 November 2012

Good luck
Good luck to both ‪@psychovertical‬ and ‪@gordonsta‬ in today's‪#BoardmanTasker‬. I wouldn't be able to choose. ‪#realsportsmen‬
Debbie Read ‏‪@Debbie_pm‬‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 16 November 2012

Fingers crossed
Fingers crossed for tomorrow ‪@gordonsta‬ ‪#boardmantasker‬
Clare Danek ‏‪@c_j_d‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 15 November 2012

Great line up
Looking forward to ‪@kendalmountain‬ this weekend. Great line up inc‪@gordonsta‬ ‪@1AndyCave‬ ‪@kdarke‬ ‪@KentonCool‬ ‪@psychovertical‬
Nick Williams ‏‪@JaggedRedLine‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 14 November 2012

An excellent read
This book was an excellent read! Dynamic forward momentum with perfectly-placed bursts of lyricism.
Monica Meneghetti‬‬‬, Facebook, 14 November 2012

It's a great read
Half way through Fiva and I'm gripped :-) it's a great read, well done.
Doghouse‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 13 November 2012

Best of the year by a long margin
[In answer to NickB posting: 'I like to provide a short list of books to my folks for Christmas present ideas, climbing literature is usually pretty dominant in this list. Gordon's Fiva is already on the list, but I am looking for a few suggestions of other.']
Fiva best of the year by a long margin for me (good luck, Gordon!)
ben b‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 13 November 2012
Fiva should definitely top the list. How about Echoes by Nick Bullock? A really fascinating book.
Only a hill‬‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 13 November 2012

A totally gripping survival story
Erik and I just recently read the book. It's a great read. Classic old-school noobitry + vague topo leads to a totally gripping survival story told in a great style. It does sort of linger in the psyche for a few days after finishing it. Totally worth a read.
justthemaid‬‬‬,, 11 November 2012

An awesome award-winning book
#FollowFriday #ff @gordonsta because he has written an awesome award-winning book, #Fiva !
Alex Roddie @alex_roddie‬‬‬, Twitter, 2 November 2012

I reckon you've got a classic
It's a good book Gordon! My stingy mates read my copy and gave it a full thumbs up :)
I reckon you've got a classic there mate:)
Andy Birtwistle @AndyBirtwistle‬‬‬, Twitter, 25 October 2012

Great read
@gordonsta Just finished reading Fiva whilst on a climbing trip in Turkey. Great read, I enjoyed every page. Thank you #Fiva
Will Casson @CassonWill‬‬‬, Twitter, 22 October 2012

Can't wait
‪@gordonsta‬ Going to order Fiva! Can't wait.
Julia Gale ‏‪@UltraJuju‬‬‬, Austin Texas, Twitter, 21 October 2012

The most amazing reviews I've ever seen ...
But there are the most amazing reviews I've ever seen on Amazon!
There's even one from < sigh > Mrs Peel…
P.S. Good luck, Gordon, with the Boardman-Tasker.
Mick Ward‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 19 October 2012

32 5-star reviews
.. and well deserved it is too, sir!
Toby Rhind-Tutt ‏‪@GreyTrilby‬, Twitter, 16 October 2012
in response to the author's Tweet that it had received it's 32nd 5-star review

Very good it is too
Just read Gordon Stainforth's book, FIVA and very good it was too. I will not be able to make the KMFF and wondered if Gordon was doing any talks in the the North of England Lancs, Yorks or Cumbria as it would be good to hear him speak in person about the events.
Senior_Social_Worker‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 15 October 2012

Gordon's life of epic adventure
@gordonsta "Gordon's life of epic adventure" @Buxton_News - hear him speak at Buxton Adventure Festival next Sunday
Lissa Cook @Heason_Lissa‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 12 October 2012

Highly intelligent, with a keen sense of humour and pace
[In 1986] I was lucky enough to win the [Boardman Tasker] Prize … and, having subsequently been shortlisted three more times, I follow the prize with keen interest.  This year seems to have produce a bumper crop.  Myself, I would be happiest if the prize were shared between Gordon Stainforth's Fiva and Jim Curran's Here, There & Everywhere.  Both books are by highly intelligent, seasoned authors with a keen sense of humour; and both have the fine-structured pace you would expect from the film-makers that both authors are.
Stephen Venables, Stephen's Blog, 11 October 2012

Best new ‪mountain‬ book
Best new ‪#mountain‬ book. Gordon Stainforth's Fiva. ‪#Kendal‬Festival 17 Nov. 10. am. ‪‬7
Stephen Venables ‏‪@Venables_S‬‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 October 2012

Hope you win!
‪@gordonsta‬ was astounded Fiva got in too - not because its not a great book, but because it didn't feature K2 or Everest : ). Hope you win!
andy kirkpatrick ‏@psychovertical‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 October 2012

Congrats to @gordonsta for making the Banff short list with Fiva. Unfortunately Cold Wars didn't - must try harder next time!
andy kirkpatrick ‏@psychovertical‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 7 October 2012

Thanks for bringing Fiva to the flatlands
It was lovely to meet you tonight Gordon and I really enjoyed the show...your pre-match nerves were but wasted energy! I hope you enjoyed Oundle, it's a lovely place and it was very cool to have something decent for a hill bore such as I to do so close to home. Thanks for bringing Fiva to the flatlands :)
Nick Livesey‬‬‬‬, Facebook, 6 October 2012

This week I read 'Fiva' by @gordonsta an excellently written 1st person account of an ascent in Norway 40 yrs ago that goes wrong. Gripping.
Raph Bleakley ‏‪@raphbleakley‬‬‬‬, Twitter, 30 September 2012

An amazing climbing epic
Just finished ‪#Fiva‬ by ‪@gordonsta‬ Excellent book! Superbly written, really captures the atmosphere of an amazing climbing epic.
Mark Aitken ‏‪@MarkAitken2‬‬‬, Twitter, 27 September 2012

Hugely enjoyable and gripping
Last week I read Gordon Stainforth's "Fiva" is a single sitting (on a plane) which was hugely enjoyable and gripping.
Mark Bull‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 13 September 2012

A truly fantastic book!
Great to see Fiva has made the list [the Boardman Tasker shortlist], a truly fantastic book!
southern sam‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 13 September 2012

Well done, Gordon!
“‪@HeasonEvents‬: Congrats to ‪@gordonsta‬ short-listed for Boardman Tasker prize ‪ ” well done Gordon! ‪#Greatread‬‬
Debbie Read ‏‪@Debbie_pm‬‬, Twitter, 12 September 2012

Congrats to Buxton Adventure Festival speaker ‪@gordonsta‬ short-listed for prestigious Boardman Tasker Award ‪‬
Lissa Cook ‏‪@Lissa_Cook‬, Twitter, 12 September 2012

Well done Fiva!
@gordonsta @38_degrees Just been admiring your 25 5* reviews on Amazon.
Well done Fiva!
Hilary McKay @HilaryMcKay7, Twitter, 5 September 2012

Some reactions on the internet on Sept 4 to Fiva being shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize (most recent at top)

FIVA RT ‪@KentonCool‬: Boardman Tasker Shortlist up ‪ ‬ think its a no brainer for the winner, any thoughts??
Joe Simpson ‏‪@TouchingTheVoid‬, Twitter

Boardman Tasker Shortlist up its a no brainier for the winner, any thoughts??
Kenton Cool ‏‪@KentonCool‬, Twitter

Congratulations to @gordonsta - FIVA shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature 2012
Louise Rhind-Tutt ‏‪@lrtpublicity‬, Twitter

‪@VertebratePub‬ A shortlist worthy of the 30th Anniversary!
MyOutdoorsUK, Twitter

Congratulations to our friends at ‪@VertebratePub‬ on 2 books in Boardman Tasker shortlist and ‪@gordonsta‬ for getting Fiva shortlisted
MyOutdoorsUK, Twitter

It comes as no surprise to see Vertebrate Publishing represented twice and a pleasure to see Gordon Stainforth's Fiva make the list.
MyOutdoorsUK , Twitter

Great to see ‪@gordonsta‬'s 'Fiva' shortlisted for this year's Boardman Tasker prize ‪#mountainliterature
Clare Danek ‏‪@c_j_d‬ , Twitter

Could this be 6th time lucky for Jim Curran, sadly I doubt it.
I haven't read "Into the Silence" by Wade Davis - but it does sound good, but I've read the other five and my nomination out those would be Gordon's.
Jim Walton, UK Climbing forums

Good to see Gordon in there
Andy Mountains, UKClimbing forums

Huge congratulations Gordon on being shortlisted for the B/T!
Paul Pritchard , Facebook

A great book
@gordonsta BTW going to stick my Fiva review on my site (will edit it to try and make it clearer that I thought it was a great book)
andy kirkpatrick @psychovertical, Twitter, 31 August 2012

Best mountain book I've read in a long time
Nothing new to add really other than I really enjoyed the book, the best mountain book I have read in a long time.
Highly recommended!
Andrew Lodge, UKClimbing forum, 29 August 2012

I really enjoyed this book
.. got me through most of a plane flight to New York
dsh, UKClimbing forum, 29 August 2012

Great story, brilliantly written
I've got to say, it's one of the best Mountain or Adventure books I've read. I was worried that the hyper-exciteable first person perspective would irritate but it didn't and, Gordon, your inner voice sounded a lot like mine when I was 19 and going to the Alps in winter for the first time!
Great story, brilliantly written and, at times breathtaking. Really liked the use of photos alongside the relevant part of the story text rather than flicking to a series of plates in the middle of the book.
I read it in two sittings and it's now with a friend as her second Mountain book, I Chose to Climb being her first. Rave reviews from her, too, so far at least! She had meant to save it for after the completion of her thesis but hasn't been able to put it down!
hindu, UKClimbing forum, 29 August 2012

Will have to get this book
..Looking for my next non-Game of Thrones read!
I see Gordon's a twin. So am I though my twin cycles, not climbs / walks. Must have been cool to share such a passion with your twin.
Flinticus, UKClimbing forum, 29 August 2012

A superb can't-put-down story
I have just finished reading Fiva and deliberately had avoided reading this thread until after I'd finished as I did not want to be influenced by the opinions of others. That said, now I've been through the thread I'm at one with the views expressed. It's a superb can't put down story. The first person narrative worked really well for me. Like Gordon I was climbing in the 60s and the descriptions of the equipment and feelings of that time came right back at me. Not on Fiva but struggling with route finding, wet rock, uncertainty and the lack of an easy way out on my own adventures on Nevis and Skye particularly.
Great book and I'm sure it will be a success.
Jim Braid, UKClimbing forum, 28 August 2012

A tremendous achievement
I was gobsmacked to get your posting; and it is neat to be able to respond personally to you. The book, like your climb, was a tremendous achievement, and I felt that your brother's Afterword was a perfect addendum; its objectivity, and its answering so many questions (some of which had not been asked until his contribution was being read.)
I wonder if you anticipated how many unexpected chords you could strike with your readers? ...
You have rung so many other bells; like a retreat from the Charmoz-Grepon and seeking shelter in the 'scrund, we were overtaken by a fleeing Guide who noted "You English, you are singing so loudly. Why are you so happy?" To which Alan Emma Jackson replied "We are not singing because we are happy. We are singing because we are terrified." Our legs were like hosepipes by the time we got down.
I could go on and on, and get even more and more boring; but I wish to get across how fine your book is; and I expect that it rings many bells in the fog of others' memories too.
Roger Reid, Facebook, 28 August 2012

Great book
Finished reading #FIVA by Gordon Stainforth. Great book, agonizing epic climb!
Joanna Croston ‏‪@Joanna_Croston‬, Twitter, 27 August 2012

Fiva – An Adventure that went wrong! A great read
I have just read this book Fiva it is an epic tale of climbing in Norway by two young men, twin brothers. It is an incredible tale of climbing in the early days by two fearless young men. I really enjoyed it - Gordon Stainforth has done  a grand job. They were so lucky to survive an epic climbing adventure. It was a story that took place 40 years ago when climbing was much more basic, what there was of gear, ropes and protection were very basic. I did enjoy it; as takes you to another time and is pretty gripping right up to the end.
David Whalley,, 27 August 2012

Loved the cockiness of youth
Well I read it on holiday and I enjoyed it very much. Most "Epic" climbing literature I have read has been about experienced climbers who get into difficulty through accident or bad luck and make reasoned decisions to extract themselves. What made this refreshing for me was the inexperience of our protagonists compounding already bad decisions. A situation many of us have been in, escaping more by luck than judgement, in our youth. I wanted to shout "STOP NOW YOU BLOODY IDIOTS!!!" as they continued into the jaws of disaster. My wife had to put the book down at one point as she couldn't bear to read what was about to happen next. I loved the cockiness of youth that got them into trouble but also the determination that eventually got them out of it (no spoilers we all know they made it).
To paraphrase Aahz from Mythadventures "Self confidence is a wonderful thing but if it isn't justified someday they will be scrapping you up with a shovel". Nice shovel dodging Gordon ;o)
Duncan Bourne, UKClimbing forum, 23 August 2012

A brilliant book
... going to be a best seller.
David Whalley, Facebook, 21 August 2012
in response to:

Tremendous book
‎Nick Livesey, David Whalley, Tom MacDonald, Simon G Bentley: One of you worthies wrote recommending me to buy "Fiva, An Adventure that went wrong", by Gordon Stainforth. Unfortunately, my being switched to TimeLine has lost me the link to the thoughtful soul. So to all of you, I say: "Thank you for the link. Tremendous book".
I did not know what to expect. The early part rang some surprising bells... I (still) have a Black's Good Companion tent - my best ever, until the Big Agnes SH2.... in 1964 I moved to Oldham and joined The Rimmon. Tony Howard, "Tut" Braithwaite and colleagues were lovely people (in a different league to me, but lovely people). Totally committed to their exploratory and early work on The Wall..... I had the same "unusual rock/ice hammer".... in 1965 I took the then-brand new Cadbury's potato powder to Czechoslovakia - and realized a year later that I could likely make a small fortune by offering a photo of it in use in the High Tatras.... have Ghastly Rubberface's "On snow and rock", signed by the great man himself.
As for the story; I was horribly gripped by it. At times torn between going back a couple of pages to re-read the drama or jumping forward a couple of pages to get past it. I climbed nothing, nothing like that standard, but the situation of blinding enthusiasm and dedication coupled with lack of experience and wisdom; well that was just too real. Disturbing reminders of memories happily faded and of objective thoughts not thought until now! After "Touching the Void", "Jim Perrin's Climbing Essays" and now "Fiva", is there any need for another climbing book for a few decades? Many thanks to you. I'm passing it on to my work colleague Jim Hornibrook, who might equally be reminded of his wondrously well-spent youth with his brother.
Roger Reid (Fremont, CA), Facebook, 20 August 2012
to which he added a few hours later:

Superb book!
I forgot to add about my delight over the historic aspects.... I still rage in the store where I work as to the wretchedness of the bivy sheet (we still sell them. Although Gordon says that the current versions are so much better, I have my doubts; I use the much stronger bivy bag.)... the crawling with tiredness... the mental delusions (visual and audible)... etc. Superb book!
Roger Reid (Fremont, CA), Facebook, 21 August 2012
in response to the above:
I don't if anyone else recommended Fiva but I certainly did...I'm really glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Gordon's on Facebook and I know he'd be thrilled to read your thoughts.
Nick Livesey, Facebook, 21 August 2012

Completely riveting
Loved it. I was there with you both!
Thanks for sharing it with us all…………………….
A non-climbing pall has ordered it, so I'll let you know what he thinks.
JohnnyW, UKClimbing forum, 19 August 2012

Superb evocative writing
Gordon, I'm part way through Fiva: had to get to bed at 1.30. Gripping story, superb evocative writing!
ericinbristol, UKClimbing forum, 16 August 2012

Makes my epics look like a nice easy day out in the countryside
Another thumbs up from me, a great read, well written and a very interesting story. Makes my epics look like a nice easy day out in the countryside.
The fact that it's written in 1st person definitely makes it all feel a little more personal if you like. It's as though you're watching in real time, knowing you can do nothing to help. Different to the usual account looking back on the epic - i like it!
Dan Lane, UKClimbing forum, 15 August 2012

A brilliant book
I've just finished reading Fiva, Gordon. Brilliant book, well written and a good story. makes my epics look like nice days out in the countryside!
Dan Lane, UKClimbing galleries, 15 August 2012

A great read ... bricked my pants
Bought the book from the various recommendations I have read on this site, and agree that it is a great read, stayed up past my bed time last night to finish it! I found the writing style at the beginning a little unusual, the only way I can describe it is a bit 'jolly hockeysticks', but I'm guessing that it was of the time and adds to the sense of youthful enthusiasm.
The bit near the end where Gordon is crawling uphill after realising they are on the wrong descent route and his body refuses to move, miles from help, bloody bricked my pants imagining myself in that situation, very well written.
Taurig, UKClimbing forum, 15 August 2012

A REALLY involving read
I'll echo what all the other reviews have said.
REALLY involving read, I felt like i was living it with you. Very erudite, without being overly pretentious. A really well written account of a hardcore ascent, which I'm sure many of us aspire to - either in spirit or in reality.
Thanks from a fellow Gordon.
crustypunkuk, UKClimbing forum, 14 August 2012

It's on my Amazon wishlist
I'm in on the strength of this enthusiasm......
Slugain Howff, UKClimbing forum, 14 August 2012
Likewise Colin, it's on my Amazon wishlist. I have a birthday next month too!
Mike C, UKClimbing forum, 14 August 2012

A fantastic book
I read it last week, and found it difficult to put down. I enjoyed the "first person"-ness of it (it felt like a diary, written at the time of the action - whilst a moment's thought tells you it can't be that, its not a book to make you want to stop for that moment's thought). I felt to be "inside the head" of the author in a very powerful way, and therefore to be part of the adventure.
There were a lot of details that helped: I wasn't climbing in the late sixties (on account of the fact that I was five years old), but I have used the same sort of gear: it made the book somehow more immediate. And I enjoyed the sort of (public) schoolboy banter that could quote Les Dawson and Milton in nearly the same breath.
I don't know how well it would appeal to a non-climbing audience, but I'd guess it does so very well. I felt that there were enough explanations of the climbing background to enable the non-climber to enjoy the book, but not enough to slow the action.
I thought that John's epilogue worked very well: I wonder if Gordon's prologue (concerning the writing of the book) might have worked better at the end? Also (and its difficult to see how to get round this), the reader always has more info than the protagonists in the book: we know from page one its going to be an epic, and both characters survive, and we know that the ordeal will end in this many pages. Having said that, the "crunch point" at which it all starts to go horribly wrong surprised me in both its timing and intensity.
To sum up: a fantastic book. I commend it to the house.
Yrmenlaf, UKClimbing forum, 14 August 2012

First time ...
... in a couple of years I have read a book in 2 days.
About to read it for the second time.
Andy Mountains, UKClimbing forum, 3 August 2012

It's a great book
Really enjoyed it, first time in a while I've read a book through in one sitting. Much better than the normal angsty books that seem to be common these days (Twight, House, Kirkpatrick etc).
I got a signed copy from a bookshop in Keswick, the one near the Co-op.
mattrm, UKClimbing forum, 3 August 2012

One of the best I've read in ages
Just finished reading the book, one of the best I've read in ages. Really enjoyed it. I also felt the youthful arrogance a little bit exaggerated at the beggining but it didn't detract from the story overall.
Ben Sharp, UKClimbing forum, 2 August 2012

Best read I've had in a while
Gripping although I read the first half with a sense of dread.
Toby_W, UKClimbing forum, 31 July 2012

Urge you to read it
Really would urge anyone who hasn't read FIVA yet to buy the book (it's worth it!)
Only a hill, UKClimbing forum, 25 July 2012

Loved it
Hi Gordon,
Read it and loved it Gordon...
Tom Hutton, Facebook, 24 July 2012

In a league of its own
I was completely blown away by Fiva and found it compulsive reading. It's in a league of its own and Gordon should very proud of it. I'm off work with a bad back today so I'm going to read it again ;)
Nicholas Livesey, UKClimbing forum, 23 July 2012

Yes - the most intelligent disaster story to appear for years
Stephen Venables, mountaineer and author, Facebook, 20 July 2012
in response to:
FIVA by Gordon Stainforth. The first time in ages I have read a book in a couple of days! I found myself looking forward to every opportunity I had to pick it up.
Andy Whitmore, Facebook, 20 July 2012

Totally gripped
Well deserved comments--I'm part of the way through FIVA and totally gripped!
Alex Roddie ‏‪@alex_roddie‬, Twitter, 20 July 2012

Highly recommended - head and shoulders above the others
Really enjoyed this - sweaty palms and a terrible sense of dread, but laugh out loud moments of wide-eyed naive innocence too. The only criticism that I can make is I don't think the cover does it justice.
Highly recommended. I picked up this, Joe's new novel and Simon Yates' new books last time I was overseas and Fiva was head and shoulders above the others,
enjoyable as they were.
ben b (New Zealand), UKClimbing forum 'Fiva given huge accolade by Joe Simpson',
20 July 2012

Loved it - I was totally gripped
Just finished. Loved it. So gripped - just realised now 6pm! Was a bit dubious about whether 1st person 19yr old voice would work but after 2 pages was totally gripped.
Lissa Cook @heasonevents‬‬‬, Twitter, 14 July 2012

A brilliant read
I have made it to Part 2, 'Monday'! You should have taken more chocolate & cheese. It is a brilliant read!
Lissa Cook @heasonevents‬‬‬, Twitter, 14 July 2012

I had to read non-stop
The book is one of only two climbing books that gripped me so much that I read them non-stop at full pace, the other being Touching the Void.
Steve Clarke ('Offwidth'), UKClimbing forum 'Fiva given huge accolade by Joe Simpson', 11 July 2012

A fantastic book
Certainly a well deserved accolade Gordon, I near enough read Fiva in one sitting, though I was in a tent in Langdale getting rained on at the time. A fantastic book and one I shall read again and again no doubt!
southern sam, UKClimbing forum 'Fiva given huge accolade by Joe Simpson', 11 July 2012

Wonderful, nostalgic, gripping, classic, humorous
FIVA by Gordon Stainforth - Wonderful, nostalgic, gripping, classic epic yarn with great humour deserves to win many many awards - read it :)
Joe Simpson @TouchingTheVoid‬‬, Twitter, 6 July 2012
followed shortly by
Agree, agree, agree, agree! MT @TouchingTheVoid FIVA by @gordonsta - Wonderful, nostalgic, gripping, classic epic yarn with great humour :)
Sarah Payne ‏‪@PayneSarah‬‬‬, Twitter, 6 July 2012

This true story left me exhausted & triumphant
My review of Gordon Stainforth's book Fiva, on display in Waterstones Derby. If you still haven't read it yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Buy it, read it and enjoy.
Mary McLean Farmer, Facebook, 3 July 2012

The most "sweaty palms" climbing book I've read
Read "Fiva" a couple of weeks ago. Possibly the most "sweaty palms" climbing book I've read because I could so easily identify with Gordon Stainforth and his brother. Reminiscent of "Touching the Void", but I never felt "that could be me" with the latter.
pneame, UKClimbing forum 'What are you reading?', 2 July 2012

My big recommendation
Hello all,
Yes, once again, it's the tried, tested and trusted 'what are you reading' thread.
So - what are you reading?
In a slightly uncharacteristic moment of 'getting in there first', I'd like to recommend 'Fiva' by Gordon Stainforth of these here parts. I finished reading it last week whilst on holiday, and felt utterly wrung out and a bit emotional by the end, which I hadn't been expecting at all - as if I'd lived through the epic alongside him and his brother. It feels as if he's nailed his experience completely, right down to the public schoolboy terminology, the all-consuming preoccupation with one's pain, the mindless songs and sayings that haunt us at all the wrong moments.
I think it's very easy to develop a picture of people through their forum postings, and prior to this some of my more significant encounters with Gordon have left me feeling that I was a bantamweight sparring with a heavyweight. His book evens out this perception - it reminds us that we're all human, and we can all screw up, and we can all be terrified. Not all of us are prepared to admit to it though...
So yes, that's my big recommendation.
Clare Danek (Tall Clare)‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'What are you reading?', 1 July 2012

Oh, loved the book by the way Gordon.
Will be buying a copy shortly to send to my Norwegian mate.
Toby_W‬‬, UKClimbing forum, 28 June 2012

An excellent read
I'll second NWClimber's recommendation for Fiva - gripping and pacy, written in a self-effacing way. An excellent read.
full stottie‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'Please recommend me a book', 23 June 2012

Just finished Fiva by @gordonsta - bloody hell! Feel shattered and a bit damp. Youthful gung ho spirit and a catalogue of mistakes = epic!
Clare Danek ‏‪@c_j_d‬‬, Twitter, 22 June 2012

Great narrative drive
Did your mountaineering reading include Gordon Stainforth's 'Fiva'? Great narrative drive makes it difficult to put down but at the same time I didn't want it to end. Am currently re-reading it with a bit more attention to detail! Definitely recommended.
nwclimber‬‬, UKClimbing forum 'Please recommend me a book', 21 June 2012

One of those unputdownable books where you're glad it wasn't you
Rest of w/e will involve 'Fiva' by @gordonsta - one of those unputdownable books where you're glad it wasn't you.
Clare Danek ‏‪@c_j_d‬‬, Twitter, 15 June 2012

An astonishing book
[In response to my thanks on Twitter for all the 5-star Amazon reviews:]
@gordonsta It is an astonishing book
Digital Maverick ‏‪@digitalmaverick‬, Twitter, 11 June 2012

It's going to get pride of place on my bookshelf
Bought a copy over the weekend in the Lakes. Loved the book, devoured it in one evening. Great book, puts all my epics to shame. Well worth buying. Bought a signed copy by accident, but glad I've got it, it's going to get pride of place on my bookshelf.
mattrm, UKClimbing forums, 5 June 2012

Brilliantly written, brought tears to my eyes
Just finished reading Fiva by @gordonsta: epic misadventure, brilliantly written, brought tears to my eyes.
Nigel Dodd, @nigelbdodd, Twitter, 3 June 2012

A treat to read
Gordon has provided the outdoor community with some outstanding images of the mountains, and more recently, 'Fiva', the true story of fist-gnawingly tense close escape from a death-on-a-stick route in Romsdal. It's a treat to read and his devastatingly honest description of his youthful naivety also makes it very funny in places.
ben b, Dunedin, New Zealand, comment on UKClimbing, 31 May 2012

I read it in one push and thought it was great. It was refreshing that it wasn't full of soul searching and questions of meaning etc, just two 19 year olds having an epic. That gully sounded like absolute death on a stick!
Red Rover, UK Climbing forums, 19 May 2012

Well done mate :)
another better than 'Void' review so glad for you Gordon! Well done mate :)
Joe Simpson, ‪@TouchingTheVoid‬, Twitter, 15 May 2012

It's fantastic!
Folks, this is possibly the finest book of it's type I have ever read and I can't recommend it enough ... do yourselves a favour and buy it! It's fantastic ...
Nick Livesey, Nick Livesey's Facebook, 9 May 2012

Absolutely gripping
I'm reading Fiva, Gordon Stainforth's new book. It's absolutely gripping and as it unfolds I'm feeling increasingly sick with fear! … [Later] It's bloody brilliant.
Nick Livesey, Comment on Facebook, 7 May 2012

Just brilliant
Hi Gordon, Just finished reading Fiva. Just brilliant, could not put it down. It must be a strong candidate for [a famous award] this year. Keep up the great writing.
Allan Brown (Dundee Mountain Film Festival), Comment on Facebook, 4 May 2012

'Fiva' perfectly (uncannily) captures the mountaineering near-death epics of our youth
Gordon's style and intent [in his books shows a] passionately intense devotion to the truth of an experience or sensation - be it a landscape, a memory, or an intellectual concept - and to lovingly transmute that truth into an image or prose. For me, 'Fiva' perfectly (uncannily) captures the mountaineering near-death epics of our youth (be they miniature or massive - Cerro Torre or some slimy Welsh gully). Fortunately most of us 'lived to tell the tale' - and happily, for mountaineering literature (as well as for his own personal catharsis and tribute to his youthful character), Gordon has lived to write his engrossing tale.
Marc C, UKClimbing forums, 27 April 2012

One of the best pieces of climbing literature written for many years
[part 2 of a review started on Apr 8 - see below]
This book hasn't been written, it's been crafted. Each passage, each sentence even has been written with a meaning. There's no filler in this book. This book has feeling. The tempo moves the reader along as the climber moves. Steady as the climbing gets reserved yet suddenly explosive as the climbers adrenalin rises.
You know that something bad is going to happen, you don't know when and you don't know how. But when it does happen the author has brought you along. the tempo and style change as panic kicks in, the writing goes all over the place. This isn't by accident, you're in the mind of the leader and things are not clinical when the s#it hits the fan....
Go back and savor it. Bring out the whisky and take many evenings to re-discover what I think will become known one of the best pieces of climbing literature written for many years.
Jim Walton, UKClimbing forums, 26 April 2012
[NB. The writer of these comments is a young climber not known to the author, who came to the book's launch. - It's very encouraging to hear such a response from the younger generation]

Put together by a true craftsman
So far I'm about halfway through the book and am really impressed by it. Each sentence has been skillfully put together by a true craftsman. Often in climbing books you find yourself skip reading long sections to get to the 'fun bits' but not with FIVA. To me the writing has the story telling skill of Peter Gillman, the dramatism of Rene Desmaison whilst retaining the poetic feeling of Giusto Gervasutti.
This has the BT award written all over it, [other contenders are] going to have to be incredible to beat this.
Jim Walton, UKClimbing forums, April 8, 2012

A cracking read
It's a cracking read and deserves a wide audience. God, I'm glad the gear has improved a bit since then!
Postmanpat, UKClimbing forums, April 2, 2012

A great little book
Reading Fiva at the moment for UKC - great little book
Andy Kirkpatrick, Twitter, March 31, 2012

Best book I've read in a long time…,
Fiva by Gordon Stainforth - Talk about epic!!!!
Gareth Hanson, Twitter, March 30, 2012

Totally enthralling
I was lucky enough to read a pre-publication copy really should carry a warning with it - "do not have anything planned for the few days after you've started to read it", because once I started it, I couldn't put it down. It's totally enthralling.
Sorry we missed the launch last night. Looks like it went well xx.
Steve Clarke, UKClimbing forums, 30 March

A really gripping read! A classic
In reply to Steve Clark: As you say, 'totally enthralling'. Though I'd disagree with 'not planning anything for a few days' - I read it in ONE day.
[and later, to the author:]
Congratulations on creating a really gripping read! A classic.
Marc Chrysanthou, UKClimbing forums, 31 March