Colin Kirkus

Colin Fletcher Kirkus (19 June 1910 – 13 September 1942) was a British rock cllimber. He climbed extensively in Wales and elsewhere, such as the Alps and the Himalaya. He wrote the instruction book Let's Go Climbing!.


Kirkus made pioneering climbs in Wales and elsewhere and wrote the instruction book Let's Go Climbing!.[1]

Jack Longland described the greatest rock face in Wales, Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, as "Colin’s Cliff".

Kirkus' series of new routes on "Cloggy" was unparalleled until the emergence of Joe Brown, 20 years later.

Kirkus made a pioneering Alpine-style ascent in the Himalaya, in 1933. He climbed Satopant'h while a member of Marco Pallis's expedition; his account of the climb is included in Pallis's book Peaks and Lamas.[2]


Kirkus was killed in the Second World War, in September 1942. He was serving as a Navigator with an RAF Pathfinder Squadron . He was one of 4 brothers , all of whom saw flying service in the RAF, and 3 of whom were killed in action in the Second World War . [3]


  1. Kirkus, Colin. Let's Go Climbing!. ISBN 1-904466-17-6.
  2. Pallis, Marco (1939) Peaks and Lamas. London: Cassell
  3. "In Memorium - Colin Fletcher Kirkus - Club Member 1928–1942" (PDF). Climbers' Club Journal. 1943. pp. 168–181. Retrieved 2018-03-06.


  • Dean, Steve. Hands of a Climber. ISBN 0-948153-21-0.
  • Thomson, I.D.S. The Black Cloud. ISBN 0-948153-20-2.

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