Wild Mountain Times – tales of mountaineering's most colourful characters, known as much for their personal exploits as their climbing.

The high stakes, high risks, and in some cases the highest price payable, are captured in Dean Johnson's wry songwriting, which chronicles many of these legends.

Featured are the infamous Aleister Crowley and Don Whillans as well as George Mallory and Sandy Irvine. Mallory & Irvine were the subjects of the musical biography Ice Picks and Violets, parts of which are reprised here.




Wild Mountain Times also includes narration from the mountaineering luminary Doug Scott, who, along with the late Dougal Haston, were the first pair to summit Mount Everest by the south-west face. Both also feature here.

Mark Reed (son of the late great Oliver Reed) provides character narrations. When premiered at The Mountain Arts Festival in Penrith in October 2016, Wild Mountain Times was enthusiastically received.


"Wonderful and moving." Denise Prior, Community Action Nepal
"A great performance – thank you for being amazing!" Christina Oakley-Harrington, Treadwells
"The songs are beautiful and the students performed really well."
Louise Smeaton, Birkenhead School