Here is a story about a short and quiet man. And yet it is not a short and quiet story. Roger’s escapades have reached lofty heights and his achievements are inspirational. From being an underachiever at school, he excelled at civil engineering and in later years ran his own tour guiding business.
In the 1960s and 70s he climbed every peak in New Zealand over 10,000 feet and then converted to metric and got up more 3000-metre peaks. He did the first ascent of the unclimbed Yerupajá Norte with Graeme Dingle in 1968, being the northern summit of Yerupajá Grande, the second-highest peak in the Peruvian Andes. For over 50 years he has been involved in Search and Rescue, including the 1979 Erebus recovery in which he was an advisor to Police Headquarters. He received the NZ Order of Merit in the New Year Honours List 2007 for services to Search and Rescue.
Among the pages in The Peaks in my Life can be found a mixture of great adventures. Enjoy his accounts of kayaking the Waikato River from source to sea, cycling the length of NZ, adventure racing on the Coast to Coast, running marathons and more recently setting a NZ track-cycling record at the Cambridge velodrome. Every wife’s dream DIY husband, he has been supported by his loving wife Margaret and together their legacy lives on amongst these pages.
Join Roger Bates through his lifetime of outdoor adventures and unusual achievements and you’ll put the book down enriched and inspired.
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