Walt Unsworth. Photo: Duncan Unsworth

Walt Unsworth. Photo: Duncan Unsworth

A man described as the godfather of outdoor writing has died.

Walt Unsworth, the founder of publishers Cicerone Press, died this month, aged 88, after a short illness.

A spokesperson for the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild said: “Through the company he founded with his friend and climbing companion Brian Evans he was effectively the ‘godfather’ of a generation of outdoor writers and photographers.

“His own book Everest won the ITAS prize for mountain literature at the Trento Festival in 1992. He was an early promoter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the editor of Climber magazine.

“He was a founder member and first president of the Outdoor Writers’ Guild – now the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild – and in 1996 was awarded the guild’s Golden Eagle Award for services to the outdoors.”

A full obituary from his colleague and friend Roly Smith is on the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild website.