Author Kev Reynolds Passes Away

© Kev Reynolds collection

Outdoor writer Kev Reynolds died on Friday 10th December, just three days after his 78th birthday. An incredibly prolific guidebook author, a seasoned public speaker, and a lifelong mountain lover, he described his vocation as "the best job in the world". 

Guidebook researching in the Val des Dix, Switzerland  © Kev Reynolds collection
Guidebook researching in the Val des Dix, Switzerland
© Kev Reynolds collection

Over a long association with guidebook publisher Cicerone, he produced over 50 titles, covering walking destinations from the Alps and the Nepal Himalaya to his back yard in the southeast of England. It is perhaps the Pyrenees with which he is most associated, and he was widely acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on the range. His classic guide Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees has been in print since the first edition was published in 1978. 

"Kev wrote many guides for Cicerone over a period of more than 40 years and was a great contributor to the outdoor world through his books and lectures, where his infectious enthusiasm, deep knowledge, understanding of local people, innumerable stories, fine photos, ability to communicate, and essential decency allowed him to touch the lives of many" said Jonathan Williams, Director of Cicerone.

"Full as it was, Kev's outdoor exploration and writing was only a part of his life. As husband and father, active member of his church and community, he touched many lives, and will be fondly remembered and sorely missed."

"Trekkers will continue to ask, 'What does Kev say?', but we shall not see his like again."

  • You can read Jonathan William's full tribute here.

More guidebook research, this time in the Stubai Alps  © Kev Reynolds collection
More guidebook research, this time in the Stubai Alps
© Kev Reynolds collection

See our interview with Kev here:


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