In Memory of

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Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds 1943-2021 – a true gentleman, and an inspiration to all

Kev Reynolds, one of the country’s leading outdoor writers, died on Friday 10 December 2021

Kev was a leading Pyrenean expert, admired across the world. He knew the Alps from end to end as few do and explored Nepal and the Himalaya over the course of 20 extended trips. He also had extensive knowledge of Kent, where he made his home, and southern England. 

Kev wrote over 50 books, mainly guides and inspirational titles to his much-loved mountains, and became a master-craftsman of this unlikely but challenging art. He said it was ‘the best job in the world’ and quickly became a leading practitioner with his guides published by Cicerone for whom he became a leading writer and counsellor. 

He was a lifetime and then honorary member of a range of organisations including the British Association of Mountain Leaders and Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, whose lifetime achievement award he received in 2014. His work was widely recognised by his peers. He became a skilled lecturer, giving up to 50 talks each winter. 

As well as his exploring, writing and talks, Kev was a devoted family man. His life-long love Min enabled his many adventures whilst bringing up their two daughters, Claudia and Ilsa during a full life running a youth hostel before Kev became a full-time writer. 

Thank you Kev

 

Book Owner: Jonathan and Lesley Williams, on behalf of the family
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Rosemary Holmes

I hope I am not too late to express my condolences to you and your daughters for the loss of your husban Kev last year. A month ago I bought a copy of ‘Abode of the Gods’ and would like to tell you of the delight and excitement I have had reliving our trek …

Peter Hendrickson

Kev was our first Ciecerone author and he won us over before we first set foot on the Hiker’s Haute Route.  Turn-by-turn he guided, reassured, amused and made accessible the wonders of the Alps.  At one hut the table talk reported that Kev was one day behind us, working on the next edition.  This …

Françoise Besson

Today, 23 April 2022, those who love Kev are gathered in Kent to celebrate Thanksgiving for him. I am geographically far from Crochkam Hill, but I am in spirit with Kev and with Min, and Claudia and Ilsa and all those who love him. Thank you, Kev, for all these years of friendship, thank …

Therese Madden

My deep condolences to Kev’s friends and family.  I corresponded with him once, in appreciation for his guidance after hiking the Haute Route.  I’ve never done that with a travel author before or since, which speaks volumes about the way his books were written  It was many years ago, but I still have his …

Claudia Reynolds

It has been one calendar month now since you took your final breath.  I know you are free and happy and now on the longest trip of eternity in the heavens above us but you are so missed.  You taught us to be strong and always positive minded, to be grateful for life and …

John Banks

I’ve been walking over high passes in the alps for the last twenty-five years and Kev has been, and will continue to be, a constant companion.   Other writers are available, but Kev was unique in combining perfect directions with enthusiasm and inspiration.  A sad loss to so many grateful walkers. …

Caroline Draper

It’s been a real pleasure to work with Kev over the years, as part of the Cicerone design team. Our final fling together, along with Verity, was Cicerone’s 50 book which was a very special project, curated brilliantly by Kev. Ever the generous, kind man, he always deflected praise from himself and made sure …

Marc, Diane and Elen

Our deepest condolences to Min and the family. Kev’s memory will remain alive through his most amazing wife, Min, his lovely family, his writing and his beautiful picture books. We often referred to Kev as ‘Mr Sunny-Disposition Pants’, for his most infectious positive outlook, smile and laughter. Our guesthouse is mentioned in one of …

David Stafford

I have known Kev and Min for over 50 years as my wife and I moved into the village of Crockham Hill at roughly the same time. He became a legend in the village, and was equally popular among all sections of the community. During a walk in the Alps in 2002 – as …

sally Boulton

Kev was one of the most generous, kind people I have ever met. He’s love of life was beautiful and touched so many people. My first ever memory of Kev was playing a Munchkin in our local panto. He wrote 2 pantomimes for us and his wit and talent with a pen shone out. We …
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