John Menlove Edwards
Edwards was gay, at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal offence. After an unhappy personal life, which made him vulnerable to bouts of depression, he committed suicide with a cyanide capsule in 1958.
His first ascents include many of the now-classic rock routes on the crags of the Llanberis Pass in Snowdonia such as "Flying Buttress", "Spiral Stairs", "Crackstone Rib", "Nea" and "Brant".
Jim Perrin, Menlove: The Life of John Menlove Edwards, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1985.