What became of Brit climber Ron Fawcett?

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Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 2, 2009 - 03:57pm PT
In his day he was like the Bachar of the UK.
I remember seeing a video of him in England, climbing a route with very spotty gear and you could hear him say, "Jesus Wept"! lol
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Sep 2, 2009 - 04:07pm PT
My recollection is that he died of cancer some ten years ago (or so).
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 2, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
Sorry to hear that! Damn cancer!
duncan

Trad climber
London, UK
Sep 2, 2009 - 04:21pm PT
Ron is still very active, out bouldering regularly in Derbyshire. He is also into fell running and looks as fit as a butcher's dog. A biography was supposed to out this summer.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Sep 2, 2009 - 04:24pm PT
Dang!! So sorry that I messed up on that one, Gobee! I was thinking of Pete Livesey, not Ron Fawcett. Must engage brain...must engage brain...
Gobee

Trad climber
Los Angeles
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 2, 2009 - 04:27pm PT
Good to hear it!
Thanks!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Sep 2, 2009 - 04:49pm PT
I think Pete Livesey die of cancer.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 2, 2009 - 05:54pm PT
I think the great climber Ben Moon also had cancer. (but is doing fine I think). Maybe it's the water. Or the beer?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 2, 2009 - 06:04pm PT
The account* of an early free in a day ascent of the West face of the Cap written by his partner / girlfriend (whose name, unfortunately escapes me right now, Jill?), is an Uber Classic.

"Ronald, I am fatigued." Only a Britt could say that.

* pretty sure it was in Mountain, may be in mirrors in the cliffs or games climbers play, or one of those.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Sep 2, 2009 - 06:44pm PT
I did a ton of climbing with Ron in the early 70s, including our first time up El Cap.

His old girlfriend's name is Gill Kent and I talked to her a few days ago about Ron, who is running up a storm, apparently.

JL
duncan

climber
London, UK
Feb 13, 2010 - 06:01am PT


Ron's autobiography is published in March by the same people who produced Jerry Moffat's excellent Revelations. It's ghosted by Ed Douglas so should be a good read.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Feb 13, 2010 - 12:00pm PT
I Remember the Mt. Rubidoux Boulder comp 1984 or 1985 he showed up and onsite kicked ASS!

J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Feb 13, 2010 - 12:45pm PT
How many ascents of Thin Red Line (JT) after Ron put it up? I saw woodward on it long ago, but rarely see much chalk on that one.
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Feb 13, 2010 - 12:59pm PT
I heard a story about Fawcett on the Bachar Yerian. It was passed down many times before I heard it. Apparently Ron on a long runout section, kept looking for the next bolt, climbing higher and looking again. He finally spotted it, but it was below him and off to the side. He didn't think he could get back to it to clip, and rather than take an uncontrolled fall, jumped off for an eighty footer, then relead the pitch.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Feb 13, 2010 - 01:08pm PT

Man, do I have some memories with Ron. We always had a blast.
jack herer

climber
veneta, or
Feb 13, 2010 - 01:11pm PT
hey couchmaster... that was Ben Moon the oregon photographer who had testicular cancer. Maybe they both did?
Jobee

Social climber
The Portal
Feb 13, 2010 - 02:30pm PT
John,

I love this image of you and Ron Fawcett.

A picture say a thousand words, and this one for me says, pure bliss!

Jo






Griff

Social climber
Felton, PA
Feb 13, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
Ron looks like he needs a cheeseburger in that photo.

And, John, nice shirt. For some reason the weird swirly shape of Ron, and the weird swirls on your shirt made me feel like I was having a shroom flashback or something.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Feb 13, 2010 - 03:56pm PT
Oh God! Now there's a team!
slabbo

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Feb 13, 2010 - 04:33pm PT
Largo- i was hoping you would put up that shot-great ! Fawcett did a tv thing long ago , I think f/a lord of the Flies with " Come on arms , do your stuff "

If I remember right, he also traversed Stanage Edge in 6 hours, solo. Something like 90 pitches , up to 5.12
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