I had a nice conversation with Joe Brown several years ago. He lamented the fact that Don had done himself in with his lifestyle - Brown had tried to get him to change. I first heard of Joe back in the mid 1950s and have had a great respect for him ever since.In our conversation he seemed a charming, intelligent fellow.
CA Newt- Stories like yours are the reason that I put time into posting historical material so thank you!
Tom Frost told me a telling tale from the 1970 Annapurna South Face trip. Don had forgotten his Swiss army knife and made that known to the rest of the team. Oddly, his mates simply resigned themselves to the reality that he was going to pinch one of theirs and that was that. It simply wasn't worth crossing him over it.
I dearly hope that I get the opportunity to sit down with and interview Joe Brown in the near future. Hopefully, The Frost book will give me an reason to attend the Kendall festival and seek him out.
What was the linkage--if any--between Whillans and Brown and the later partnership of Tasker and Boardman? My sense of history on that side of the pond is a kind of sketchy, but Tasker's account of the 1976 ascent of Changabang is a thing of (intense) beauty.