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Of particular entertainment value is the Mountain Rescue Reels from 1949.
Knot-craft befitting an Eagle Scout, not a running belay in sight, hobnail boots on rock, initially the sense that all goes well and controlled on these outings, unless of course, fatigue sets in, and then the ragdoll whipper. Blast! Just when I thought I could point out what wankers modern climbers are!
For a short film, it shows decent production values for the time. However, were I the director, just for dramatic tension, I would've had that partner take a good face plant on his speedy descent going for help, and for sure, that evac team needed to be moving double time on the approach!
The Bob Godfrey short, capturing early nutcraft on Left Wall, (post just above), is of great historical value!
This one lacks the charm of the era specific climbing scenes and the indulgence in operational details of the lead-follow scenario so well depicted in the 1949 version, but it's the next link in the theme:
I found this old photo of Ricky and me on the last bits of Quartz Icicle…
Thinking back, I do believe that most exposed route I did in all of Wales was Willan's route, Vember (E1 5B), on Cloggy. I did it on a subsequent visit to Snowdonia back in 1980. Done in 1951, Vember is a really necky lead! Steep, too…
Yikes Rob! Haven't looked at those shots in a while: 41 years ago.
Regarding Right Wall, the nuts were surprisingly good as far as I got, but tiring to place. You'll recall that we had little idea of where the line actually went, as we were trying to do the route without top-down inspection. That is why when I realized that my arms were failing, I decided to take the risk and go for what looked like the next resting spot a ways up. I was correct, as the nuts held, but those twin nine mil ropes stretched like bungee and the fall was a bit longer than expected.
Is it an exaggeration to say that I stopped at a point so close to the ground that I could have shaken your hand at the belay?