What became of Brit climber Ron Fawcett?


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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

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

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

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.

Trad climber
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...

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

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

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?

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

I love this image of you and Ron Fawcett.

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



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!

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
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Feb 13, 2010 - 07:27pm PT

Any chance of sharing the story behind the photo?

Looks like you were both having a great day.


john Mac

Ice climber
Ice Caves at the Sads
Feb 14, 2010 - 12:55am PT
John, what a contrast. you are way buffed, and Ron looks like a pencil

Feb 14, 2010 - 07:26am PT
Yeah, he looks pretty fit, except for those parasite things hanging on him under his armpits.

I hope that pic made it to the "most buffed climber" thread.

Mountain climber
Feb 14, 2010 - 08:54am PT
Nice, all round guy is Ron.
Last I saw him he was flying/teaching paragliding in the Peak District with Geoff Birtles crew - around 1990. We were flying pretty sketchy wings back then.

Ajaccio, Corsica, France.
Feb 18, 2010 - 03:14am PT

Gym climber
Grover Beach, CA
Mar 1, 2014 - 10:09pm PT

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Mar 3, 2014 - 04:58pm PT
Recently a historical record of climbing in the Peak District was published - Peak Rock. A stunning record of the game in the Peak District.

There was a launch event attended by most of the major players, Ron amongst them.

Video attached.


Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Mar 3, 2014 - 06:12pm PT
Ha! I see myself and 3 friends in that Rubidoux photo above from Lynn, via Sewellymon. I am the Hartouni look alike in the yellow shirt. Those were fun times. We must have watched Ron's final climbs that day, but I don't remember any details.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 3, 2014 - 09:53pm PT
ho man, Hartouni must have looked a lot taller back then!

I was actually a short Paul Martzen look alike BITD... (I wasn't there, by '84 I had been on the east coast for 10 years and was just finishing my PhD work)...

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