by Marcus Wootton Jun/2012
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Photographer Marcus Wootton was climbing at Nesscliffe when the 'Odyssey' team rocked up, with their big van, big video cameras and big muscles. We reported on James Pearson, Hazel Findlay et al having a good run of it in this UKC News Report, and now Marcus has sent us some excellent photos of the day.
Here are his thoughts, and his photos.
One summer's evening bouldering at Nesscliffe...
My friend Tom and I strolled through Nesscliffe's rhododendron infested forest bathed in the dappled light afforded by the sun filtering through the canopy of the ancient woodland trees. Walking ('the foot feels the foot when it feels the ground') towards Kynaston's Cave we bumped into many a friendly local as well as members of the Hot Aches film crew who happened to be touring the UK with a handful of top professional climbers, all sponsored by, amongst others The North Face .
Conditions were good for climbing today and James Pearson, Hazel Findlay, Hansjorg Auer and Caroline Ciavaldini and the Hot Aches crew having been chasing the (typically uncooperative and unpredictable) weather around the UK in their 11 tonne tour bus with varying degrees of luck were not going to miss an opportunity to get some time on the rock and footage in the can.
In the evening the light was as close to perfect as it gets for anyone with a camera in their hand, and for the climbers the cooler temperatures meant better conditions (better friction on the stone and fewer beads of sweat on the old digits) to climb the lines and projects they had been dreaming of throughout the day – show time...