/ FRIDAY MORNING VIDEO: John Cunningham Climbing Ben Nevis ' 76
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Wonderful film. I can hardly wait to get at the white stuff this year...
That is just a great film - Creag Dhu Climber is worth a read too.
Best Scottish all-rounders; Cunningham, Cuthbertson, Macleod?
Having started climbing in the Coe in the early 70's I would say from the look of the road that this film pre dates the 70s and is more like 1967 than 1976, the Ballachulish Bridge was opened in 1975 and the film is before that, The law about motor cycle helmets was introduced in the early 70's (73?) and its also before that.
The most amazing part of it all... no gloves, riding his bike. Gives me the hot aches just watching!!
Yeah I was thinking that aswell, then skipping over train tracks and climbing gates - renegade!
I was thinking the same, he can't have had any feeling in his hands riding a bike without gloves in that weather. truly a film from back in the day when men were men as they say in guidebooks when hvs is down as a severe.
I happened to be out for a walk on Ben Nevis at Easter 1976 (aged 17) and sure enough MacInnes, Chouinard, Cunningham, Braithwaite, etc, etc were there making a film.
There was a guy at the CIC who I didnt recognise but was one of the 'stars', and he was feeling ill so had decided not to climb that day, however he asked if I wanted to do an easy route with him, so we did Bob Run. And thats how I did my first ever winter route and I never did find out who he was.
Wow, I didn't expect the vid to get such a fastand positive response, I only put it up on Wednesday...
> Wow, I didn't expect the vid to get such a fastand positive response, I only put it up on Wednesday...
I'm glad you did Paul, it's great. Quite inspiring and a bit humbling when I think of all the money I've spent on the "best" gear only to wield it so ineffectually compared to the gent in the film, flying up stuff with flair using the far more rudimentary tools of the time.
Bring on the white stuff.
> The most amazing part of it all... no gloves, riding his bike. Gives me the hot aches just watching!!
Fantastic vid, wondering what the bike was. A trumpet? Makes me feel real girl with not only gloves, but heated grips.
In reply to Hay:
> That is just a great film - Creag Dhu Climber is worth a read too.
> Best Scottish all-rounders; Cunningham, Cuthbertson, Macleod?
Robin Smith/Jimmy Marshall?
> It's gone!!!
But still in my browser history...
So what I said (at 23:57 Thu) was:
And so it is, with Glen Coe followed by the Corran Ferry followed by Glen Coe again, all on the way to the Ben.
Corran I think.
The bike belonged to Bob Hamilton who still has it in his shed at Cuil Bay. Bob worked as a barman in Clachaig at the time.
Definitely Corran (check the lighthouse in several views and Ardgour Inn when he rides off the ferry).
What I want to know is where is the "Glencoe Malt Whisky" establishment?
Looks like a kwolity joint.
> never did find out who he was...
Nicholson? He is mentioned in Jeff Connor's book which has an account of the making of this film in 1976.
superb clip. great to see such confident movement with archaic tools.
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