/ NEW ARTICLE: Ron Fawcett talks about Soloing
"There was just one clear thought looping round my head: How the fuck do I get off this?"
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2495
I remember gearing up at the foot of The Plum once at Tremadog and Ron came up just as i was tying on a asked if it was OK to go on ahead. Which of course it was. By the time I had got my 1st runner in he had finished The Plum, climbed down The Fang and disappeared back up Extraction!
Awesome exciting reading!
superb! plus i had no idea Stevie soloed Positron....it would still be front page news if it happened today.
When I was a youngster, I was at the Roaches and pleased as punch for having soloed Wombat, nice and steadily. Then Ron came along and soloed up Wombat (no feet) and down the adjacent route (Walleroo?), also no feet. Self-esteem disappeared like a popped balloon. A couple of walkers expressed their amazement and Ron replied "Eee, it's me job, like", having just become Britain's first professional rock climmber.
Yeah great article, will get book.
Reminds me of my phase of soloing near my limit.
Very nice reading, well written and with a great hook to keep you interested. Looks like this will go on my list...
Am I getting confused or didn't Ron nearly come unstuck soloing La Demande ?
Ron's dog sniffed mt=y balls once......apropos of nothing
He hurtled down the slab and there had been a fire at Crookrise , at the foot of the route was a fallen fir tree with its branches burnt down to sharp daggers, Ron was heading to be impaled up on it. At the foot of the slab he dropped onto his back and just slithered underneath it, it was an incredible athletic feat but really you had to see it to appreciate it.
We all know your stories can go on a bit, but I've never heard of anyone taking such drastic action to escape ;)
There must be countless amazing pictures of Fawcett climbing. In focus.
I think it's typical of Ron that, almost in the same breath as describing his "worrying" retreat off Positron, he mentions that a few years later it was soloed by Stevie Haston. Many "professionals" don't acknowledge the achievements of their "rivals", even years later; Ron, in his prime, was a fine example of a professional with an amateur, and a gentleman, trying to get out.
Every time he seemed happy to endure yet another visitor watching.
Legend doesn't really do him justice.
In over 20 years of reading climbing material, I still think "100 extremes in a day" is one of the best essays every written.
Could anyone provide a link or a copy of this essay?
It is in the book "Fawcett on rock" and i think it was in either high or OTE mag. If you have no luck with anyone knowing of a link, i'll scan and mail it you. I know some OTE articles were on tinterweb once...
I think you can find some of them through the Climber magazine site..
Ok, can't help right now though as I'm at work but if it can't be found I'll scan it over the W/E and mail it out. I think it was public domain as a quick google has revealed it was once on thefreeclimber.com but that site seems to now be dead. If anyone has objections to me scanning from the book, I'll keep it on the shelf.
Thanks for that
I dont have any heroes but, big Ron comes really close, I was fortunate to be on my first climbing trip in 1991 to El-Chorro and shared the same house as Ron and one of my other legendry mate P.Williams.
I have much respect for this man as a climber and a person, a real gentleman, dont think he would remember me but he has made an
impact in my climbing life.
One quote I can remember on the trip, as Ron, Paul and myself headed up to Makindromo, on reaching the anchor of `Lourdes` he shouted out "well you can f**c ne with a spanner"
"dont think he would remember me"
I bet he does.
I don't understand the significance of the "talks openly" bit in the preamble bit above - is it a dirty secret or something?
Really enjoyed the talk at the Works last night. The "audience with Ron" format worked well, although Ed had his work cut out getting Ron to talk about his achievements! His overall modesty, with just a hint of pride, was thoroughly endearing and said so much about his attitude to life. The best moments were definitely the odd cheeky ad lib from Ron, as the spotlight was turned slightly away from his life (also, possibly after the beer had begun to sink in):
"I bet Sharma didn't have to put out his own chairs"
The guest ale from Kelham Island breweries was also much appreciated (FiveTen Beer with "come on ales do your stuff" and Ron motif)! Now if only they could make the Works a little warmer... ;)
> "I bet Sharma didn't have to put out his own chairs"
Obviously Ron didn't HAVE to help us put out the chairs but the fact that he mucked in to help speaks volumes.
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