/ An ascent of Left Wall in 1964 . Llanberis Pass N Wales.
pebbles for pro' scary stuff.
An ascent of Left Wall in 1964 . Llanberis Pass N Wales.
i would like to see more old film, if anybody has some links.
One of the best old climbing films I have ever seen is SHEFFIELD CLIMBERS (1946-1949), happily brought to us by the Yorkshire Film Archive.
Its so crisp & clear (and in colour), it almost looks like some Harry Enfield send up.
I started watching it but the broadband is slow today. Looks excellent. I assume that Bob Godfrey (sp?) is the same guy who filmed the FFA of Half Dome and wrote the amazing book 'Climb' about the history (to the mid-1970s) of Colorado climbing. A very talented man.
Hey Mike , i don't know if it is the same Bob Godfrey, he did end up living in the states so very possible.
i have just googled the film you mentioned and will check it out.
wow, bilberries and open fires at Stanage!
I've often wondered about the pale scars on old black and white photos of grit and there are lots more on that film. are they nail scratches? if so, how come they haven't permanently damaged the rock? is it simply because there were far fewer climbers around 50 years ago and the rock had a chance to weather again once nails stopped being used?
The music in these climbing videos was a bit different back then.....
The actual ascent is a great historical record.
it had the date in the credits, 1976, I think.
As you may already know, this is an early film of my father (Rowland Edwards) climbing Left Wall in an early climbing style, he is belayed by Eric Jones. It was a film by Bob Godfrey and was filmed on a single camera (Note: there are many camera angles so the climb was done many times) that was "borrowed" from his college. Bob did move to Colorado, and did also produce the Free Half Dome movie narrated be non other than Robert Redford (who contacted Bob and said he wanted to do it for free as he was so inspired by Jim Erickson and Art Higby's free and chalk-less ascent). Bob also published books, Climb and a very nice book about Layton Kore, amongst others. Sadly Bob took his life after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Final note: My father climbed Left wall so many times for this film for the various camera angles, that he eventually soloed it. This was the first solo of the route...but in those days if you had pre-practiced the route you could not claim it. So he never did. How ethics have changed!
Is it not Trevor Jones belaying (not Eric) ???
Thamks for posting this film. Fascinating stuff.
Fascinating. Looks like there's a bit of French free going on there. Was that de rigueur at the time?
I have just had it confirmed this minute by my father, it was Eric.
Now I am off climbing, the sun is out....now where did I put those pebbles?
Thanks I didn't recognize Eric with hair!
Enjoy your climbing in the sun.........
> pebbles for pro' scary stuff.
> An ascent of Left Wall in 1964 . Llanberis Pass N Wales.
> i would like to see more old film, if anybody has some links.
He's aiding it you did not say that!!!
it is good to see how climbing and climbing equipment has changed.
there are some more good films on the youtube page i got the Left wall vid from. nice Climbing on Gillan, no pebbles needed on that one. :)
We must have talked about the filming but I don’t recall anything now. I do recall it wasn’t an entirely clean ascent. He climbed in a pair of shorts over leggings, common now but quite a novelty then, I have some pictures…somewhere.
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