/ Britain's oldest climber
How many seventy year olds are there out there still climbing?
Did I mention that SHE is a grandma?
Plenty of them.
The oldest active climber I know is a sprightly 82 years old. Do I win a prize?
I don't know how many there are but I suspect more than you think. There are a few guys who climb regularly at my local wall who are probably all in their 70's. Their age doesn't really come into it tbh; they seem to be as enthusiastic now as they were almost 20 years ago when I first saw them climb. I've seen one older woman climbing there too who might also be in her 70's.
Bonington's still very active at 78.
7a at 70 is the mantra of a few of the guys at our wall. I can only hope I'm half that good when I hit that age! One wee guy in particular is a real inspiration to my partner and I and he is pushing 70.
7a at 70 - I like the sound of that...
chatted to many climbers in their 60s/70s at various grit stone edges, I'll never forget the women who was 60-65 soloing stuff that at the time, I wasn't even capable of leading, also spotted her leading a E3.
> 7a at 70 - I like the sound of that...
. . . as do I - I've missed "6c at 63" but have 4 years plus to get to the 7a (although it might have to be Kalymnos 7a :-)
you guys have been playing too much bingo by the sounds of it ;)
I climbed Crowberry Gully with TW at the age of 81. That was 7 years ago and he is still active.
The oldest climber is the one having the most fun
Plausible, but Tom Weir died in 2006 aged 91.
Well said, the OP needs to go on a diversity awareness course coming out with that kind of phalli-centric language.
how very odd.
Took my mum to our local wall as was tired of explaining my passtime to her, and thought a demo would solve a lot of problems. She wanted to have a go at climbing, so she did. She was 80. Did a few routes and enjoyed it.
Male and female are not the same. They're different.
> 7a at 70 is the mantra of a few of the guys at our wall.
Hold on, does that mean 8a at 80?
I have an 81 yo friend that climbs solidly at VS. (But he's not in Britain.)
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