/ NEW ARTICLE: It was twenty years ago today...
"The hopes, the fears, the expectation and that moment of satisfaction when you pull over the top moves and stand, complete, on top of your chosen challenge..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5253
Excellent article, well-written and modest, and many will identify with the places, events and observations in your 2 climbing decades.
Your points about the impact of media and the internet on climbing are well-made, and I like it that you don't pass sentimental judgement on those changes - as you say, climbing is at heart a very personal experience, but now its set in a context of more public sharing of information and achievements, not a bad thing, just an extra thing.
When it stops being fun, its time to stop. Enjoy the next 20 years!
Nice article. You have also reminded me that my own first trad lead was 16 years ago tomorrow (and also in Lawrencefield). Although on that particular day, the sun was out and we were climbing in T-shirts!
"This was also 1993 and my information came from books and books alone. Not only was this before UKClimbing but before the internet"
the web existed in 1993 (just), the internet had been around for many years </pedant>
Ok ok :) I'm sure you get my point!
I still climb in Ron hills regularly.... Oh dear!
Enjoyed this article, reminiscent without being nostalgic.
Speaking of Ron Hills: They are (one of) the essential parts of British climbing. Bought a pair many years ago, and on my last visit to UK in November I wanted a new pair. But I couldn't believe it, they CHANGED the design!!! How could you let them do that?! England being the country of traditions - but Ron Hills are no longer Ron Hills! Should I stop climbing in UK?
Was 1993 so long ago? - Good grief, it was....!
The mistakes made (and survived) in early climbs are always great memories and it's always fun to think "Was I that daft / naive / stupid / lazy / overconfident?" The answer, of course, is always "yes", with the caveat "It seemed like a good idea at the time".
I've been out of the UK long enough to be not entirely sure what Ron Hills are - a bit of Googling clarified things. I'm glad I missed that aspect of outdoor fashion (as well as lycra)!
You haven't missed Ron Hills entirely - they are still there on more obscure routes on less fashionable crags.
Interesting, many parallels, not least the Ron Hills, oversized Zens and nearly 6000 ticks!
Hullo DD - you had oversized Zens too eh?
Nice read, cheers.
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