/ Don Whillans' last climb on youtube
Thanks very much, that was a real gem.
Excellent, thanks for posting.
Really great video, both the climbing and the short interview parts, thanks a lot.
great in so many ways, least of all what can be done without chalk.
Great. I remember watching it when it came out, and then soon after the commemoration event for Don up at the Kingshouse (or Clacchaig?) in Glen Coe.
Climbing was so different then, more earthy and less sporty.
Climbing in the semi-wet was perfectly normal.
this is well worth the money and features Don climbing with Chris, I can't for the life of me remember which route they climb but remember its an HVS. I believe Don passed away shortly afterwards as did Bill Peascod.
I remember watching the programme on C4 as a spotty kid and now have the DVD and accompanying book of the series. With all of 5 programmes together lasting nearly 2 hours the price of this DVD is easily worth the money.
Bill Peascod on Dovedale Groove
Don Whillans on ??
Pete Liversey on footless Crow
Pete Whillance on somethign mental!
And 2 x females climbing something on something! <sorry ladies>
The Whillans/Bonington one was Dovedale Groove - Peascod did Eagle Front. The Whillance was something on Gable Crag - E5-E6 in the rain if I remember correctly! I believe the women were Jill Lawrence and Gill Price but I can't remember what they climbed.
Update: a search came up with this old Cumberland and Westmorland Herald review:
Price and Lawrence on Empire.
Whillance is doing Incantations on Gable. Don't remember it raining though. JL and GP are doing Empire on Raven Crag Thirlmere. For students of early-80s sexism Bill Birkett's commentary is a must.
"the rope's not coming, are you standing on it?"
"Yeah, do you want me to get off it?"
I'm pretty sure that Bill Peascod died (of natural causes) whilst belaying Whillans on the 1st pitch of Great Slab on Cloggy and that Don died a couple of months afterwards
There is a series of photos of them just minutes before Bill Peascod passed away
Yes I have seen the same set of photos, I can't remember where though sadly, maybe a climbing mag doing a feature on Bill? If we could choose the manner of our demise then hats off to Bill. His routes in the lakes are a real joy and at a tasty standard for the time too
Could they be in David Craig's "Native Stones"?
Was just going to quote that exact bit.. priceless!
Great wee film
Thanks, I really enjoyed that clip. An absolute gem.
Interesting to note the warmth that developed between them as they climbed. Mates on the rope but not necessarily off.
Wonder what the French would say to Don being described as the "first man to stand on the summit of Annapurna"?
Great vid. Takes me back, 1984 was the first time I did the adjacent Corner - probably in Hanwags too.
I liked the way Joe shouted 'I'm at the top, give me all the slack' - Makes perfect sense as you don't need to be belayed while you build a belay, but might not want to be taken off either.
One's in that great book 'The Villain'
You can also see them at these commercial sites [not my sites]:
Personally I thought it was a great video but the bonhomie looked decidedly put on for the camera.
Bonners in the gym watching the girls is v funny. You can tell he's never considered training and wants to either go to the pub or get out on the crag. Speaking of which, Bonners with Pete Livesey on Footless Crow and the £ note incident...
I liked the bit when he says that ultimately just being in the mountains was his greatest satisfaction and that the hard climbing came second.
I did find it slightly depressing I have to say. Partly cause of the difference between the two, Joe still being fit and able and Don being a bit of a fat old man. But also that he died shortly afterwards. Still a good watch however.
What a moving video. Awesome. Thanks.
Where's the pumping hardcore music and the defocused arty shots? Just shows a climbing film can be very straightforward and still hugely entertaining. Well, as long as the subjects are such legends of course.
Thanks for posting.
>...but the bonhomie looked decidedly put on for the camera.
Yes maybe but when someone points a camera at me I'm shedding bonhomie all over the place.
It was me who uploaded the vids as the result of a combined effort on the mighty UKB.
This thread http://ukbouldering.com/board/index.php/topic,21548.0.html
As I've said in the blah under the vids, I do not own any of the content and do not have any permission from the makers/owners to post them. In fact, I haven't even attempted to ask permission from the owners - because I'm lazy.
None of the films seemed to be available to buy or view anywhere else and a few people were interested in seeing them.
Of course I will remove them if the owners want me to.
Cheers, 'liked that.
Thanks for posting this - CLASSIC STUFF!!
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