/ Ron Fawcett - Body Machine video
Brilliant. I particularly liked the bits when the normal people went up valk and right unconquerable.
And "there are 5 or 6 ladies that can climb E4 now and a couple that can probably climb E5" - How things change!
Nice to see this spate of retro footage.
Something jumped out at me. Why did Geraldine Taylor put a Friend in at the top of Valkyrie? Anyone who has led the route would have seen it has a perfect nut placement these days, which I would always choose over a cam (and I can only assume those old solid-stemmed cams were less reliable). Was the placement not as good or were nuts not as well-shaped back then? Or was there perhaps more faith in cams back then?
I wasn't alive to know the answer in the 70s, you see
Loads of Ron's stuff was recently posted to YouTube. The UKB crowd have really been digging through the archives posting classic TV from back in the day.
In that case Al, my thanks are due to you. This video was inspirational for me in my youth and to some extent lit the path I chose to walk for the rest of my life. Rock climbing has taken me to some sublime places and introduced me to some wonderful people. Cheers, mate. Karl
Come on they are all classics!
Down climbing Great West Road, like its a diff....
> Down climbing Great West Road, like its a diff....
and its not bright green like today - I'm looking forward to someone unearthing the Steve Bancroft film of him climbing London wall -he got to the last couple of moves on a damp, dank day when London Wall was big news. Anyone seen that one?
I had the VHS but when I dug it out a couple of years back the tape had rotted!!
Just had a great 1/2 hr!!
Don't know the first bit of limestone that Ron and his missus climb.
The other lady then leads Valkyrie, Froggatt, HVS.
Ron then does LHS of Technical Master, v4, descent of Great West Road, E2, Technical Baiter, v1 (and down again), and Edge Lane, E5, all Millstone.
Ron's punter mate climbs Right Unconquerable, Stanage, HVS
Ron then climbs Strapadictomy, Froggatt, E5, an unknown crack, BAW's Crawl, Stanage, HVS, Coventry Street, Millstone, E5, and some more limestone.
Wasn't it Bastille on High Tor, then Gill leads Original Route?
Well, that was Body Machine. Gritstone climbers, eh!
Yeah man, I do love the grit.
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