/ Don Whillans' last climb with Joe Brown
As an ex runner I know how older runners have the ability to impress with amazing times that you wouldn't know they had the ability to do just looking at them before the race - Martin Rees 32 minute 10K at the age of 60 is something akin to how smoothly Joe Brown moves up the rock.
However, the banter and lively discussion is something that many of us can relate to (even at my lowly climbing ability). Leading or seconding I get scared and often talk to my leader/belayer as a way of controlling it... occasionally you can see that (or maybe I am just trying to convince myself?)!
Either way I hope that a few other UKC's can appeciate this (avoid the 'this has been posted before')
Whillans and brown were real inspirations when i started climbing around 1980, we used to always want to repeat their routes above anyone elses..
An honest comment, that most of us will recognise in ourselves - given the gift of humility.
Mark Diggins said, "...some modern climbers are flattered by their equipment and are not as good as they think they are".
>Martin Rees 32 minute 10K at the age of 60 is something akin to how smoothly Joe Brown moves up the rock.
I'm not sure about that. Plenty of 60 year olds climb a lot harder than borderline HVS/E1. Joe looks competent enough, but you'd kinda expect that. A 32 minute 10k at 60 is a lot more impressive imho.
Looks like a good video. Just before the minute mark it says he was "the first man to stand on the summit of Annapurna"; is he French??
> Looks like a good video. Just before the minute mark it says he was "the first man to stand on the summit of Annapurna"; is he French??
Ah well, journalism innit.
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