/ NEW ARTICLE: VIDEO: Lucy Creamer's 'Hand Picked' Avon Gorge
In this, the final video of a five part series called 'Hand Picked' from Marmot, we see Lucy Creamer in action In the Avon Gorge in Bristol.
"In this series of films presented by Marmot, five of Britain's best climbers: Leah Crane, Neil Mawson, Jack Geldard, Steve McClure and Lucy Creamer, all famous for pushing hard and bagging top ascents of their own, showcase some of their Hand Picked favourite places to climb on their home soil, with routes that climbers aspiring to push their grades into the E-numbers and V-numbers can enjoy..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5908
Also hideously polished!
Really good to see such positivity about Avon /limestone trad and some interesting insights into injury.
Very enjoyable but I was surprised at the route choices since they didn't give the unique Avon experience. All were steep crack type routes which are found throughout the country. Where were the exposed intricate wanderings through seas of overlaps that make Avon so unique? I'd have liked Lucy to feature one of the main wall routes such as Malbogies, Krapps, Lich Gates etc which all have that unmistakable Avon vibe.
These are personal route selections - not a 'best of' route selection. She obviously chose Jasper because it meant something to her.
Lets face it, there isn't enough on any of these videos for a 'hit list' - they are more about the climber and their attachment to particular venues than about specific routes.
We wanted to go on Main Wall instead, but the weather was atrocious, and only had a weather window for very specific climbs, main wall was a sheet of water, unfortunately.
Thanks for all the comments. :)
I doubt that, it was hideously polished when I did it in the early 80s.
E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t video, the climbing, the commentary, really enjoyed it, thanks.
I remember reading a old Roman manuscript, must have been from around 120 AD, that passed a mention of how polished it was
Jasper was my first HVS lead. I still remember it well. I would have been better off wearing ice skates.
> I remember reading a old Roman manuscript, must have been from around 120 AD, that passed a mention of how polished it was
A palaeolithic painting in the Giants Cave shows a half-man, half-bison figure slipping from the route, pursued by wolves.
And on the second day, God said, "Let there be polished limestone." So God made the polished limestone and it was so.
God called the polished limestone Jasper.
Thanks for the film. Appreciate you had to make the best of the poor conditions.
I remember floundering around on Severes in the rain, with crap/no gear in the 1960s - dangerous enough. But, for you guys, pushing the boat out on loose first ascents up to E3 in bad conditions... well, that really was something special.
Many years later, I did Central Buttress in a torrential downpour - scary enough for me!
I was there belaying you in the bush below and it was hell of a downpour one of your great leads as I seconded it was still wet and a skating ring
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