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Nutcracker - Eric "Spider" Penman climbing
© David Lanceley, Sep 1979
Is this spider from Teeside?
Last met on Skye 1961 ish
macfoot - 05/Jul/12
Probably. Lost touch after a couple of routes in Yosemite in 1979. He was (I guess) 50+ then so may not be around anymore.
David Lanceley - 05/Jul/12
Come on Nomy, I don't think he's that old. I would put him at a similar age to me, born 1938, and I certainly hope he is still with us. I knew him quite well in the early sixties when he was with the MA and I was instructing in Ogwen. We only ever climbed together on two days in 1962 and I remember that we did Fang, First Slip and Cenotaph Corner.
Great photo and good to see him again.
boje - 06/Jul/12
Hope I'm wrong but I was 25 in 1979 and anyone over 35 would have seemed ancient!
David Lanceley - 06/Jul/12
Spider was a National Park warden in the Lakes in the 70s. I seem to remember he lived in Tilberthwaite, maybe.
jon - 06/Jul/12
Remember Spider and his wife Maureen well, he worked as an outdoor education instructor along with Terry Nicolls for the education dept in Edinburgh in the late 60s.
barksmo - 16/Aug/12
Spider left his work as a National Park Warden and moved to Africa (Kenya, I think.) As far as I know he is still alive and would be about 75 now at a guess. He was active in S.Africa also making new routes. A great bloke, along with the late Roy Brown we had some memorable times together.
Slipnot - 23/Aug/12
Now know that Spider is 72 and living in S. Africa. He still climbs.
Slipnot - 12/Sep/12
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Dead on. I'm still in touch with Spider, who now lives in Johannesburg, and one day will fulfil my longstanding promise to climb with him in SA - better be soon, before we're both over the hill!
Martin Bennett - 28/Apr/14