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This was taken in 1961 and shows Peter Maddocks on Blue Lights Crack on Wimberry Rocks,...
© Pete Maddocks
Route: Blue Lights Crack (E1 5b)
Climbers: Pete Maddocks
5*VOTING: number of votes 8
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Pete sent this on to me ...
Note the attire of the times breeches, plimsolls, heavy shirt with long sleeves for waist belaying, hemp waistline with Tarbuck knot, Viking hawser laid nylon rope, slings carried over the shoulder for runners, two runners on chockstones placed whilst leading. A little different than today!
Iain McKenzie - 16/Jul/12
And I seem to recall it was only a VS at that!
Sean Kelly - 16/Jul/12
Almost exactly what I started with - apart from the biggest, clumpiest boots imaginable. Two runners a pitch? Well protected!
And I always thought BLC was VS...
Mick Ward - 17/Jul/12
VS with a horrible landing if I recall correctly.
gsum - 17/Jul/12
It's pretty clear that this chap and his second haven't passed the SPA so should we really be publicising examples of such rope work? :-)
Postmanpat - 17/Jul/12
Brilliant - still a tough little number, great photo...
PD - 17/Jul/12
Yes, should have said. Great photo - really captures the era.
Mick Ward - 17/Jul/12
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