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John Syrett making the ?first on-sight lead of Wall of Horrors (E3 6a), Almscliff, in a howling gale in November 1970.
© John Stainforth
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Hope my brother doesn't mind my adding this to my gallery - I'm sure he won't! It's a classic image of Syrett making his v bold onsight lead of Wall of Horrors (still thought by many to be the first onsight ascent)in ridiculously windy conditions in 1970.
Gordon Stainforth - 31/Jul/06
Got to be a 5 for historical value
andy farnell - 02/Aug/06
It's worth quoting from my brother's climbing logbook of the time:
"WALL OF HORRORS (XS), ALMSCLIFF. 5 NOV 1970
John Syrett mad the first sight-lead of Wall of Horrors. Chas and I went along as support team. Chas belayed - I took photos. John climbed it with ease, making it look like any other climb. He was ten minutes arranging a Clog 1 wedge beneath the crux and climbed the whole route unhurriedly (20 mins). The weather was far from ideal - recent rain, gale force winds, and quite cold. Abseiling down to take the runners off (neither Chas nor I could do the starting moves), the rope was whipped right out over the top of the crag by the wind."
Gordon Stainforth - 16/Feb/07
One of the greatest UK climbing pictures, seeing it at the time was a shock, you knew climbing had stepped up a gear.
bill briggs - 22/Jun/07
What happened to John Syrett?
jlury - 27/Sep/07
He committed suicide in 1985 (jumped off Malham Cove).
Gordon Stainforth - 27/Sep/07
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10 minutes!? crikey, I took all of 10 seconds putting in a cam and still got fairly pumped.
Belier - 06/Jan/08