A Tribute To Al Georgeby UKC News / Dai Lampard May/2009
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Al George was born at approximately 11.50pm on the 3rd September 1959. His brother Phil closely followed but didn't quite make it on the same day. Although this was probably carefully planned in the womb (in order for them to enjoy two birthdays instead of one) what they hadn't realised was the dates would separate them in their school years. Their father Len fought long and hard to ensure they stayed together and so began the association so well known to the climbing community as "The George Twins".
The fact that none of us could ever tell the difference between them was irrelevant and they would both revel in the fact that you'd mixed them up and only at the end of an evening let it be known you'd been talking to the wrong twin!
Everyone will remember the first time they met Al and Phil; effervescent and quick witted, they could never fail to impress - as Terry Taylor recounts when he first bumped into them in the Gouter Hut on Mont Blanc:
"Apart from the incessant banter, it was the methylated spirit spilling in waves from their leaking stove that caught my attention" says Terry. "I didn't have long to think about it before someone had lit a match and the Gouter Hut's life expectancy seemed to dramatically decrease". With Al and Phil running around like headless chickens it was Terry who came to the rescue and quashed the flames with his fleece. “Apart from saving us all a very long walk up the Blanc, this incident also signified the start of a lifelong friendship and Al and Phil's move towards a life in mountains."
Almost inseparable, the Twins moved from their home in South Wales and went to College in Bangor. In 1991 they came to Llanberis and moved into what was affectionately but quite correctly known as “The Hovel".
From this unsanitary and dingy abode they continued to climb and work in the area before obtaining their teaching qualifications and then deciding to pursue their International Guides qualification.
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