PODCAST: Factor Two - On and Off, A Headpointing Story

Prompted by Franco Cookson's article on headpointing recently, Wil Treasure shares a short bonus interview recorded in November 2017 with Tim Lowe...

Tim is a climber from Yorkshire with an enviable ticklist of routes, including the Yorkshire Triple Crown of The Groove, Urgent Action and Supercool - all 8a+. Over the years he's been a keen sport climber, but Tim also likes to stick his neck out on trad routes. Back in 1992 he took a huge fall on The Cad, an E6 on North Stack Wall at Gogarth. A little hungover and not warmed up, he lunged for a break and didn't quite make it.

He thought it was the end, but his belayer caught him. It put in Tim's mind the idea of "dropping a rope" down some of the more dangerous routes before going for the lead, resulting in broken bones at Ilkley in September 2017.

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Were there ever to be an article written on disappointing holds, that break on The Cad would be well up there...

Really enjoyed that anyhow, so thanks to both Wil and Tim :-)

20 Feb

Great interview. Am glad he's on the mend.


22 Feb

Indeed, am rather enjoying this - albeit only part way in.

Not too many folk have taken the big whippers off North Stack Wall - well you didn't when I was there 30yrs ago in EBs anyway!!

Anybody [himself maybe?] recall who that chap was who fell off John's The Bells, The Bells! and the rusty, rubbish, sticky-out peg actually held?

Poss UKC 'chat/interview'?



22 Feb

This is Tim just before he fell off at Ilkley. https://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/dbpage.php?id=299729

7 Mar

Im sure I recall Dougal Tavener telling me he held Nick Bullock lobbing onto that peg,a dn dougal saying he gave a really soft catch. he also got pulled into the wall and cut his cheek if my memory serves me correctly.