/ Old (apocryphal?) story about Arthur's Seat?
I recall being told or even actually reading an anecdote about, IIRC, a group of climbers from the continent being hosted by the SMC in Edinburgh and making mistaken assumptions about the seriousness of the ascent of Arthur's Seat (i.e. they thought it was a much bigger hill than it actually is). I believe the alleged timeframe for this entertaining incident would have been the late nineteenth or very early twentieth century.
I'm struggling to find any references to it now. Has anyone else come across this story before and could maybe point me to somewhere it is documented (SMC journal?) or at least written down as hearsay?
I had heard the story as well and Wiki attributes it to Emile Rey an alpine guide.
"In 1884, alpine mountain guide Emile Rey visited Edinburgh where he climbed Arthur's Seat, local tradition stating that before doing so he estimated it would take much of the day to reach the top."
I think that it has also been attributed to Emile Rey climbing Crib Goch and saying that they should turn back as they would not have enough time to go on to Yr Wyddfa,(Snowdon). Something about the scale of the mountains!
Drat, I must have missed that when I checked Wiki earlier. Thanks for pointing it out.
Given that the story seems to be told about at least two different hills, it does sound as if it's rather apocryphal, albeit perhaps with a germ of truth somewhere in there.
Sounds like someone failed to grasp the concept of piss-taking
I've summited several times usually between the hours of 0200 - 0500. No fixed ropes or hauled provisions on all attempts.
There's a top 10 moments in climbing thread kicking around here somewhere.
Here you go. Page 287
> I think that it has also been attributed to Emile Rey climbing Crib Goch and saying that they should turn back as they would not have enough time to go on to Yr Wyddfa,(Snowdon). Something about the scale of the mountains!
The story I heard was that the same scenario occurred between Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay when they they were training for Everest.
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