/ The Climbing Gear Revolution. Saturday 9th March.

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Beacon Climbing Centre - on 12 Feb 2019
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Tim Jepson, Peter Holden and DMM, in conjunction with Beacon Climbing Centre, present: The Climbing Gear Revolution – a celebration of the early development of climbing hardware and the important role that North Wales played in that development.

Hosted at Beacon Climbing Centre on Saturday 9th March 2019, this captivating, non-profit-making event documents the revolution in the development of climbing protection from the 1950s into the 1970s.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from two of the preeminent pioneers of climbing in Britain during that era, Martin Boysen and Pat Littlejohn, neither of whom have ever been part of the regular lecture circuit. The event will be of great interest to old and young climbers alike. It will be a trip down memory lane for the over 60s, and a journey into our rich climbing heritage for the younger audience.

Using photographic displays, a hands-on exhibition, destructive testing of old equipment, film clips and presentations by Martin Boysen, Pat Littlejohn, and DMM’s Fred Hall, you will understand the incredible changes which took place over just two decades, from the use of rudimentary, home-manufactured gear to modern-day protection equipment.

Daytime Programme.
The equipment exhibition, the photographic display and the opportunity to destruction-test your old gear, will all be available free-of-charge from 2.00pm upstairs at Beacon Climbing Centre. The exhibition and display will include:

  • Harry Smith’s (and others’) collections of proto-type, home-made and early commercially manufactured ‘nuts’.
  •  Ice climbing equipment.
  • Belay devices.
  • Prussick devices.
  • Climbing photos from the era, depicting old equipment in use.

Evening Programme.
7:00 – 7:10 Introduction – Peter Holden.
7:10 – 7:45 Guest speaker – Martin Boysen, including film footage – Left Wall, Cromlech.
7:45 – 8:20 Guest speaker – Pat Littlejohn, including film footage – Moonraker, Berry Head.
8.20 – 8:40 Break for refreshments.
8:40 – 9.10 Guest speaker – Fred Hall of DMM.
9.10 – Open Forum for audience comments, questions and contributions.

Date: Saturday 9th March 2019
Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre, Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2BD
Tickets: £4.00 per person (Free for U18s)



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