/ ARTICLE: Nick Bullock's Nightmayer

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UKC Articles - on 16 Jun 2017
Nico Favresse on The Nightmayer, 3 kbNick Bullock writes about an unfulfilled dream: to climb Nightmayer E8 6c.

You may call it an incessant nature; some less favourable may say OCD. The more sympathetic would call it driven and the cruel would say 'on the spectrum', but there have been certain climbs with certain small shallow pockets and sharp dark edges on certain pieces of rock that have held my attention for years, so I would call it longevity!



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Even though I've heard that story of Nico several times before it's still cracks me up.

If this is a taste of things to come I'm looking forward to Tides coming out too (good name btw), Echoes is still a personal favourite. If you ask me nicely I may even review if for you; if you pay me nicely I might even say something positive about it ;-)

Greasy Prusiks on 16 Jun 2017
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That was really well written.
jon on 16 Jun 2017
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Oof, a good plummet... and all the other right ingredients: being thoroughly upstaged by some youngster, Pat incapable of understanding common sense as usual, Julio Iglesias... how could you go wrong? Best article I've read for a while.
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Pkrynicki1984 - on 16 Jun 2017
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Great stuff
Mick Ward - on 16 Jun 2017
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Loved that! Sooo scary...

Mick
bensilvestre - on 16 Jun 2017
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Excellent Nick
Mark Stevenson - on 16 Jun 2017
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A great bit of writing and extremely poignant as I was hosting a visiting Dutch climber at the Cromlech that gloriously sunny and infamous day in 2008.
There was a fantastic atmosphere (and some good banter from Nick) which somehow convinced me to join in the multiple ascents of Right Wall.
Still possibly the highlight of my climbing career, my solitary E5 onsight
Somerset swede basher - on 16 Jun 2017
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I think that's the best article I've ever read on ukc. Might have to put the book on my Christmas list!
Sean Kelly - on 16 Jun 2017
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I know it's hard climbing, but the writing is just the absolute best. Thrilling, entertaining, frightening, comical and much more. Like Touching the Void, but on a much smaller scale. Certainly the best article on UKC in recent memory. The best ever...?
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bouldery bits - on 16 Jun 2017
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Echoes is a really brilliant read. Can't recommend it highly enough. Def excited for Tides.

Loved the article!
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Jon Stewart - on 16 Jun 2017
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Great read, thanks!
Fraser on 16 Jun 2017
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Great writing and reading, better than any Friday Night Video! Thanks.

Edit: I should just add that I've not yet watched this week's FNV, so no slight intended to JP.
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johncoxmysteriously - on 16 Jun 2017
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Is the caption to the Angus Kille picture right - 'just before he fell off'? He didn't fall off, did he? Perhaps it was an earlier attempt.

Great article, anyway.

jcm
Steve Perry - on 17 Jun 2017
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Great writing.
TobyA on 18 Jun 2017
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> Is the caption to the Angus Kille picture right - 'just before he fell off'? He didn't fall off, did he? Perhaps it was an earlier attempt.

Yeah, that's a good point. Has he tried it again? Or had he tried it previously?

jon on 18 Jun 2017
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> He didn't fall off, did he?

Well that was my impression too. Perhaps Nick can clear it up.
Ed Booth - on 18 Jun 2017
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Yeh it was previous attempt. The headwall which contains all of the meaty bit of the route is protected primarily by a reasonable but 4 and then nut 1. Angus fell onto the nut 4 on his first attempt. I also had a lead attempt a couple of days after his successful attempt and calum Muskett also had a lead attempt (when Angus tried his first lead attempt) but we both fell on the headwall too, but unlike Angus we need to get back to finish it off.

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ericinbristol - on 19 Jun 2017
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Really excellent writing - many thanks!
MikeYouCanClimb - on 19 Jun 2017
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Nick has certainly developed a Seductive style.

10/10 from me for the most improved author in recent times. It is a long way from “men in grey suits”.
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Alun - on 19 Jun 2017
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Nice article Nick.

I was climbing with Sean that day at the Cromlech. I thought I'd taken the prize for 'whipper of the day' when I fell from the last move of Resurrection (to about half way). Then as I was warming down, later on at the boulders, I looked up and saw Nico's fall, and I realised that I'd been outdone! Thanks for the memories
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SuperstarDJ - on 19 Jun 2017
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Great article. I will definitely be buying the next volume of your autobiography of the back of that!
henwardian - on 19 Jun 2017
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Thanks. That was the best read I've had in months from UKC.
I noticed Nightmayer was heavily chalked up last time I was down in N Wales, naturally I didn't even fondle the "holds"; saving it all for the onsight y'know ;)
Misha - on 19 Jun 2017
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Nick used to do a halarious (as ever) talk about the Nico Favresse story. Good to see it written down.

Hope the finger heals! Got to keep up with the youths...
Nick Bullock - on 23 Jun 2017
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Thanks for all of the positive and generous comments. Much appreciated.

All the best
Nick.




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