/ FRI NIGHT VID: The Climbers - Bonington, Mummery and Tweed.

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UKC News - on 11 Aug 2017
The Climbers - Chris Bonington, 3 kbOur Friday Night Video this week is a recreation of Alfred Mummery's classic climb of the Grépon in 1881. Chris Bonington is the star, along with woolen socks, old boots and a lot of tweed...

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Pedro50 on 11 Aug 2017
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Shannon Tweed? I'll be watching!
Wanderer100 - on 11 Aug 2017
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Great reproduction of a famous climb. Loved the style in which the team climbed.
jon on 11 Aug 2017
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If I remember correctly they got stuck up there as the bad weather came in preventing the heli coming for them. They did manage to descend under their own steam which must have been interesting considering the clothing and the ice axes which were straight out of the museum and insured for thousands of francs. Not that that was very much... The best bit must have been Bonington being shepherded down by French guides!
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Wanderer100 - on 11 Aug 2017
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Great story. I heard Chris Bonington mention the Alpenstocks were insured. The abseiling looked good fun!!! The last time I abseiled like that was on my mountain leader assessment and I managed to burn my hip. Doing it all the way down to the Col des Nantillons must have hurt unless they reverted to more modern methods!!
Camp to Camp says mixed climbing from F to PD+. Surely that can't be right?
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jon on 11 Aug 2017
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If you look at the close ups you can make out Bonington's harness under his tweeds.

I've done the Charmoz Grépon Traverse and it's harder than that. Can't remember if I climbed the Mummery Crack in boots or rockshoes, though. Charmoz-Grépon Traverse (D+ 6b)
Bulls Crack - on 11 Aug 2017
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'This Joe Brown und Don Whillans und so on'!
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